Author: Sukhbir Cheema

Aku Hidup Dalam Blues novelist Toyon passes on

All images credit Aku Hidup Dalam Blues Facebook Fan Page Today morning, Malaysians learnt the sad passing away of a legendary graphic novelist, Azzam Supardi, who passed away due to heart related illness. Azzam – who also goes by his pen name Toyon – was no stranger to the local literary and arts scene. He is well received for Aku Hidup Dalam Blues, a graphic novel which he collaborated with cartoonist Aie (Shaari Sulong). First published in the now defunct Malay language comic magazine, Ujang, in 1994, the novel was then cartoonised into Blues Untuk Aku, a bold attempt by Aie...

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Introducing the pride of Seremban, the Chan Wa Concert Band

All images credit: Chan Wa Concert Band The Siew Pau might be the pride of Seremban when it comes to food, but when it comes to music, specifically orchestra, there is a name that will be frequently mentioned by locals here. Seremban’s Chan Wa Concert Band is undoubtedly one of the best school bands around in Malaysia. Formed in 1964 by the 17th Gurkha Division, the band only played three musical instruments back then; fifes, bugles and drums. Infact the band was called the Chan Wa Military Band before it was renamed in the year 2000. In 1967, woodwind and brass were introduced into the band....

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Joe Hasham’s adaptation of Betrayal will leave you theorising at the end

Stephanie Van Driesen is Emma in Harold Pinter’s Betrayal. All images credit: klpac Convincing is the word to describe Joe Hasham’s recent stage play, Harold Pinter’s Betrayal at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac). Undoubtedly, it was a challenging production for three reasons; Pinter’s economical dialogue that left a vast room for interpretion of the script, staging an additional show in Bahasa Malaysia and thirdly, which in my opinion is the toughest, the fact that the first scene began in the year 1977 and ends in 1968. A nine-year progression of a story in reverse! With a strong cast comprising Stephanie...

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Extra characters are set to take centre stage in Zunar’s latest book

All images credit: Zunar Cartoonist Fan Club Malaysian political cartoonist Zunar is set to launch his latest cartoon book this week! Titled, “TWIT TWIT, CIN CIN”, the title is derived from the tiny extra characters or symbolism that the cartoonist has been known to insert into his satire pieces frequently. “Twit-Twit and Cin Cin are two unique, prominent extra characters that appear in my cartoons everyday. “Even though they are small in size, but they carry strong reminders to the people in a country dubbed as Kangkong Land,” Zunar says through a press statement on his website today. He adds...

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A Sarawakian artist is behind these dreamy mermaid artworks

Artwork by Ellie Yong When legendary animator Tom Bancroft issued a challenge last year to artists to draw mermaids everyday for the month of May, little did he realise that the challenge would become an annual global affair. Dubbed #MerMay, the challenge is now in its second year and there is a possibility it might be the next big thing after #Inktober. In Malaysia, there is one artist who has been drawing gorgeous mermaids diligently everyday this entire month. A post shared by Ellie Yong (@elliethopia) on May 9, 2017 at 8:41pm PDT A post shared by Ellie Yong (@elliethopia)...

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12oct - 15novoct 128:00 pmnov 15The Marriage of Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro)

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16oct - 24novoct 163:00 pmnov 24World’s Best Movies

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