93% Of Malaysian Artists Have Been Negatively Impacted By COVID-19. Here’s What You Can Do.

More The COVID-19 pandemic has not only disrupted the lives of billions of people on earth but also sealed the fates of many arts organizations across the globe that were already bleeding financially. In 2015 the UNESCO estimated the market size of the world’s cultural and creative industry at US$2.25 trillion, with nearly 30 million people employed. This figure was larger than India’s GDP. As countries across the world began imposing travel restrictions and social distancing measures, Cirque du Soleil, emerged as among the first iconic casualties. The Montreal-based circus giant announced that it was filing for bankruptcy. Art...

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SHORT STORY | Two Of The Same Thing by Lo Sin Yee

More The deafening ringing of the school bell reverberated at every corner.  Before it trailed off into silence, a cacophony of voices and laughter rose around a yellow cat.  He lazily raised his head as hundreds of feet pattered up and down the spiral staircase above him. A girl squatted down and stroked the cat’s head.  The cat let out a big yawn, showing his sharp teeth and tongue with utter nonchalance.  The girl chuckled and petted the cat’s cheek, just behind the whiskers, her own hair, parted at the centre, dangling from both sides of her slightly pimpled face. The cat closed his...

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Singaporean Musician Shares Her Secret To Growing A Fanbase In Boston

More Being a musician today is no longer just about having the best musicality. It’s also about learning how to grow a following and nurturing it. Although being good at several different instruments is still a mark of significant talent, having an aptitude for marketing is rising to the fore as an essential skill. This is especially true for many a bedroom pop artist vying for attention on YouTube, Spotify and the various other music streaming platforms there are. The reality is that hiring a manager to take care of the “business” aspect of performing is a luxury few...

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POETRY | The Seeker’s Heart by S.Teynmoli Subramaniam

More The seeker’s heart is always silent. Soaring in her own thought of what life is becoming.   The seeker’s heart is always firm For in her silence she carries her world.   Deep down inside, she knows Life is only a matter of time and endless perseverance…   The seeker’s heart is always serene. It has eyes that no one can see, and ears that no one can whisper.   Her mind is preserved in serenity, sanctified with resilience. She knows what she wants, and she chose what she becomes.   She sees with her heart, and listen...

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What’s The True Value Of Malaysian Art In The Time Of COVID-19?

More This post was originally posted by Ashwin Gobinath on his Facebook page on April 27, 2020. It was extremely moving and hit the nail home on the importance of placing high value on the local arts scene that we obtained his permission to reproduce the post here. We hope Ashwin’s sentiments resonates with you and his message is shared widely. Hopefully it reaches the ears of the various stakeholders of Malaysia’s creative economy including its policymakers.  It is public knowledge that times are, and have been tough. Especially now, with everyone having this huge shroud that is COVID-19 looming...

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POETRY | Good Enough by Charles Chiam

More “Why do you avoid me?” Because you scare me. “Why do I anger you?” Because I fear you. “Have I not done enough?!” I am never good enough That’s how you made me feel “Don’t you care how I feel?!” No, not anymore And never will, anymore “I’m trying to change” I too, tried to change But, did you know? No, you don’t, no How I feel stupid Because of your words How I feel weak Because of your actions Only when I had a twisted goal And was ever so close To meet my true Goddess Were...

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ESEI | Guru Sementara oleh M. Mahendran

More Pada tahun 1989 saya telah ke Temerloh untuk bekerja di sebuah pasaraya. Tiga tahun berikutnya saya telah bertugas sebagai guru sementara di dua buah sekolah rendah, iaitu dari tahun 1990 hingga 1992 dan kembali bekerja sepenuh masa semula di pasaraya tersebut pada hujung 1992. Sebenarnya ibu  saya yang suka saya menjadi guru seperti dia dan adik beradiknya yang lain, malah datuk dan nenek saya juga adalah guru yang mendapat pendidikan di India. Saya langsung tidak berminat untuk mewarisi tugas itu. Lagipun saya tidak mempunyai kelayakan yang baik dalam SPM dan STPM untuk melanjutkan pengajian perguruan di mana-mana maktab...

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POETRY | When Silence Reigns by Jayati Roy

More The earth casts a shadow, And our hearts ache, How can we be safe? Even if we lock ourselves down, our homes and our lives. Tumultuous is the pain, Heavy it reigns As we scramble away from each other and follow our own paths, Hear of thousands dying and thousands in pain, Millions perhaps someday!   The agony one feels, Of helplessness and loss, To the moon we have gone and back, Mars is in our grip we boast, Yet, why do we succumb to a blasted virus? Our populations decimated, Lives destroyed. Defeated by an enemy we...

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POETRY | The Feathery Hill by Jane Ng

More Com’on, hurry, catch the ice cream truck. We’ll eat our treats as we walk to the feathery hill in the golden meadow. I got a fudgicle Did you get a creamsicle? Com’on, hurry, let’s eat them before they melt. Then we’ll skip up the path leading to the feathery hill in the golden meadow. Just a little spooky here in this part. It’s not long though. Here hold my hand, we’ll kick like the Rockettes to the feathery hill in the golden meadow. The light, see it? It’s not far now.  C’mon run, run through the filtering mystical...

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SHORT STORY | A Widow’s Song by Jayati Roy

More Oh hear my song, You mighty waves, Do you hear my pain? Blistered lips quivering, The disconsolate widow sings.   Her voice, caressing the breeze, She writhes, Anguish in every vein, Bidding him goodbye; his last goodbye, As the seagulls coo in vain.   The garlands, red and yellow, Mashed, withered and mellow, Drifting further and further away, On the lap of the dancing waves, Whisking away what is left of him, A pot bearing her husband’s ashes, With no life within.   Her footprints, Nimbly, nimbly so, Treading on sand and a beach of stones, Hurting her...

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POETRY | The Stylite by Christine Chu

More Think not of me when the deep night lingers Kill me (if you can) but do not love me I pray you be safe from the taste of tears I was a songless dove, pure of desires Soaring with the clouds until you found me Think not of me when the deep night lingers We sang and danced through three wonderful years And found a home in an evergreen tree I prayed you be safe from the taste of tears Then I lost you (our songs still haunt my ears) I cried you an ocean; it drowned our...

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CERPEN | Misi MOMO oleh Anuradha Chelliah

More Aku masih perhati. Perhati dengan teliti. Kiri dan kanan. Depan dan belakang. Aku sentiasa berhati-hati. Kalau aku ditangkap pun, aku pasti berjaya melepaskan diri. Aku akan terus lari dan lari. Sudah beberapa hari aku perhati. Bahkan sudah beberapa minggu dan bulan aku perhati. Hari ini misi aku akan bermula. Aku akan masuk ke dalam ruang dapur rumah besar berwarna putih itu. Sebelum ini, aku hanya perhati sahaja. Memandang rumah yang bersih, cantik, kemas dan tersergam indah. Kadang-kadang, aku mengintip melalui tingkap. Semuanya cantik dan tersusun rapi di dalam rumah. Memang rajin tuan rumahnya. Tapi, anak-anaknya asyik menghadap telefon...

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