Megha Duta – Bahagian 8 oleh: Uthaya Sankar SB

More Image credit: Mystical Magical Herbs Baca bahagian-bahagian sebelumnya di sini. Kisah puisi klasik Megha Duta karya Kalidasa menampilkan kata-kata watak yaksa kepada gumpalan awan yang diminta menyampaikan pesanan kepada isterinya di Alaka. Sloka 20 – Selepas memuntahkan air dalam bentuk hujan, pergilah wahai awan, untuk mengambil air dari Sungai Reva. Baunya agak berbeza kerana sungai itu menjadi lubuk gajah untuk mandi. Wahai awan! Ketahuilah bahawa angin sepoi-sepoi bahasa tidak akan mampu mengangkat engkau ke langit jika tubuh engkau padat dan berisi. Sesiapa yang tidak memiliki atau menyimpan apa-apa selalunya amat ringan; manakala ketepuan menyumbang kepada tarikan graviti. Sloka...

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Love and Light Spoken with Sheena Baharudin

More Most of us who write poetry in high school, leave it at just that. But not Sheena Baharudin. Her words do not hide in pretty notebooks, sitting exiled on dusty shelves. No, her words have leapt off tattered pages onto the stage, where they scream, strut and dance around. She started off writing song lyrics and prose before dabbling in poetry as a teenager. And then, by a stroke of conscious decision, she entered the world of performance poetry and has since earned a name as a spoken word artist. Now, almost a decade after her first show...

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Charity for Rohingya kids through poems and haiku

More Specially created for Amir by Mimi Mashud of Kuala Terengganu in 7 Days fame. image credit: Mimi Mashud Most people expect to be showered with gifts on their birthday. But not Fixi’s Amir Muhammad. The independent filmmaker turned publisher recently ushered in his 44th birthday with a Facebook post requesting his friends to comment in poems and haikus. “Today is my birthday. For every person who writes an original poem/pantun/sajak/haiku about this happy occasion as a reply to this post, I will donate RM10 to a local charity of my choice. Deadline is the end of today. Begin!”...

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Teasing Hollywood with German Expressionism, or is it Batsheba expressionism?

More Is it necessary to be fluent in German, to get German Expressionist films? Or is the “German” in the title merely an expression? Well, according to our trusted, self-professed German Expressionist film-maker, Batsheba, if you’re asking that question, you’re over-analysing. “A few people have asked me this and I feel they are simply looking too much into it, trying too hard to be politically correct. “Takkan nak panggil Batsheba expressionism or Malay expressionism? I call it German expressionism because I borrowed a lot of style from a famous German expressionist film of the 1920s, The Cabinet of Dr....

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Zunar grants IGP wish, draws Donald de duck

More So, last week the Inspector General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar had suggested that cartoonist Zunar should stick to drawing Donald Duck instead of insulting leaders through his cartoons. Khalid was reported as saying; “He can draw McDonald or Donald Duck, anything, no one will care but don’t insult people,” when commenting on the political cartoonist’s arrest last week. Zunar is no stranger when it comes to simplifying national issues into cartoons – with majority of his cartoons poking fun at the scandalous Malaysian Prime Minister, Najib Razak. Infact, his erm.. “relationship” with Khalid goes a long way back...

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This artist morphs Pokemon into Kaijin – names them Po-Kaijin

More What if Professor Oak turns evil and reengineers Pokemon with Kaijins – the creatures from Kamen Rider? Enter Po-Kaijin – a computer technician’s personal art project seeking to explore this quirky concept of Nintendo’s globally received game. What is a Kaijin you ask? Derived from the Japanese word “Kaiju” which translates to monster, Kaijin on the other hand means “strange person”. It typically refers to a humanoid monster! Gasp! To date, Chen Zhi Yong has created 36 Po-Kaijin. Each week, a brand new artwork is uploaded without fail after Zhi Yong painstakingly works on each art piece every...

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SHORT STORY | Not Just Yet by Axam Maumoon

More Image credit: kuaby.com  It was loud as the train rumbled away. She looked up, brows furrowed, “Either you missed yours or I missed mine,” she said with a smile. “Let’s find out, shall we?” he replied, stepping on the escalator. It was sunny upstairs on the platform. Eastbound and Westbound platforms were one and the same, with the trains stopping on either side. This meant they could both sit together one last time before they went their separate ways. He needed that. They found the bench in the very middle of the platform, crossectional so they weren’t facing...

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POETRY | Neither Dream Nor Fable by Yanna Hashri

More The silence fled like a thief in the night. In its place, the fire made the loudest and emptiest bed you’d ever seen. We all heard the gods and their crops screaming like animals as they burned until the town was nothing but ash. We were hungry and desperate, you see. So we dug up the old graves and sucked the pain from our grandmothers’ bones. Whatever we didn’t retch on, leeched deep into our skin till we turned white as ghosts. What do you know about it, child? You weren’t there to see how many people fell...

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Indonesia wins UOB Painting of the year 2016, scores hat-trick

More   Gatot Indrajati’s “Right or Wrong My Home” Indonesia is fast building a street-credit as the “artist” nation of Southeast Asia, after snagging the UOB Painting of the Year title for 2016, which marks three times in a row. The winning art-piece by Yogyakarta’s, Gatot Indrajati is titled “Right or Wrong My Home” and was selected for its whimsical use of iconography and clever use of techniques such as composition, layering and perspective. The 36-year-old artist said he was inspired by the passion that Indonesians have for their country and how that attitude is such an inherent part of the Indonesian identity. “Indonesians also have...

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LIGHTBEARER | A cosmic release by SKIES ARE RED

More The supernatural beings that make up Skies Are Red have a cosmic message for you this Saturday, in the release of their debut single; Lightbearer Eksentrika had the delightful chance to pre-listen and our verdict is; Gotta Catch it Live! We were blown away by the angelic vocals of Danielle and the uplifiting music composition. Music has a way of speaking to the soul and we believe Skies Are Red know well the code. If you’re searching for meaning in life and need a light to shine on the darkened pathways of your mind, experience the rhythym live for yourself at  Merdekarya this Saturday,...

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Art vs nature, Ajesh vs site specific art

More What is it like painting in the rain? Eksentrika sits down with Indian artist, Ajesh Suresh, to make sense of the 35-year-old’s site specific artworks. The first thing that Ajesh says to me when I arrive at his apartment in Ampang is, “Would you like beers and some pizzas?” An hour later, while munching on some breadsticks and chicken wings, Ajesh offers me a glimpse into his eccentric mind through a series of art expeditions across the Southeast Asian region. In February this year, Ajesh journeyed all the way to Pekanbaru in Riau, Central Sumatra, the Indonesian heartland of haze...

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What to do for school holiday? See Masak Masak with S’kolah and Still Taming

More They were “green” in T4YP (Theatre For Young People) and now it’s time tp “ripen up” with Masak-Masak. Masak-Masak Ensemble Theatre is a brand new collective, specifically to nurture the talents that graduate from The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPAC)’s T4YP programme. At the helm, are none other than The Actors Studio’s in house director, Mark Beau de Silva and actor in residence, Ho Lee Ching, both of whom firmly believe in the potential of local talents for performing arts. Their shared passion for creating wonderful stories is what spurred the latest ensemble creation, with the humble vision to inspire and...

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