Author: Ista

She Was Disfigured, Divorced And Depressed. Art Became Her Balm.

We recently spent an entire day – a trip from Taiping to Kuala Lumpur, in fact – with artist Tya who shared with us her personal story. It was such a powerful story that we were blown away by her tenacity and spirit. Realising that her story can possibly empower others like her, we obtained her permission to share it with you. In this story, you’ll also come across some methods which Tya utilizes to manage her mental and emotional well-being. Her methods, however, would only work for some of you. More than anything, we encourage seeking support from...

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Who Is Yasmin Ahmad? Personal Stories By Malaysians Who Knew Her.

Image credit Yasmin at Kong Heng. In 2009, Malaysia lost a precious soul. Yasmin Ahmad was only 51 when she returned to the Maker. The filmmaker collapsed, unexpectedly, at a work meeting. She had been suffering from a brain hemorrhage. The news shocked a nation, who had felt her love through her work in television ads. Until today, her name is synonymous with that special way of storytelling, a mix of humour, love and unspoken realities that most Malaysians will easily relate with. She boldly treaded where others feared to go, touching on taboo themes such as interracial love and...

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REVIEW | Malaya Relived: The Penang Riots

All images credit Liver and Lung Productions. In a secluded alley of GMBB mall, just as the evening started, I found myself entering into a portal of another world. It was of another time and another place, at least, it felt like that despite small bits of cellophane tape glittering at me from the edges of traditional Chinese stickers and streamers on the wall. But it wasn’t the Chinese lanterns that evoked the old world charm, nor the beaded curtains or antique looking dresser and chair inside the small shop lot, with shutter doors drawn down. If anything, the...

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10 Amazing Ways To Support The Malaysian Music Industry

Image credit: All Is Amazing This is Part 3 and the final article in a series that looked into the factors influencing how Malaysian music gets selected for radio and the challenges musicians face in the process. You can read  more on that in Part 1 and Part 2 for further context. Getting more Malaysian music on radio, specifically English songs, is a feat that requires collaboration between multiple stakeholders. Some of the key people involved are local musicians, radio executives, the communications and multimedia ministry and local music fans; that’s you and me! How can we make this...

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Teacher gets 45 non-English speaking students to stage a play in English!

Over the past few months, a group of secondary school students have been toiling together to put up a play. The performance is set to be in English; a language that is not native to most if not all the participants. Yet, these teenagers, from five “high need schools” in Kedah, have decided to embrace the challenge to raise awareness against the destructive behaviour of bullying. For this reason, “Singing for the Lions” is not your ordinary theatre piece. The ensemble cast and crew consist of 45 students from SMK Lubok Buntar, SMK Serdang, SMK Serdang Baru, SMK Sultan Ahmad...

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