Author: Ista

These Talented Teens Perform Bharatanatyam With Buckets As Drums

Does an underprivileged child have a choice to become a dancer or musician? For Lavanya Selvaratnam, the answer is a resounding yes. As a firm believer in the enhancing powers of the arts, the Bharatanatyam teacher says more people need to realise the important role that artistic influence can have in the lives of youth, especially those from troubled backgrounds. “I myself come from humble beginnings and dance played a significant role to help me overcome many challenges. “Lady luck was not especially on my side but I gained resilience and a fighting spirit through my involvement in dance...

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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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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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