MALAYSIANS and tourists who are interested in the country’s traditional arts should head to the Malaysia Tourism Centre (MaTiC) from Aug 19 to watch classical dance, theatre and music performances for free.
The performances that will be showcased are Malay Traditional Theatre Makyong on Aug 19 and 20, Malaysia Traditional Orchestra (OTM) on Sept 2 and 3, and Puteri Lindungan Bulan Dance Drama on Oct 14 and 15 at Dewan Tunku Abdul Rahman, MaTiC, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.
Istana Budaya is cooperating with MaTiC to introduce the Malaysia Traditional Arts Showcase 2016 for the first time, an initiative under the Tourism and Culture Ministry’s Transformation Programme, Teras Membudaya Nilai.
The programmes aim to introduce our traditional arts to local and foreign tourists as well as contribute to the country’s tourism industry.
Tourism and Culture Ministry deputy secretary-general (Culture) Datuk Ab Ghaffar A. Tambi said this kind of programme was intended for the younger generation to understand the importance of traditional art.
“The younger generation prefers to play with electronic gadgets rather than enjoy the beauty of Makyong performance, traditional music and the palace’s dances which used to be the country’s pride.” said Ab Ghaffar.
“It’s not impossible that one day, traditional arts can go extinct if it’s not passed to the new generation.” he added.
The Makyong performance, titled Dewa Indera Dewa, is a mix of ritual, drama, songs, dance, singing and dialogue in the Kelantanese dialect with the famous Pakyong Rosnan Rahman playing the lead role.
It tells the story of two sibling princes who went hunting and found a princess, Puteri Selindungan Daun, and afterwards fought to marry her.
Puteri Lindungan Bulan, a dance drama which includes different kinds of palace dances such as Asyik, Terinai and Layang Mas with live traditional music, directed by Lokman Ghani and featuring the Artistana Istana Budaya.
Malaysia Traditional Orchestra (OTM) presents unique traditional music from multi-racial Malaysia entitled The Colours Of Malaysia.
The orchestra which is lead by OTM conductor, Mohd Yazid Zakaria, includes traditional instruments from different races such as the rebab, rebana, sitar, erhu, yangqin and tabla.
Ab. Ghaffar also said the Tourism and Culture Ministry, under Malaysia Tourism Transformation Plan 2020, was placed on the front line as they aim to achieve 36 million tourist arrivals and RM168bil in receipts by 2020.
“Even though the number of tourists dropped by two million last year because of the drop in currency, we are confident that the initiatives by Tourism Malaysia together with Istana Budaya and MaTiC can attract tourists to our country as we are targetting 30.5 million tourists this year, which will contribute RM103bil to the economy,” said Ab. Ghaffar.