Exhibition an effort to preserve art

WAYANG KULIT, menora, dikir barat, main puteri and mak yong. These traditional cultural arts are slowly fading away and if not preserved, will probably diminish in time. 

To restore the fading culture, Galeri Petronas and Pusaka Foundation are organising Angin, an exhibition on the five main traditional performances of Kelantan, at the gallery in Suria KLCC from March 8 to May 7.  

According to prominent local arts and cultural activist, Eddin Khoo, Kelantan is one of the states, which contain the richest traditional cultural arts.  

“There is something about traditional performances that the people today misunderstands, the passion for traditional arts cannot be differed by the age group in the society. 

The husband-wife team of Soraya Yusof Talismail (left) and MohdArif Awaluddin with some of the photography works to bedisplayed at the Angin exhibition.

“(Through pictures) you see real life, life of certain classic people and the history is captured in the pictures. That is how pictures interacts with the contemporary environment,” said Khoo, the founder of Pusaka and exhibition's curator, during a press conference recently. 

He said traditional performances are rooted in the community and it is a contemporary tradition that it is able to move with time. 

Angin features 82 photographs by Soraya Yusof Talismail and Mohd Arif Awaluddin who took a period to document the cultural performances in the state. 

In conjunction with the exhibition, the public are also welcome to attend various free lectures on traditional theatre, art of rebab, archival photography and preservation efforts and watch the mak yong, dikir barat, wayang kulit , menora and main puteri performances by Petronas Performing Arts Group and its counterparts. 

There will also be workshops which introduce children aged seven and 10 to traditional instruments on March 11, 14 and 18. A fee of RM15 per workshop will be charged. 

Separate sessions that aim to introduce children to wayang kulit will be held on April 8, 15, 22 and 29. Each participant will be charged RM100 for the four sessions. 

On March 21, from 1pm to 2pm, Khoo will take visitors on a walk through the Angin exhibition and those interested are advised to be at the gallery 10 minutes before the commencement of the brief tour. 

For more details, call Mas Zetti Atan at 03-2331 2879.  

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