KELANTAN Mentri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat has called on cultural activists in the state to tailor their performances to suit the Islamic concept.
He said all performances must be in tune to the concept of development through Islam failing which the state government would not allow them to be staged for public viewing.
He cited examples where mak yong, wayang kulit and dikir barat were now allowed in the state as the performers had adjusted the scripts and movements to meet Islamic values.
Fantasy and dance positions not akin to Islam will not be accepted, he said when officiating the state cultural awards night at Hotel Perdana in Kota Baru recently.
Former Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka director-general Datuk Abdul Aziz Deraman, 58, re- ceived the states top cultural award with a cash prize of RM5,000, a souvenir and a certificate.
Young Kelantan Writers Federation (GAMA) won the best association award while for culture (pencak silat), it went to Wan Ab Halim Wan Mamat, 50.
Mustapha Jusoh, 52, was adjudged the best culture activist (theatre/script), Zawawi Salleh, 48, the best culture activist (dikit barat) and Mohd Zain Ismail whose stage name is Jen Enduro, 46, the best culture activist (dikir barat script).
Other awards went to Suffian Hassan, 40, for best culture activist (rebana kercing) while Harun Hasan, 60, Norhisham Mustafa, 56 and Abdul Rahman Al Baladi, 62, were given certificates of appreciation for their involvement in the Malay performing arts in Kelantan.
Kelantan is known as the cradle of the Malay culture and it is the birthplace of many cultural performances, dance and theatre.