AS PART of its continuous commitment to the preservation of Malaysia’s traditional arts, Petronas is contributing RM300,000 to two organisations to assist in their endeavour to preserve, nurture and promote Malaysian traditional performing arts.
The two organisations are Geng Wak Long and The Dayak Cultural Foundation.
Geng Wak Long is known for its efforts and expertise in the preservation and promotion of traditional art forms unique to the east coast of peninsular Malaysia including dikir barat, mak yong, tari inai, wayang kulit and other art genres.
Members of the group had been trained by the first recipient of the National Art Award the late Pak Awang Hamzah.
Its founder Mohd Kamrul Bahri Hussin is himself an active traditional arts proponent who has won numerous national and international awards and accolades.
The Dayak Cultural Foundation is a prolific proponent of the Dayak cultural heritage, particularly its dance and music, through various educational and promotional efforts.
One of the foundation’s platforms is its Ethnic Orchestra comprising an ensemble of traditional musical instruments — including the traditional mouth organ, the engkerurai.
Petronas feels the traditional art forms ought to be nurtured and promoted for the future generation.
The disbursements are conditional on deliverables and agreed plans with each recipient to ensure their endeavours are within the ambit of preserving, nurturing and promoting Malaysian traditional performing arts.
Petronas hopes its contribution will help the recipients in their respective continuous efforts in nurturing, preserving and promoting Malaysia’s rich and diverse traditional arts and heritage.
The two recipients will also be part of the upcoming Dewan Filharmonik Petronas’ Seni Festival, an annual event to showcase and promote Malaysia’s diverse and rich culture and traditional art forms.
Apart from the contribution, Petronas is also identifying several other options and platforms to continue supporting the preservation, nurturing and promotion of Malaysia’s traditional arts and culture in a more sustainable manner to help ensure that Malaysia’s heritage is preserved to be appreciated and cherished for generations to come.