Kelantan visit an eye-opening experience for teens

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 16 Mar 2005

KOTA BARU: It was a new and interesting cultural experience for some of the 43 participants of The Star BRATs (Bright, Roving, Annoying Teens) who were here for a workshop. 

For 17-year-old Kedah-born Anjulie Ngan, who has not seen or played a traditional Malay musical instrument, watching Mohammad Ismail and his team of rebana ubi players was a new experience. 

“The rebana ubi demonstration was a real eye-opener for me. I’ve never seen anything like that, and never played a traditional musical instrument,” said Anjulie. 

The participants also visited four different places to watch demonstrations by villagers who specialise in traditional Kelantanese art forms. 

DO THE 'MANORA': Pak Eh Chom showing 18-year-old BRATs member Angelreena Lim how to dance the 'manora' while wearing a dance costume at his gift shop near Kota Baru Tuesday.

Among the cultural activities the BRATs learnt about were the making of wau bulan, the manora (a traditional dance performance which originated from Thailand), and the wayang kulit “shadow play”. 

Another participant Wong Yee Wen, 16, from Penang, was also intrigued by the rebana ubi demonstration – an art form not commonly seen in her hometown.  

“I also learned about the simplicity of the village life,” Yee Wan said.  

Sixteen-year-old Lee Zhi Wei said learning about the wau bulan was fascinating.  

“It was interesting to know about the history and origins of this traditional art,” said the student from Johor. 

Later, the BRATs interviewed housewife Nik Hasnah Nik Abdul Kadir, 72, who makes traditional Kelantanese cakes.  

This year’s BRATs workshop, which ends today, was organised with the co-operation of MAGGI.  

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