‘Stop playing western instruments at funerals’

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 27 Apr 2016

Perak Mentri Besar’s special advi­ser and special officer Datuk V. Elango has taken to task Hindus who hire bands playing western instruments during funeral processions, Makkal Osai reported.

Elango was speaking at the consecration ceremony for the Meng­lembu Sri Raja Rajeshwari Temple near Ipoh, Perak.

The temple is undergoing renovations at a cost of RM800,000.

Elango said that Hindus had their own ceremonies and culture when it came to conducting fune­ral rites.

They should be performing religious incantations and chants such as Thevaram and Sivapuranam.

However, many have deviated from this and hire bands using western instruments.

This type of music is unsuitable for the sombre ceremonies performed according to tradition, he said.

> Twenty thousand Tamil books were thrown into the street and rare manuscripts destroyed after a library was ransacked in Karnataka, India, causing tensions in the state capital, Malaysia Nanban reported.

The Tamil library was operated by the Bangalore Thirukkural Mandram to serve the minority Tamil community in the state.

However, there have been attempts to force the association to vacate the building over the years.

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