Artists and artistes unite for ‘virtual’ Ponggal fest


Compiled by C. ARUNO, HEMANANTHANI SIVANANDAM and R. ARAVINTHAN

THE Sebasthiyar Kalaikoodam folk art school in Ipoh will put on an online musical and dance show in conjunction with the Ponggal festival, reported Malaysia Nanban.

School founder Iruthayam Sebasthiyar said the show, which would be streamed on YouTube, was filmed at the Arulmigu Raja Rajeswari Temple in Menglembu and features local musicians and dancers from Perak and Penang.

The songs and music were composed by Sebasthiyar himself.

Streaming began on Jan 14 on the school’s YouTube page and will continue for the duration of the festival.

> SJK (T) Bandar Seri Alam in Johor Baru, which is supposed to see its doors open for students this year after a two-year delay, had its opening postponed after a nearby retaining wall collapsed, reported Makkal Osai.

The construction of the school began in 2016 with an allocation of RM20mil and was completed in 2018.

Following several delays in approvals, the school was scheduled to open on Jan 20 for the new term.

However, a 45x9m retaining wall of the adjacent residential area collapsed into the school compound, making it a hazard.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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