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Keeper of tradition

In Malaysia, shadow puppetry is regarded as a quintessentially Malay tradition, and rare is the Chinese puppeteer. LEONG SIOK HUI talks to one.

Young voices on an old art

At last month#8217;s International Shadow Play Conference held at Universiti Malaya, VERONICA SHUNMUGAM quizzed youngsters about taking up where the elders leave off.

Playing with shadows

Mohd Hairi Yaakub is a skilled young painter with a sustained interest in the human body. Much of his work is primarily figurative and his latest series, showing currently at Badan Warisan Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, continues his exploration of the figure.

Issues discussed at International Shadow Play conference

Students stayed away in droves and audience numbers were sad. It#8217;s a pity the International Shadow Play Conference was so poorly attended because several intriguing hot button issues were discussed.

Light and shadow tell a tale

I>Wayang kulit/Iweaves a spell over CHRISTINA CHIN at the ongoing Penang-YTL Arts Festival.

Exhibition sheds light on an ancient artform

IN AN effort to raise awareness of i>wayang kulit/i>, a traditional form of shadow play, the Petaling Jaya Museum is currently hosting an exhibition themed “The Shadow Play: Malay Traditional Theatre”.

A keeper of tradition passes on

HIS reputation - notoriety, even - for being an unrivalled I>dalang samseng /I>(hooligan puppeteer) wasn't hard earned. For Abdullah Ibrahim, the mocking of human foibles such as duplicity, avarice, and hypocrisy came easily.

A keeper of tradition passes on

HIS reputation - notoriety, even - for being an unrivalled I>dalang samseng /I>(hooligan puppeteer) wasn't hard earned. For Abdullah Ibrahim, the mocking of human foibles such as duplicity, avarice, and hypocrisy came easily.

Star Wars quest to pull Malaysian art form out of shadows

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Darth Vader's distinctive helmet-headed silhouette swoops in to seize control of a spaceship, but this is not the movies -- instead his movements are being brought to life by a Malaysian shadow-puppet master behind a back-lit screen.

Keeping the beat alive

Percussionist and traditional music exponentKamrul talks about playing to a different beat.