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Celebrate Malaysia Day With Traditional Dances From PUSAKA

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Celebrate Malaysia Day with traditional dance performances from PUSAKA, the Seni Reog, and Manora. Moreover, the dance performance will happen this Saturday, 17 September at RexKL, Kuala Lumpur starting at 8.30 p.m.

Other than that, as part of Malam PUSAKA at Ruang Kota, the cultural celebration will feature traditional dance performances. It is from Kumpulan Sri Wahyuni from Batu Pahat, Johor. The other one is Kumpulan Manora Cit Manit from Bukit Yong, Kelantan.

Also, the event is supported by the Cultural Economy Development Agency (CENDANA) and the National Economic Recovery Programme (PENJANA).

Traditional dances

Uniquely, Kumpulan Sri Wahyuni will perform Reog, one of the traditional dances that you will see. They are a leader of the Javanese ethnic-cultural group from generation to generation that operates 3 types of culture namely Wayang Kulit Purwo, Kuda Kepang, and Reog.

Reog is a traditional Indonesian dance performance usually in an open arena for crowd entertainment. It has mystical aspects, a lead dancer with a lion’s head wearing a peacock feather ornament, other dancers wearing masks, and Kuda Lumping.

Interestingly, Kumpulan Manora Cit Manit will perform the Manora dance. Also, in the north Malaysian states of Kelantan, Kedah, Perlis, and Penang, the Thai community practices the traditional dance-drama tradition known as Manora, sometimes spelled Menora.

Not just that, Manora, also known as Nora Chatri or Nora, has its roots in southern Thailand. In a Manora performance, stylized singing, dancing, humor, and drama are all included.

Manora in Malaysia has unique characteristics and is also known as “Manora Khek” or “Manora Melayu” among practitioners.

The Manora and Mak Yong traditions have influenced one another in Kelantan. Manora in Kelantan uses Kelantanese dialect and music in Kelantanese.

For those who do not know, ‘Malam PUSAKA Di Ruang Kota’ is a series of cultural events featuring performances by experts in current living cultures from all throughout the country. Also, the event on Saturday is free for all to enter.

Sources: PUSAKA

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