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Sunday, 3-Oct-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Malaysian Nite 2004 Rawks!

'Sejagat' Dancing Team Group Photo
Farid, Amal, Eriz...
Msian Nite Men Power (me, front row 3rd from left)
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Yeap, you heard it right! Although we were all in the traditional costume, but we rock! Look at the many beautiful shots we manage to capture during the nite Various types of dances were presented on stage... started out with Overture, then the Zapin Dance, Chinese Dance, Indian Dance, Joget Serampang Laut, Lilin, Endang.

The Overture dance represents the diversity of Malaysian culture, which mainly form of three main ethnicity namely Malay, Indian and Chinese.

Zapin dance used to be dance only by guys. However, modernisation has seen that it's tend to be performed by ladies. It comes from the northern states of Malaysia.

Joget Serampang Laut tells a story of ladies who celebrate their men coming back from fishing at the sea. They feast over the huge catch of the day. It originates from the state of Johore. The entrance to Malaysia via Singapore.

The lilin dance (candle dance) is about a newly engaged couple. The guy was very happy that he finally get hitched with the lady of his dream. But one day, the lady lost her engagement ring when passing by at dark field at night and by the help of her friends, they search for the lost ring in the dark. They use the candle light to help them finding the lost ring, in very graceful motion. That has formed the basis to the steps demonstrated in the dance

Endang dance is about a group of ppl washing their clothings at the river. There were so many ppl that it seem as it was a huge party!

Credits to photographer : Nadiah, and some pictures were acquired from Amal.


Saturday, 2-Oct-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Malam Gemilang : Bila Larut Malam (The 60's)

With Farid, my only male dancer fren involved in tonite's dance
The preparation room. Everyone was under lots of stress~
Yunie, helping Ain getting ready in her Zapin outfit
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Dated 2nd October, 2004; the Malam Gemilang 2004 was held at Prahran Town Hall. Hmm, yes, you got it right... the same venue as the Malaysian Nite that was held just 3 days back.

So, what is this Malam Gemilang stuff? Some of you may ask. An annual dinner that is hosted by Kelab Umno Australia Melbourne. It is sort of the climax in the club's activity calendar. As many as 110 ppl turned up to this event.

What's the big deal about this nite is that... I am involved in the performance again which is kinda cool to me Special thank to my Petronas frens and Aliza and Hassan, who I could see their tremendous support, when i was on stage

The 60's was chosen as the theme of the nite... wut was 60's like in Malaysia? Well, as for the guys, they styled their hair with huge ramos on the front, black spectacle, coat, very slim fitting long pant and the shirt colar was unfolded upright. As for the ladies, they were famous in their tight kebaya, shoulder length hair, batik and black spectacle too This was the time when the actor and actresses couple, namely P Ramlee and Saloma, were at the peak of their career~


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