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PUSAKA operates as a cultural organization that works with the custodians of ritual and traditional performing arts in Malaysia and the region. It also creates alternative performance platforms and curates festivals allowing urban audiences to engage and interact with Malaysian history, heritage, culture, and literature. It was founded in 2005 and is based in Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia.

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16B Jalan Wan Kadir 1, TTDI

Kuala Lumpur, 60000,


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General : Awang Batil Storyteller Of Perlis In Singapore For Three-day Show From May 19

May 10, 2023

AWANG BATIL STORYTELLER OF PERLIS IN SINGAPORE FOR THREE-DAY SHOW FROM MAY 19 Kredit : PUSAKA By Massita Ahmad SINGAPORE, May 10 (Bernama) -- Romli Mahamud, the last living master of the Awang Batil or musical storytelling tradition of Perlis in Malaysia, is set to perform in Singapore over three nights from May 19 during Pesta Raya at Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay. PUSAKA, a Malaysian cultural organisation established to conduct research and create a comprehensive archive of traditional artforms, said the storyteller better known as Pak Romli will perform three stories. The stories are Awang Akar Larak, Awang Nakal, and Awang Parang Besar where Pak Romli will perform in the Northern Malay dialect one story each night. English synopses of the stories will be made available through QR codes for audiences who wish to read them, said PUSAKA. It is literally a one man traditional theatre as Awang Batil is a solo performer who narrates his stories as he beats the batil, a brass bowl or belanga, a jar commonly used to store water. The storyteller also plays other instruments such as the violin, serunai (flute), rebana (tambourine) and gendang terinai (drum). During the narration, the Awang Batil uses two masks, the Hulubalang (warrior) mask and the Wak Nujum (royal soothsayer) mask, when the respective characters appear in the stories. Some of the most well known Awang Batil stories include Raja Dewa Lok, Raja Bersiung, Raja Berdarah Putih, Anak Lang Pak Belang, Jabat Jabit, Abu Nawas, Cerita Angan-Angan and Awang Ada Duit Semua Jadi. Awang Batil performances were traditionally held at weddings and evening festivities and often continued till dawn, with some performances going on for two to five days. These longer stories are usually told when someone has personally invited the Awang Batil to his home, typically after the rice harvest season. According to PUSAKA, Pak Romli comes from a lineage of Awang Batil storytellers who have passed on their legacy and stories. His late father, Mahamud Awang (bin) Wahid was the most famous storyteller from Kampung Pokok Sena in Chuping, Perlis. Almost all the instruments used during the show were made and used by Pak Romli and his forefathers. Visit mes/awang-batil-of-perlis for more details. The Singapore Pesta Raya Malay Arts Festival honours the diversity and richness of the Malay community by showcasing the best of theatre, dance, and music from the Nusantara (Malay Archipelago). It is a celebration of the community's icons and treasures, highlighting the vibrant cultural heritage of this region. -- BERNAMA BERNAMA provides up-to-date authentic and comprehensive news and information which are disseminated via BERNAMA Wires;; BERNAMA TV on the Astro 502, unifi TV 631 and MYTV 121 IFLIX channels and BERNAMA Radio on the FM93.9 (Klang Valley), FM107.5 (Johor), FM107.9 (Kota Kinabalu) and RM100.9 (Kuching) frequencies. Follow us on social media : Facebook : @bernamaofficial, @bernamatv, @bernamaradio

PUSAKA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • When was PUSAKA founded?

    PUSAKA was founded in 2005.

  • Where is PUSAKA's headquarters?

    PUSAKA's headquarters is located at 16B Jalan Wan Kadir 1, TTDI, Kuala Lumpur.

  • Who are PUSAKA's competitors?

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