Thursday, July 18, 2013

Traditional Dance (Malaysia)

Malaysia, a country with rich intermingling of cultures, has a particularly rich and varied dance heritage. Each dance performance is a tapestry which weaves together exquisite costumes as well as delicate and expressive movements.

Featured in the 30 sen stamp are two Indian dances - Bharata Natyam and Kathak. Indian dances are many and varied, and can be divided into classical and folk styles. Some of the dances express a more spiritual angle, others express the simple joy of village life. Both Bharata Natyam and Kathak belong to the classical styles.

Chinese dances, as featured in the 50 sen stamp, use simple props such as Fan, Umbrella and Handkerchief as extensions of the dancer's own emotions. Many Chinese traditional dances are important accompaniment to key festivals, and are accompanied by the pounding of the gu (drums) and bo (cymbals).

Two traditional Malay dances are being featured in the RM1 stamp. The fluid grace of the dancers of the Kelantanese Tarian Asyik, as they sway gently to the sound of traditional instruments such as serunai, gambang and rebab, represents the flight of birds. Tarian Zapin, which has Persian roots, has now developed many forms across the states of Malaysia.


Date of Issue : 9 Apr 2005
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 30 sen, 50 sen and RM1
Stamp Size : 40mm x 30mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography


Perhaps the region of Malaysia most blessed with the most form of dance is Sabah and Sarawak, due to the many different ethnic groups of the land. Tarian Sumazau, Tarian Datun Julud and Tarian Kanjet Ngeleput, just to name a few.

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