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Of Dance and Divine Union


The beautiful art of the oldest Indian classical dance form of Bharatanatyam was brought to life through “Samyoga – The Divine Union” in January to a full house at the auditorium of the Perak Department for Arts and Culture (JKKN).

Set in the Kalakshetra style of Bharatanatyam, it was produced by Kalpana Dance Theatre from Kuala Lumpur and presented by Ipoh Fine Arts Society (IFAS) together with JKKN.

One would especially love their attention to detail, as the venue was decked in customary Hindu wedding style complete with laddu (sphere-shaped sweet) for each guest to bring home.

Featuring sought-after artists from as far as India, the evening of romance unfolded as the ancient art depicted the justice of the sacrament of marriage through episodes of divine matrimonies, each act with a unique plot.

Choreographed by Shri P.T. Narendran, the dancers were accompanied by a live orchestra and renowned vocalist Shri K. Hariprasad.

The enthusiasm for dance shone through and connected with the audience as the graceful dancers portrayed mood via facial expression and gesture.

“2019 marks the 30th anniversary year of IFAS which was founded in 1989. To start our anniversary year with this beautifully crafted and auspicious dance drama is indeed a beautiful beginning,” Shanti Lingam, president of IFAS said in her closing address.

Present were special guest Jayalachimi Kulasegaran, wife of Human Resources Minister, M. Kulasegaran and patrons of IFAS, Dato’ R. Thambipillay and Dato’ Dr Madhuri Majumder, among others.

As they say, marriages are made in heaven but that night it was brought to us on Earth, thanks to the original production.

Mei Kuan


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Tan Mei Kuan

Tan Mei Kuan graduated with first-class honours and book prize from University of Malaya majoring in languages and linguistics (English). She is proficient in both written and spoken English and Malay. She is also conversant in Mandarin and has knowledge of Japanese and Korean languages. Mei Kuan has been on the Dean’s List for three years running. Having written for the campus newspaper and residential college magazine, joining Ipoh Echo has helped utilise her writing and language skills. In her spare time she enjoys running (races).

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