Saturday, May 7, 2016

Traditional Dance (Malaysia) - Series II


Traditional dance is a popular form of cultural expression in Malaysia, a country well-known for its multi-racial and multi-religion population. Such dances are performed during festive celebrations, weddings or public events.

This second continuation of the Traditional Dance series gives prominence to the traditional dance of the Malays, Chinese, Indians, Kwijau and Bidayuh.

Cempaka Sari Dance - This is a traditional Malay court dance which highlights the greatness of the Perak Sultanate of the olden days. The use of long scarves in the dance epitomise grace and beauty, while the use of fans symbolise a peaceful and harmonious life under a fair and just ruler.

Chinese Ribbon Dance - This dance originated from mainland China during the Han Dynasty but evolved during the Tang Dynasty. The ribbons used in the dance are usually 5 to 12 feet long, and is tied to a stick. Skilled dancers can create beautiful movements of dragons and rainbows in the sky using these ribbons.

Odissi Dance - Also popularly known as Orissi, this dance is one of the eight traditional dance forms of India. This dance is characterised by three body bends involving the the deflection of head, torso and hips, with dancers in colourful costumes stamp their feet and strike various poses as seen in Indian scriptures.

Magunatip Dance - Also known as the Bamboo Dance, this head hunter dance is performed by the indigenous ethnic group Kwijau of Sabah. Two dancers will hold bamboo poles and beat them together over shorter wood or bamboo, creating an interesting rhythm. This dance involves jumping between clapping bamboo poles and requires one to be fast to avoid getting their feet trapped.

Redang Be'uh - This is a dance of the Bidayuh community in Sarawak, and is usually performed after the harvest season. The movements of the dancers with outstretched hands, imitating the movements of flying eagles, which is why this dance is also known as Eagle Dance.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 3 Feb 2016
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 5 x 60 sen
Stamp Size : 25mm x 60mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

The Indian's Bharata Natyam and Kathak dance, the Chinese dance and the Malay's Tarian Asyik and Tarian Zapin are featured in the first issue on Traditional Dance.

Find out more here.

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