As an initiative of Kolej Kediaman 5 to introduce the culture of East Coast Malay people to the UMP students, a Gendang Silat club and Dikir Barat club has been approved and the training has started since a month ago. Our college now has the Gendang Ibu Gendang Anak (for Silat), Gendang Ibu Gendang Anak (for Dikir), Gong, Canang, Marakas, Serunai and a Rebab.
A promotion had been done to the villagers who live around UMP Pekan, and our students had been promoting them since one week by passing the flyers door to door and also go directly to promote to the passer-by. One of the villagers gave us the banana trees for the Wayang Kulit performance for that night.
It was indeed a new experience of everyone of us to organize such a very beautiful cultural night with a real performers came from the village. And we were also honored to have the villagers around UMP who came and enjoyed the show. Most of them said the last time they watch a shadow puppet show when they were still young in the 70's-80's and it reminds them how this shadow puppet show was their "television" at that time. The art of playing the shadow puppet is a very difficult art and more and more "Tok Dalang" become older and it is not possible that if we don't preserve the art, one day we will only can witness the show only in Youtube or CD's. After couple of days talking with the Tok Dalang and Tukang Gendang, I found that a Tok Dalang is the main person for everything in a Wayang Kulit. He is the director, the actors, the narrator, the music compositors and even the comedians. Hundreds of stories, legends, myths and characters with different voices, attitude and personality have to be imitated.
I do hope that this culture will preserve. And everyone of us should do our small role to make this will last...