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TERENGGANU - EAST COAST REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA
ARTS & CULTURE - Traditional Music & Dance
 
 

TRADITIONAL

MUSIC & DANCE

TERENGGANU

The gracefulness of traditional dances is a unique expression of Terengganu's identity.

Terengganu Malay Traditional Music & Dance

 

Through a delightful profusion of colourful traditions, it exudes charms that reflect the traditional way of warmth and hospitality. Grace is the reflection of an old world charms that are vibrant and captivating. Terengganu is rich with gracious traditional dances and games that reflect the true culture of the people, handed down for generations. From the dance choreography to the dancers' costume design to the art of making the traditional musical and game instruments, the attention to every detail are astounding. Each and every gracious move, curve and line signifies the values and meanings to the culture of Terengganu.

 
  GAMELAN

Gamelan was brought to Malay Peninsula by Sultan Ahmad of Pahang from Riau-Lingga where it was originally played during the Sultanate of Riau-Lingga and introduced to Terengganu state during the royal wedding ceremony between Tengku Meriam, daughter of Sultan Ahmad and the Prince of Sultan Zainal Abidin II of Terengganu. From the narratives told by the storytellers, the Gamelan has 39 different dances and part of these were created by Tengku Ampuan Meriam herself.

 

This beautiful royal dance is accompanied by musical instruments like Serunai, Gambang, Saron, Bonang, Kenong, Gendang Ibu and Gendang Anak, led by eight pretty ladies dressed in colourful silk costumes to perform the story. Back in the old days, the Malay Gamelan was played during royal and formal occasions by specially-trained performers playing instruments such as Gong Agong, Gong Sawokan, Gendang Ibu, Gendang Anak, Saron Pekin, Saron Baron I, and Saron Baron II, Gambang and Kenong.

Gamelan - Terengganu Malay Traditional Music & Dance

 
  RODAT

Tarian Rodat is known as the Terengganu folkdance, believed to be originated from Arabian Peninsular and brought to Malayan Archipelago by Muslim traders via Sambas, Indonesia.   The name was taken and shortened from the words of 'Had rat Baghdad' which means Zikir (songs in praise of Allah and Prophet Muhammad) Baghdad. It comprises of balladry and poetry, interspersed with advice for the community to improve itself socially and culturally. The dance with ranges from 20 to 26 performers filled with advices, customs, fun, contemplation and awareness, companied by the hard-

Rodat - Terengganu Malay Traditional Music & Dance

beating of Rebana drums by 'Pengadi' (eight drummers) and dances by twelve males 'Pelenggok' and four to six 'Mak Inang'. Rodat basic movements are divided into sitting-kneeling; a combination of squatting and standing, mainly performed by male dancers and standing movements. It can be seen during wedding ceremonies, cultural fests, circumcision ceremonies, and the celebration of the ruler's birthday.

 
 
  ULEK MAYANG

Ulek Mayang - Terengganu Malay Traditional Music & Dance

 

The unique trance dance of Ulek Mayang originating from the pre Islamic era where believe in spirits plays a prominent role in the local society. The trance dance that worships and entice the spirits called Ulek Mayang which literally means to croon and chant as a part of healing the possessed, accompanied by soothing sound of traditional musical instruments and using coconut-palm blossom used to chase away the spirits back to where it belongs. The legend tells the story that a group of fishermen was caught in a freak storm in the middle of the sea and one of the fishermen was possessed by an angry spirit of the sea. He was brought ashore and the villagers called upon a traditional healer who chants traditional rhymes under the spell of kemenyan (benzoin / styrax benzoin resin) and uses the coconut-palm blossom to chase away the spirit with the help of the seven mystical princesses. At last the possessed fisherman was healed and the princesses managed to send the spirits to where it belongs. Although it was once a folk ritual ceremony in ancient Terengganu Malay society, now it is well known as a beautiful traditional dance found only in Terengganu.

 
 
  JOGET

Perhaps this is the time for you to shake your body a bit. Joget is Malaysia's most popular traditional dance that indicates the foreign influence in the Malay land. Joget is said to have introduced from Portuguese to Malacca through the trading activities between two countries during the sultanate period.   It is a lively dance with an upbeat tempo which the steps and music are quite similar to cha-cha and is not necessary you need to know all the steps of this dance. When the music is on, the dancers will just gradually raising themselves from a sitting to a kneeling posture, then to their feet and begin a series of figures with their arms, hands and body. All the movements are slow and graceful sometimes accompanied with rollicking good humor. It is always performed by couples.

Joget - Terengganu Malay Traditional Music & Dance

 

Due to the lively music and graceful movements, hands clapping and joyous sound from audiences will definitely bring the spirit to a higher realm and it will not be surprise that the audiences are imitating the movement from their seat too. It is generally lively and very entertaining.

 
  TARIAN

The Malay?s traditional life style is always artistic and sophisticated. Tarian or dancing, is another art that can never be separated from the Malay culture. There are a numbers of Malay dances in Terengganu and most of them reflecting the traditional Malay life style and ritual. For example the Tarian Balai which is danced by a group of village ladies with the purpose to thwart any disasters that might be faced during the flowering season in the paddy field.

 

Whereas Mak Yong is a Malay dancing that combines of ritual elements, acting and dancing. Vocal and instrumental music is used together with singings, drama, story telling and music. This ancient classic court entertainment combines romantic stories, operatic singing and humor.

Tarian - Terengganu Malay Traditional Music & Dance

 
  TARIAN ANAK BURUNG BANIONG

Originating from Kampung Kuala Jingai in Hulu Terengganu, this ethnic dance is also known as Tarian Saba. The dancers perform around the Saba tree to traditional music and the sound created by a bamboo like device called "Kumbang".

Tarian Anak Burung Baniong - Terengganu Malay Traditional Music & Dance

 
  TARIAN ULEK SERKAP

This is the ethnic dance of the farming community in Hulu Terengganu, performed to appease the spirit of the padi crop. It is traditionally held after the harvest season to convey thanks for a good harvest and also to seek blessings for a more bountiful harvest in the next planting season. The dance movements are simple and revolved around a structure called "Balai". The song are sung to the accompaniment of traditional music.

Tarian Ulek Serkap - Terengganu Malay Traditional Music & Dance

 
 
 
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