TANJUNG MALIM, Oct 31 –To help preserve, foster and promote the development of traditional culture and heritage of Malaysia, Petronas has sponsored a workshop on Jikey for students of the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts at Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI).
“Arts and cultural activities are vital in fostering national identity, and to ensure the continuity of a tradition passed down from generation to generation does not drift down the stream of modern technology,” said the faculty’s dean, Prof Madya Zaharul Lailidin Saidon, when speaking at a Preview of the Traditional Jikey Performance by the Persatuan Penggerak Warisan Seni dan Budaya Negeri Kedah (AKRAB), here today.
He said countries like Japan and South Korea, despite being pioneers in the world of technological advancement, were concerned about their civilisation, language and culture. The two-day workshop held in collaboration with UPSI and AKRAB, will also feature a Jikey performance on Sunday, at the Panggung Budaya UPSI.
Meanwhile, AKRAB artistic director Siti Salwani Shaari said Jikey was an ancient performing art, popular in Kedah, Perlis and Thailand, which combines music, singing, dancing as well as acting. She said Jikey was also influenced by artistic elements found in ‘Mak Yong’, ‘Hadrah’, ‘Bangsawan’ and ‘Mek Mulung’.