Experience the mystical echo of Malay Gamelan first hand. Learn the basics of Malay Gamelan playing and the history behind the instruments and songs in this
Gamelan was once a symbol of royalty, an ensemble of brass instruments only performed as the exquisite entertainment for royal pleasure. Between 1914 and 1942, the love and effort devoted by the royal couple of Terengganu, Sultan Sulaiman Badrul Alam Syah and Tengku Ampuan Mariam, carried the Malay gamelan into its glory days. However, the demise of the patrons and World War II had caused the Malay gamelan to almost disappear, turning it into a hidden treasure.
Later on, Tan Sri Haji Mubin Sheppard, a man on a mission to preserve Malay architecture, stumbled upon the long abandoned gamelan instruments, locked away in Istana Kolam. This led to the reunion of former musicians and re-establishment of new dancers. Hence, the Malay Gamelan was born.
Now the Malay gamelan has lifted its veil to audience and listeners beyond the royal circle, thus allowing the beauty and splendor of this precious heritage to be enjoyed and explored by the generations to come.
Get into the rhythm of the mystical Malay gamelan
Get a chance to peek into royal life by learning to play the Malay gamelan, once reserved only for royals. The class will start with a brief history of the Malay gamelan, which will give you an insight into the instruments and their functions, then learn the technique of playing the different instrument through a song.