Saturday, 31 May 2008
Exploring Each Others' Cultures
Malaysia is a land of confusion.
We cannot decide if we want to tikam some dude on the street with a keris for supposedly infringing on special rights or if we want to explore his culture further.
Evidently, the folks I bumped into yesterday preferred the amicably docile celebration of each others' cultures.
It was an odissi dance performed by 3 men - Ramli Ibrahim, Ajit Das and Rahul Varshney. Odissi originated around 200BC in India.
The cultural scions of Malaysian society will probably know that Ramli Ibrahim is no Indian. He doesn't remotely look like one. But he puts up a mean display of Indian dance.
I looked around at my fellow audience. It was then that it occured to me - the Chinese, Malays and Caucasians outnumbered the Indians by 4 to 1.
All the female volunteers, regardless of race (and there was quite a mixed bunch), were dressed in a saree.
I didn't know whether to be stunned or pleased. Or confused.
But I finally decided on contentment. Malaysia is coming of age.