Kelantanese Wayang Kulit with Sri Setia Pulau Singa

About the programme

Not to be confused with Javanese wayang kulit, Kelantanese wayang kulit is its own art form with its unique storyline, music and puppets. Come and learn all about Sri Setia Pulau Singa and the larger world of Malay performing arts through this interactive workshop session with the group’s charismatic performers!

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Date and Time

Programme Details

Language

English

Ticket Price

S$30 (excluding eventbrite service fee)
Meeting Point
Entrance of Museum @ My Queenstown (46-3 Commonwealth Drive #01-388 Singapore 140463)

Instructions

Dress appropriately (i.e. casual with covered shoes). Masks are mandatory. Bring along hand sanitisers.

Participants must abide by the house rules set out by the host (eg. out-of-bound areas, use of toilet). Facilitators will brief participants before the start of the programme.

Please arrive 20 minutes before our scheduled meeting time for registration and temperature taking.

Please do not attend the event if you are feeling unwell.

Look out for our facilitators who will be wearing yellow or blue festival t-shirts.

Meet the performers of Sri Setia Pulau Singa!

Mohammed Yahya Bin Haron

Hello everyone, I am Yahya but you can call me Ageng. I am the dalang (storyteller/puppeteer) of Sri Setia Pulau Singa and I have been performing since 2012! I think many Singaporeans may be familiar with the Javanese wayang kulit, but what we will be showcasing is its Malaysian counterpart – Kelantanese wayang kulit.

For me, performing wayang kulit is challenging because it requires chemistry between all members of the team. The puppeteer and the musicians need to be in sync and constantly listen out to one another. For instance, if I change the story on the spot, the musicians need to quickly grasp my new storyline and play the appropriate melodies. That synergy is something that we constantly practise over the years and it is this challenge that has kept me performing wayang kulit!

Mohamed Norazam Bin Hakub

Hello, my name is Norazam but my friends just call me Azam! I am one of the percussionists in the group and I first started out doing dikir barat, a percussive Malay musical performance. Kelantanese wayang kulit was a way for me to nurture myself as a musician as it has more music, more notes and is overall more difficult. I enjoyed that challenge and this  is why I hope to share this unique art form with more Singaporeans. I am very excited to share the music behind Kelantanese wayang kulit during the festival!

Nurfaizal bin Ja’afar

Hi everyone, my name is Faizal and I am one of the percussionists of Sri Setia Pulau Singa. I was first introduced to Kelantanese wayang kulit when I visited Kelantan to repair and buy percussion instruments for dikir barat. I got interested and brought a few friends over to Kelantan to learn from the masters there!

As a Malay musician, I feel a strong responsibility to keep this practice alive especially since we have inherited the art form from the masters in Kelantan. I am very happy to have this platform to share my knowledge and I hope to have a fruitful and engaging session!

More about Sri Setia Pulau Singa

Sri Setia Pulau Singa (SSPS) is the Kelantanese wayang kulit wing of performing arts group Ethnic Shadows. The name Sri Setia comes from the world renowned Kelantanese wayang kulit group from the 1950s from which SSPS had learnt their craft. The addition of Pulau Singa is the group’s way of recognizing the brilliance and mastery of their predecessors while forging a unique brand identity for themselves.

Beyond musical performance, the group is active in raising awareness of Kelantanese wayang kulit within the community. From pitching educational modules to performing in community clubs, the group firmly believes that this art form is something to be shared and preserved. The dream for SSPS is to see an increase in the number of Kelantanese wayang kulit groups in Singapore. Today, many new musicians have expressed their interest in learning the music of Kelantanese wayang kulit and the group is very excited to see their work (and the wishes of their predecessors) come into fruition.