Creative dynamism of dikir barat

Raja Iskandar Raja Halid, (2010) Creative dynamism of dikir barat. In: UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)


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Although considered as ‘traditional,’ Dikir Barat is probably the ‘youngest’ among the more well known performing arts of Kelantan such as Menora, Mak Yong and Wayang Kulit. Started less than a century ago in Kota Bharu, its popularity has since spread across the nation, especially with the advent of television and audio recordings. Unlike the more complex and elaborate performance structure of Mak Yong and Wayang Kulit with their inherently imbued spiritual innuendos, Dikir Barat is largely secular and can be easily learnt. Some tradition evolves through time, and through this process that it maintains its viability. This is best exemplified by Dikir Barat, but what makes it such a dynamic and constantly evolving art form? This paper attempts to look into how Dikir Barat maintains its popularity and relevancy among the Malay populace of Kelantan amid its changing political, cultural and social situation.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: Dikir barat - Tradisional Malay Music - Kelantan
Faculty: Faculty of Creative Technology and Heritage
Deposited By: En. Pahmi Abdullah
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2012 17:05
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2012 13:10

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