KL: Giving them a real beating
Everyday we read about how beautiful and fascinating the other countries’ ethnics are but sometimes we just havn’t realize that our ethnics can be compared to other countries’ ethnics. We can stand at the same level as the others and I guarantee that we can be proud because of our ethnics.
Here is, something that can get us excited. And if we want, we can go higher than this.
KUALA LUMPUR 25/06/09: Pupils of SJK (C) Chung Wen beat five competitiors to emerge victorious in the first National Primary School Festive Drumming Competition recently.
Held at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre in Jalan Strachan, the group of 17 pupils under 12 years were announced the winner after scoring 77.5 points.
Their victory was even sweeter when they were told that they did not make a single mistake during their 10-minute performance entitled “Group”.
Coached Chew Soon Heng had each member dressed in Oriental-inspired tops in a combination of white, green and gold with matching headbands.
Led by Yong San Qing, the group incorporated clever tricks, intricate drumming rhythms and techniques in the performance to wow the 100-strong audience.
Chew said he spent six months teaching and preparing the pupils for the competition.
“Thankfully, they are a disciplined lot and they were determined to perform their best. They put in six hours of training a week. I am lucky because they are enthusiastic and quick learners,” he said.
The panel of judges, led by Lion Dance World champion, Siow Ho Phiew, based their decisions on creativity, drumming arrangements, techniques and formation.
SJK (C) Ijok came in second with 70.62 points and SJK (C) Damansara third with 61.62 points.
The SJK (C) Chung Wen team during their performance.
Each winning team was presented with trophies and certificates of participation.
The other teams were from SJK (C) Salak South, SJK (C) Lick Hung and SJK (C) Yu Hua, who also received certificates of participation.
The event was organised by Hands Percussion Team. Its artistic director, Bernard Goh, said the idea behind the competition was to emphasise the importance of keeping the Chinese drum culture alive.
The team from SJK (C) Lick Hung striking a pose in between drumming.
“At Hands, we have the passion for drumming and we want it to be taken seriously. Currently, we are coaching 700 students from 19 schools,” Goh said.
The event organiser, Hands Percussion Team’s artistic director, Bernard Goh.
See? So, be proud of our ethnics and let the world know. Oh, I remember FT Minister, Raja Nong Chik, once said he welcomed activities like this as they provided an avenue for youths to engage in healthy activities.
~ by anaksenikl on June 26, 2009.