Rantau: Celebrating Cultural Diversity and Regional Unity at IMT-GT Exhibition

Rantau: Celebrating Cultural Diversity and Regional Unity at IMT-GT Exhibition

The National Art Gallery inaugurated the “Rantau: IMT-GT Exhibition,” which will be exhibited from today until 1st December 2024. This exhibition is held in conjunction with the Visit Year of the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle 2023-2025, also known as IMT-GT 2023-2025. The inauguration was officiated by YBrs. Mr. Shaik Rizal Sulaiman, Chairman of the National Visual Arts Development Board (NVADB), at the National Art Gallery.

Art performance by the collective group Rumah Ada Seni from Indonesia in front of their work titled “Garobak Galeri” during the opening of the IMT-GT: Rantau Exhibition.

This exhibition is an artistic expression by visual artists from three countries, portraying thoughts and feelings about nature, family relationships, life struggles, past stories, survival, daily routines, and everyday life. The collaboration of the three countries through this exhibition celebrates togetherness, regional unity, and cultural diversity.

The “Rantau: IMT-GT Exhibition” involves the participation of five curators, two art collectives, four solo artists, and two artist duos. Indonesia is represented by guest curator Bayu Genia Krishbie from Galeri Nasional Indonesia, together with Rumah Ada Seni, an art collective from Padang, West Sumatra with nine members led by Yusuf Fadly Aser; Sikukeluang Collective from Pekan Baru, Riau, a transdisciplinary collective with six members led by Adhari Donora; and Arifa Safura and DJ Rencong duo from Aceh.

Malaysia is represented by curators Faridah Hanim Abd Wahab and Adina Quraisa Ibrahim, along with the guest writer Liu Cheng Hua, artists Chong Yan Chuah, Khairul Izzudin, and Shamin Sahrum, who have backgrounds in architecture and large-scale works. Their works are related to the theme of Rantau as well as to their own experiences in relation to ‘merantau’ (travelling).

Thailand is represented by Suebsang Sangwachirapiban, a curator from the Bangkok Art Biennale, along with artists Nordiana Beehing from Yala, Maneerat Thamnarak from Chumphon, and Arichama Pakapet from Songkhla.

They play a role in initiating artistic dialogues and building relationships in their communities, helping to harness the benefits of economic and sociocultural development in the region under the umbrella of IMT-GT.

The inauguration ceremony was also attended by YBrs. Mr. Amerrudin Ahmad, Director General of the National Art Gallery; YBrs. Mr. Bukhairi Bakhtiar, Director of Centre for Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) Subregional Cooperation; representatives from the embassies of Indonesia and Thailand in Malaysia; officers from MOTAC and agencies; as well as art enthusiasts.

The “Rantau: IMT-GT Exhibition” highlights the National Art Gallery’s ongoing commitment to supporting regional art development, strengthening international relations, and promoting the advancement of the tourism sector.

Legendary Artist AR Rahman Pays Courtesy Visit to Prime Minister of Malaysia

Legendary Artist AR Rahman Pays Courtesy Visit to Prime Minister of Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, 9th July 2024 – Today, internationally acclaimed musician and composer AR Rahman had the honor of meeting with the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim, in a gesture that underscores the cultural ties between India and Malaysia. The meeting took place at the Prime Minister’s Office in Parliament building, where Rahman was warmly received by Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

During the courtesy visit, Rahman expressed his admiration for Malaysia’s rich cultural diversity and its vibrant arts scene. He highlighted the importance of cultural exchanges in fostering mutual understanding and strengthening bilateral relations between nations. Rahman also discussed potential collaborations in the fields of music and arts that could further enhance cultural diplomacy between India and Malaysia.

Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim welcomed Rahman and acknowledged his significant contributions to the global music industry and the well-being of humanity. He praised Rahman’s efforts in promoting cultural harmony and his dedication to philanthropic causes through his music.

The legendary musician and composer known for his groundbreaking contributions to music globally, continues to extend his influence far beyond the realm of entertainment. Through his unwavering commitment to humanitarian causes, he has exemplified how music can transcend boundaries and uplift communities worldwide. Rahman’s journey in music began with a vision to inspire and connect people through his melodies.

Rahman thanked Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim for his gracious hospitality and reiterated his commitment in promoting music and cultural exchanges between India and Malaysia. Rahman presented a bouquet of flowers and a souvenir to the Prime Minister. Also present during the courtesy visit were Datuk Ramanan Ramakrishnan, Deputy Minister of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives, Dato’ Alan Foo, Managing Director of Star Planet and Dato’ R. Rajendran, Director of Star Planet.

Rahman was here yesterday for a meet-the-fans session prior to his eagerly awaited mega concert scheduled for July 27th at the National Stadium Bukit Jalil at 8pm. The fans meet session drew over 1,200 attendees who had the opportunity to get up close and personal with Rahman.

Organized by Star Planet, the A.R. Rahman Live in Kuala Lumpur 2024 mega event will showcase Rahman’s iconic hits and beloved songs, enhanced by extraordinary visual and audio production. Joining A.R. Rahman on stage in July will be an exceptional lineup of singers, including Mano, Srinivas, Sri Rascol, Shweta Mohan, Shakthisree Gopalan, Blaaze, and ADK, with more singers to be announced soon.