Intangible Cultural Heritage

Malay dance

Performing Arts

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  • Traditional Malay Music

    Traditional Malay Music

    The musical genres in traditional Malay music include asli (‘original’, ‘traditional’), ronggeng, inang and joget (music which typically accompanying social dances), dondang sayang (songs of affection), keroncong (a type of folk music), zapin (music accompanying the zapin dance) and ghazal (typically tied to themes of romance sung in poetic quatrains). Practitioners have shared that characteristics of traditional Malay music from these various genres include the use of grenek-grenek, which are trill signatures in compositions, and the use of cengkok which is the use of extended melismatic notes (singing a single syllable text and carrying it through multiple notes). The lyrics of traditional Malay music are usually set in Malay poetic forms – namely, the pantun, gurindam and syair, which lends a distinct Malay form of cultural expression.

  • Gamelan Music

    Gamelan is a genre of ensemble instrumental music that has its origins in the Indonesian regions of Bali and Java. Instruments such as drums, gongs, metallophones, flutes, and spike fiddles, as well as singing feature in gamelan music.

  • Malay Dance Forms

    malay dance

    The traditional dance forms of the Malay communities in Singapore are wide-ranging and diverse, and they include zapin, joget, asli and inang, amongst others. Most of these traditional dance forms were already popular in Singapore during the early 20th century. Today, they are performed at festive events, staged as productions, and also taught to the younger generation through performing arts schools.

  • Indian Dance Forms

    indian dance

    Indian dance forms in Singapore include bharatanatyam, kathakali, kathak, manipuri, kuchipudi and odissi, amongst others. The dance forms involve specific gestures, expressions, steps and postures rooted in the traditions from the various regions in India.

  • Chinese Opera

    chinese opera

    Chinese opera is a performing art form rooted in Chinese traditions and staged with stylised actions and elaborate costumes.

  • Indian Music Traditions

    indian classical music

    There are two major traditions of Indian classical music. They are Carnatic music, a style associated with South India, and Hindustani music, a style associated with North India.

  • Nanyin

    nanyin

    Nanyin (南音), or “music from the South”, is a style of music that can be traced back to the southern province of Fujian in China. Performed in the Quanzhou dialect, it comprises three distinctive forms: instrumental, instrumental with vocals, and ballads accompanied by an ensemble. Nanyin has been practiced in Singapore since the late 19th century, and continues to be practised and promoted by music groups today.

  • Xinyao

    xinyao

    The term xinyao (新谣) refers to a repertoire of Mandarin songs composed, written and performed by Singaporeans.

  • Dondang Sayang

    peranakan dondang sayang

    Dondang sayang is a musical and poetic art form, involving the singing of pantun, or four-line verses. In a performance, two singers would typically try to outwit each other in an amicable and teasing manner on topics such as love or good deeds.

  • Wayang Kulit

    wayang kulit

    Wayang kulit, or shadow puppet theatre, is a form of traditional theatre. Respected as a pusaka, or heirloom, it is theatre with storytelling through puppetry, music, and sophisticated handcraft.

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