‘Parah‘ tells the story of four Form 5 students who are studying in Kuala Lumpur. Melur, Hafiz, Mahesh and Kahoe are the best of friends despite coming from different races. They absolutely love hanging out together and can often be found at Melur’s house, either studying or just spending time together. These four youngsters are the epitome of the ’1Malaysia’ concept that everyone has been trying to nurture among the youths today.
It is that time of the month again where chamber music lovers can head on to Dewan Filharmonik Petronas and enjoy great performances by the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra Chamber Players. For the month of January 2012, the orchestra will be performing four pieces from renowned musicians.
One of the many interesting things about some of the old churches in Malaysia, other than its remarkable architecture, is the organ that sits behind the altar. This keyboard instrument is played with its own keyboard and is operated either with the hands or with the feet. Though the instrument may look similar to those who are not musically inclined, there is actually three different types of organs – pipe organs, electronic organs and mechanical organs. Pipe organs uses the wind that is moving through the pipes to produce the sounds. An electronic organ generates electronically produced sounds through one or more loudspeakers whereas mechanical organs are controlled by mechanically by things like pinned barrels or book music.
Musical scores for a cartoon show are as unique as the cartoon characters themselves. All it takes is just the opening line to for people to know which cartoon it is from. The same can be said for Doraemon, a famous Japanese anime about a futuristic cat with no ears and a penchant for dorayaki, a bun that is filled with sweet bean paste. Its upbeat and cheery opening verse will certainly bring back many memories for those who grew up watching Doraemon on television.
We have often heard our grandparents talk about their experience during the World War II in Malaysia – how the Japanese ruled our country with an iron fist, the cruelties and the harsh times that they faced during that time and how thankful they are to be able to enjoy living in a peaceful country now. Despite the harshness of it, many still seem to be inspired by the stories and the lessons that can be learnt from it. Although movies like Band of Brothers, Saving Private Ryan, Empire of the Sun and Schindler’s List makes an interesting watch, it also gives the viewers a glimpse of how life was during that time.