Intangible Cultural Heritage

Malay dance

Performing Arts

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  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • Chinese Opera

    chinese opera

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Bangsawan

    bangsawan

    Bangsawan is a form of Malay operatic theatre. Derived from the Malay term for “nobility”, bangsawan focuses its stories predominantly on Malay nobles and royalty. But, it is also multicultural in nature, with plots that are sometimes based on Indian and English stories, and involving performers from diverse ethnicities.

  • Xinyao

    xinyao

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

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