Singapore exhibition explores Malay heritage and historical past

A prince is greeted by a creature with a pink physique, black head and white breast on the shores of Temasek; A bit boy defends his village from a ghastly assault of swordfish along with his fast wit.

These iconic folktales, handed down by way of generations of Singaporeans, are simply a few of the many within the Sejarah Melayu (Malay Annals), the earliest recognized literary work which mentions Singapore, then often known as Singapura.

Uncommon pages from a handwritten copy of the textual content are on show on the Malay Heritage Centre (MHC) in Singapore as a part of their exhibition, Seekor Singa, Seorang Putera & Sebingkai Cermin: Reflecting & Refracting Singapura, which runs until June 21 subsequent yr.

Print of the British entering Singapore in 1824. Photo: Malay Heritage Centre SingaporePrint of the British getting into Singapore in 1824. Photograph: Malay Heritage Centre Singapore

The exhibition reveals lesser recognized histories about Singapore’s indigenous Malay communities from greater than 700 years in the past by way of the narratives of artefacts, folktales, and different artwork types.

There are additionally installations reminiscent of a multimedia retelling of the legend of Bukit Merah – full with the Sultan of Singapura having a WhatsApp dialog along with his advisers – designed by college students from Nanyang Polytechnic’s College of Interactive & Digital Media in collaboration with native artist Communicate Cryptic.

Youthful kids can study extra about historic characters reminiscent of Wah Hakim, the 15-year-old Orang Laut who witnessed Sir Stamford Raffles’ arrival, or play in a comfortable nook designed to appear to be a conventional Malay home on the MHC’s first ever set up of a multi-sensory kids’s area, aptly named Adventures in Nusantara, the Malay archipelago. – The Straits Instances/Asia Information Community

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