Welcome back to Talking About Season 2, a new episode with…Faridah! (PS: Joe is behind the camera)
Episode 2 features Professor Dr. Mohd Anis Md Nor who speaks about the importance of arts education for young artists and arts practitioners.
For many years, he was a Professor of Ethnochoreology and Ethnomusicology at the University of Malaya where he earned his B.A. Honours. He earned his M.A. (Dance Ethnology) from the University of Hawaii and PhD (Southeast Asia Studies and Musicology) from the University of Michigan. Currently, he is an Adjunct Professor at Sunway University.
He is also the Managing Director of Nusantara Performing Arts Research Centre (NusPARC), a multi-faceted organisation dedicated to the advancement of performing arts in the Southeast Asian region through teaching, research, documentation, publication, preservation and nurturing of the traditional and contemporary music, dance, theatre and proto-theatre genres.
Prof Anis himself pioneered the study of Zapin dance and music in Southeast Asia and has published more than 20 books. Presently, he is focused on reviving Ronggeng dance, a social dance from the 50s & 60s.
What do you think? Is arts education essential?
This episode is supported by Cultural Economy Development Agency, Program Penjana Malaysia and MyCreative Ventures.