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Barong: The Tale of Kunti Sraya

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To Balinese Hindus, the Barong is the protector of their island. He is also the material form of the god Siwa who regularly transforms himself into a Barong when coming face to face with his consort in her powerful guise as the witch queen Rangda. The tense and delicate balance between the Barong’s positive energies and Rangda’s dark powers forms the quintessential centerpiece upon which the Hindu Balinese world pivots. One of the most popular Barong plays narrates an episode from the Mahabarata epic called the Tale of Kunti Sraya. Although Indian in origin, the play is distinctly Balinese in flavor and incorporates all major forms of Balinese theatrical performance including refined female dances (pelegongan), barong (bebarongan), masking (patopengan), opera (pearjaan), drama (pengambuhan) and complex musical patterns.

The cast of Barong: The Tale of Kunti Sraya comprise both professional Balinese dancers as well as NUS students. Students enrolled in the class SE2224: Unmasked! An Introduction to Traditional Dance in Southeast Asia, spent a week in Bali in September learning the various roles needed to produce a Barong performance that would meet Balinese nods of approval. They are joined on stage by members of the NUS community including students from SE1101E: Southeast Asia: A Changing Region, and dancers from Eka Suwara Santhi, Singapore’s only Balinese dance group. Musical accompaniment is provided by Gamelan Pinda Sari from the village of Pinda in Bali.

Barong: The Tale of Kunti Sraya celebrates the close relationship that has developed between the Department of Southeast Asian Studies and the Balinese people. It is a collaborative effort and part of an ongoing series of exciting artistic showcases that bring NUS students out of the classroom and into the dynamic cultural worlds of Southeast Asia.

Tickets @ $10 each are available for purchase from the Department of Southeast Asian Studies general office.

 

Subjectivities: A Journal of Perspectives on Southeast Asia

The inaugural issue of Subjectivities: A Journal of Perspectives on Southeast Asia has launched!

This biannual publication by students and alumni of the Department of Southeast Asian Studies aims to provide an independent platform for students to showcase academic and creative works relating to various issues in Southeast Asia.

The first issue ‘Undersides‘ features articles by our alumni, Cindy Lin and Liani Manta-Khaira, current student Felicia Chia who did an interview with Prof Miksic, other NUS students, as well as Thow Xin Wei from our Singa Nglaras Gamelan ensemble.

The Editorial Team is also looking for Editors and Designer/Web Manager to join them. If you have what it takes, email them at editor.subjectivities@gmail.com today!

Editor
Requirements:
– Interested in a wide range of topics relating to Southeast Asia.
– Good time management and able to effectively facilitate communication between contributors, copywriters and other stakeholders effectively.
– Good command of written English.
– Knowledge of a Southeast Asian language is helpful.
– Proficient in MS Word. Familiarity with InDesign is a plus.
*In addition, please send a short writing sample (may be a recent paper written for a module)

Designer/Web Manager
Requirements
– Good time management and able to manage different platforms (website, social media)
– Proficient in Adobe Photoshop and website editing.
* Interested students can also send a portfolio of their recent works (website design, publicity materials, graphic design, artworks)

Spirits of Metal: An Exhibition of Bugis Makassar Weaponry

The NUS Department of Southeast Asian Studies together with The Embassy of The Republic of Indonesia in Singapore, The Bugis Makassar Polo Bessi Club and Rumah Budaya Indonesia in Singapore welcome you to ‘Spirits of Metal: An Exhibition of Bugis Makassar Weaponry‘.

The exhibition at the NUS Central Library will take place from 27 August to 4 September 2015.

For directions to NUS Central Library, please go to NUS Campus map:http://goo.gl/JkgA81

Spirits of Metal - An Exhibition of Bugis Makassar Weaponry

Job Vacancy: Assistant Professor (Tenure Track)

The Department of Southeast Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore seeks applications from scholars with a specialization in the cultural geography of Southeast Asia at the Assistant Professor (tenure track) level. We are especially interested in candidates with experience in field-based teaching and who would be able to coordinate the Faculty’s expanding portfolio of summer school programmes.  The successful candidate is also expected to contribute to teaching introductory and advanced modules in the areas of historical geography, cultural heritage, and critical memory studies in the context of Southeast Asia, as well as engage in research in these areas.

For more information and application instructions, click here.

Intricacy – Thai Art by NUS Students

The Department of Southeast Asian Studies is proud to present ‘Intricacy‘, a Thai Art exhibition by students of module SE3224 Thai Drawing and Painting.

The exhibition will be held at the NUS Central Library from 9 to 14 September 2015. It is located outside the library restricted area and is open to all.

For directions to NUS Central Library, please go to NUS Campus map: http://goo.gl/JkgA81

Intricacy Thai Art Exhibition 9-14 Sept 2015