KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 8 (Bernama) -- Has it ever crossed your mind that the mortar and pestle used daily by our mothers to pound chilli and onions can be applied in one creative yet rib-tickling traditional dance?
The entertaining dance, called 'Batu Tumbuk', was performed by 16 dancers from the Selangor National Department for Culture and the Arts (JKKN) in conjunction with Inspitari 2015 organised by JKKN for two days from yesterday at the Kuala Lumpur City Hall Auditorium here.
Muhammad Muhaldin Jamin, a Selangor JKKN choreographer, said the idea to create the Batu Tumbuk dance came after he overheard a child ask his wife about the use of mortar and pestle when she was pounding chilli with the traditional device.
"My wife briefly answered our child's question and she showed the correct way how to pound the chilli. Her movement while grinding the chilli gave me the idea and I channelled it into the folk dance," he told Bernama.
Muhammad Muhaldin said the dance incorporating the villagers' activity was being shown for the first time to Malaysian spectators, and comprised the movement technique and the role of mortar and pestle pounding action with an upbeat traditional song rhythm and beat.
"The male dancer plays the role of a husband who portrays a farmer and he brings home some chilli harvested from the farm to be cooked by the wife (female dancer) at home.
"I also included the humorous element of a scene where the husband teases his wife who is pounding the chilli to add the atmosphere of love and harmony in the family," he added.
Themed 'Enriching the New Creation Dance Collection', Inspitari 2015 featured 16 rearranged dances and more dynamic and attractive new dances in terms of movement, song arrangement and costume, resulting from a detailed study by each JKKN group across the country.
The programme was aimed at increasing the collection of unique new dances and to highlight the local identity besides promoting the creativity of the choreographers and dancers in creating more of their creative works but still maintaining their states' identity.
Inspitari 2015, now into its sixth year, has so far introduced 96 types of dances and, although they are commercial, they still maintain the authenticity and discipline to keep them interesting and up-to-date.
Other arts groups which took part in Inspitari 2015 were the JKKN headquarters (Joget Jengket and Tari Gong); Perlis JKKN (Tarian Lenggang Harum Manis); Kedah JKKN (Tabi Gobek); Penang JKKN (Zapin Parsi); Perak JKKN (Bubu Kert); Kuala Lumpur JKKN (Rou You Gang); and Negri Sembilan JKKN (Monang Kobau).
Others are Melaka Melaka JKKN (Tari Sari Lintang); Johor JKKN (Tari Gema Daksina); Pahang JKKN (Kurichak); Terengganu JKKN (Mek Awang Tiruk); Kelantan JKKN (Tari Garong); Sabah JKKN (Rampakan) and Sarawak JKKN (Totokne Panglima).