30 March 2019: Mak Yong – World Heritage Theatre April 15, 2019 – Posted in: Newsletters

Featuring detailed research with rare and vintage photographs from the author’s personal collection, this enormously readable book is intended to alert the public and authorities to the importance of Mak Yong and its current state of endangerment, and to spur efforts towards its safeguarding.

In 2005, Mak Yong was designated a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, and included in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2008. The ancient dance-theatre is believed to have originated in the province of Patani in southern Thailand and the state of Kelantan in Malaysia.

Mak Yong: World Heritage Theatre by Ghulam-Sarwar Yousof
2019. Areca Books
Fully illustrated
Hardcover, 25.4cm x 22.86cm, 160 pages
ISBN 9789675719356
Price: RM95

About the author: A leading specialist in traditional Southeast Asian theatre, Professor Dato’ Dr Ghulam-Sarwar Yousof (b. 1939) graduated in English from the University of Malaya (1964) and completed a Doctorate in Asian Theatre at the University of Hawai’i (1976). He is one of the world’s leading specialists of traditional Southeast Asian theatre and has written and edited more than 30 books, including the authoritative Dictionary of Traditional Southeast Asian Theatre. In recognition of his work, he was awarded the Boh Cameronian Lifetime Achievement Award (Kakiseni Malaysia) in 2008. The UNESCO listing of Mak Yong was based on the candidature file prepared by the author.

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