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Monday, August 12, 2013

Rich Indian culture takes centre stage

GEORGE TOWN: VISITORS to the recently-held World Heritage Day event at the heritage enclave in the vicinity of Lebuh Armenian had the opportunity to have a first-hand look at examples of centuries-old Indian culture.

It was held in conjunction with the month-long George Town Festival.
As part of its rich contribution to the heritage of Penang and the rest of the country, members of the Penang Hindu Association (PHA) set up stalls showcasing Indian culture.
PHA deputy president P. Murugiah said young people today are influenced by Western culture, and as a result, children are unaware of the traditional way of life of their ancestors.
"Our activities in conjunction with World Heritage Day are geared towards educating the young generation about past traditions and cultural values that were practised by their forefathers.
"This is the third year PHA is participating in the annual event.
"It has given us the opportunity to promote and create awareness on Indian culture by demonstrating and exhibiting the traditional Indian way of life to the public," added Murugiah.
He said the PHA will continue to educate Indian youths in Malaysia by setting up an archive to trace the roots of their ancestors who came to Malaysia.
Members of the PHA were seen demonstrating to curious visitors the traditional way of grinding, pounding and preparing spices for cooking.
Antique cooking utensils were also displayed and the art of using young coconut palms to make decorative items for weddings demonstrated.
PHA members also demonstrated the proper way to draw a kolam, which is an integral part of Indian celebrations.

(New Strait Times:  03 August 2012)

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