Ankur Ensemble presents 'Under The Kayon Tree'

“Under the Kayon tree” is a musical performance using elements of theatre and dance to share well-loved Malaysian legends and stories. These stories are our adaptations of the legends of Parameswara, Hang Tuah, Hang Li Po and Mahsuri.

The Ankur ensemble performs original compositions under the musical direction of TFA’s award winning composer, Jyotsna Nithyanandan.

The word Ankur comes from Sanskrit and means “sprout”. The sprout is an analogy of the various people who came to settle here and how their seeds of culture, language and traditions have “sprouted” from this fertile soil and has now grown into a strong tree with a beautiful amalgamated culture which could be truly called Malaysian.

In this production the Kayon tree is based on the mythological Pohon Beringin or Tree of Life. The Tree of Life is a mythological concept of a tree that supports and nurtures all forms of life, from the smallest insect to the other creatures that inhabit the forest.

Its roots firmly embedded in the ground, its trunk stands strong, its branches reaching out to embrace new influences and the fruit which it bears, is a result of the beautiful coming together of its surroundings.

As Malaysians, we come from different seeds and as trees, we grow in one forest.

This year the Ankur ensemble is joined by Shanthini Venugopal.

For more information contact the Temple of Fine Arts.

9 - 10 September
Temple of Fine Arts
116 Jalan Berhala, Brickfields
50470 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03-2274 3709