Standing ovation for local production

Izah Azahari

The Lumut Lunting Poetry Drama: A Legendary Cultural Folktale of Brunei Darussalam received a huge applause from attendees at the Di-Gadong Hall of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) on Sunday.

It was co-chaired by the High Commission of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to Brunei Darussalam and the Brunei Reading and Literacy Association (ReLA) in collaboration with the MCYS.

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin was the guest

of honour. High Commissioner of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh in Brunei Darussalam Nahida Rahman Shumona, Legislative Council (LegCo) members and senior officials at the MCYS were also present.

ReLA President Dr Malai Zeiti binti Sheikh Abdul Hamid said the poetry, the first of its kind showcasing local talent, was directed by Brunei’s youth with an interactive production telling the folktale of Lumut Lunting.

Directed by Md Syafiq Syazmeruddin Muqhriz Shah bin Md Ishak, the story is based on Bruneian folklore documented in Syair Awang Semaun revolving around the early days of the first Sultan of Brunei Awang Alak Betatar around the 14th Century when Brunei was a vassal state of the Majapahit Empire.

The legend is an epic tale of Bruneians freeing themselves from the clutches of the Majapahit Empire. It showcased the strength and agility of the Bruneians.

Brunei’s rich culture and tradition, costumes and a display of local dance and Silat were highlighted in the drama recited by Hanny Bahriyah binti Haji Awang Yussof.

ABOVE & BELOW: A scene in the Lumut Lunting production; and Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin and High Commissioner of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh in Brunei Darussalam Nahida Rahman Shumona watching the poetry drama. PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR

The Lumut Lunting Poetry Drama: A Legendary Cultural Folktale of Brunei Darussalam production showcasing Brunei’s rich culture and tradition, costumes and a display of local dance and Silat was held at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) on Sunday. It is an epic tale of Bruneians freeing themselves from the clutches of the Majapahit Empire.
Brunei Reading and Literacy Association President Dr Malai Zeiti binti Sheikh Abdul Hamid