Category Archives: Art

Elvira Arul, the Storyteller

Story of a singer who wants first to be a storyteller. The dazzling capital of Malaysia, Elvira grows up between a Mum who is a Pastor and gospel for the church and a father who loves rock. She has never taken any singing class. Thinking about her future, Elvira wants to join the Army. But she has a voice, and her destiny takes a different path. From her college school playground when all this starts to Dreamgirls, she sings, she acts, she sometimes sings and acts and performs with worldwide renown artists and producers. But behind the words which follow…

Abdulrashade, Graffiti Artist

Abdulrashade is a contemporary graffiti artist brought up in a small town in Penang – Balik Pulau. He is also one of the members in Eightyfourcube Collective, since 2003. After 10 years serving in several design agencies, he is now a full-time graffiti artist. He’s also one of eight local artists who paint 24 buildings at Dubai in mid of 2016. In creating a new style of graffiti and painting, he mixes a hint of spice from the Nusantara culture with lots of floral design, local mergastua and making these components of his own. His basic style is more to…

Indrani Kopal: Documentary Filmmaker, part 2

“I was very proud of my parents. That’s my biggest achievement in my life… my parents…” Indrani Kopal is an award winning Malaysian independent documentary filmmaker and a recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship 2012. Following a six-year career in video journalism at Malaysiakini, she received Fulbright scholarship in 2012 to pursue Masters in Fine Arts in documentary film at Hofstra University, in New York. Her short documentaries have been screened at various venues in the United States. Her documentary “The Game Changer” has been accepted into twelve film festivals including the prestigious Cannes Film Festival 2015.…

Indrani Kopal: Documentary Filmmaker, part 1

“I want to do things my parent didn’t do. I want to see places my grand mother have never seen. I didn’t want to get married… I don’t want to do what everybody else was doing.” Indrani Kopal is an award winning Malaysian independent documentary filmmaker and a recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship 2012. Following a six-year career in video journalism at Malaysiakini, she received Fulbright scholarship in 2012 to pursue Masters in Fine Arts in documentary film at Hofstra University, in New York. Her short documentaries have been screened at various venues in the United States. Her documentary “The…

Marvin Chan, Painter

” I couldn’t make the difference between beautiful and pretty. Beautiful doesn’t necessary need to be nice. Beautiful can be quite sad.” A native of Kuala Lumpur, Marvin Chan, has a fifteen-year background in advertising with a number of professional awards to his name, including ‘The New York Festivals’, ‘Times-Asia Pacific’, ‘London Advertising Awards’, and ‘Cannes’ finalist one. Chan has since transitioned to becoming a painter, whose primary subject is the human figure. He adopts the strategy of realism in his art, embedding sociopolitical themes, or, questioning contemporary existence using the minimum of motifs in his work. He has been…

Zafuan Embong, Calligrapher Master (Khattat)

“A master must show a good example for the students and for all the people. Calligraphy teaches me how to be a good man, a wise man.” Zafuan Embong’s professional career started in 1986 when his father, a supporter of his passion, suggested that he register for his first competition all the way in KL at the Manifestasi Perdana Seni Khat. He won 2nd prize and the rest is history. The love for Calligraphy took him to Cairo for 5 years where he learned to speak the most beautiful Arabic and studied calligraphy at Cairo University. You will see his…