Saturday, May 22, 2010
Colours of Malaysia 2010 - Fantasy Parade
The night of Saturday, May 22, exploded the Merdeka Square in KL with rainbow colours, magical sights and heart-thumping sounds. Thousands upon thousands of dancers and artists, excited people and dignitaries thronged and lined up the streets in front of the Sultan Samad Building. all along Jalan Raja Laut, Jalan Isfahan, and Jln Tunku Abdul Rahman, while thousands of officials guests filled up the chairs under two covered stands. KL saw the biggest musical and dancing parade ever, earning its way into the Malaysian Book of Records. See pic.
RTM covered the whole show live and commenting on the festive extravaganza here seems superfluous. A picture of the RTM crew operating a boom camera suffices, therefore, to show that the cameramen were everywhere including on the street among the dancers. I saw one caught in a ring of dancers and struggling to get out.
A definite highlight towards the closure of the show was the 5,500 strong Dikir Barat presentation, the biggest syncronized singing group ever staged. Seated guests stood up and swayed their hips unconsciously in rhythm with the Dikir or spirited song. I caught the back of one, holding a camera.
The music, dances and songs of all racial denominations in Malaysia with Sabah and Sarawak stealing the show through their most original presentation. The fireworks bursting and lighting up the sky in rhythm with the Dikir Bart presentation would put the Merdeka celebration firework to shame. The Joget Lambak which began after the Yang diPertuan Agong and his Consort left the premise accompanied by a thunderous applause and a sea of weaving hands, was so animated that the Minister of Tourism. YB Dato" Seri Dr. Ng Yen Yen, extended the joget many times, herself dancing like a pro with the group on stage.
It was a most memorable night. Any festive presentation in the future will have a tough time to beat last night's show. Congratulations to the organizers.