Malaysia post issued second series of traditional dances stamps representing the culturally diverse races in the country.
Traditional Dances stamps Series 2 will feature movements from the cempaka sari, ribbon dance, odissi, magunatip and rajang beuh.
The second series is in continuation of the Traditional Dance Series first issued in 2005.
Uniqueness of Traditional Dances stamps
The hand-painted designs are featured in an elongated portrait measuring 25×60 mm, a size used for the first time by POS Malaysia.
The unique size had required its printer to make special adjustments during the perforation process. They had to be manually inserted at a rate of five stamp sheets, at a time.
Light blue splashes in the background of the stamps, and first day covers, make a unique point in this series. When combining the first day cover and all five style of dances and a blue ribbon running across in a continuous line can be seen.
Traditional Dances featured on Stamps
# Cempaka Sari Dance
This is a traditional court dance whose movements are accompanied by melodious music with equally matching lyrics. The song “Cempaka Sari”, incidentally, was an original composition by the late Sultan Idris Shah II of Perak.
The dance attempts to highlight the astuteness of the Perak sultanate of yore. The colour of the dancers’ attires and the heavily hand-crafted fans that the female dancers carry, epitomise the grace, the beauty and gaiety of the dance, per se.
# Ribbon dance
The ribbon dance is a part of the Chinese traditional dance and it is performed during cultural occasions. It has its origin during the “Han dynasty” and reaches its peak in the
“Tang dynasty”. The ribbon dance was performed only for the royal people. Today, the dance has its popularity among the common people for its beauty and grace.
The unique movements and gestures of the dance forms enable a dancer to express the hidden meaning with contentment and elegance.
The dance is performed with sharp and rhythmic movements of the body with long colorful ribbons. The dancers enjoy a lot of freedom and liberty in the particular dance form.
# Odissi Dance
Odissi is one of the eight classical dance forms of India. It is the oldest surviving dance form of India on the basis of archaeological evidences.
This dance is characterised by various Bhangas (Stance), which involves stamping of the foot and striking various postures as seen in Indian sculptures.
# Magunatip Dance
Magunatip, more well-known as “Bamboo Dance”, is considered as one of the most popular traditional dances in Sabah. Performed by the young men and women of the Kwijau community in Keningau, Sabah. This is an East Malaysian dance that is very strongly influenced by the Philippines.
The name “Magunatip” is derived from the word “apit”, which means “to press between two surfaces.” In the dance, dancers need good timing and agility to put their feet between the clapping bamboo poles, without being trapped.
# Rajang Be’uh (Eagle Dance)
This dance is usually performed after the harvest season as a form of entertainment for guests of the longhouse. The movements of the dancers with outstretched hands imitate the movements of the eagles as they flap their wings in flight.
The storyline of the dance follows the adventures of a Bidayuh legendary warrior, Madu Ujong, who had been commanded by King Bintang to fight a mystical bird called Tingkilang Raman or Roh (Soul) Eagle. The purpose of the fight is to determine who will win the hands of the king’s daughter, Dara Buda.
Madu Ujong and Tingkilang Raman are both exceptional dancers; their movements cover every inch of the stage, utilizing various styles and choreography following the interchangeably fast and slow beats of the gong and gendang.
Title: Traditional Dances stamps Malaysia 2nd series
Date of Issue: 3 February 2016
Denominations: 60sen x 5
Source: Malsysia Post