UTAR Council Chairman Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik and UTAR Planning and Development Committee Advisor Tan Sri Hew See Tong have graciously donated RM10,000 each to UTAR Wushu Club in conjunction with its 24 Festive Drum Concert, titled “Sensation in March 2016”, held at the Dewan Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik, Kampar Campus on 2 April 2016.
It was another milestone for UTAR Wushu Club to organise an inaugural mega concert which successfully attracted a crowd of more than 2,400 visitors, including staff, students, and members of the public.
During the opening ceremony, Tun Ling lauded the organising committee’s efforts in making the 24 Festive Drum Concert a resounding success. “It gives me great pleasure to attend a student event where I am able to feel the vibrancy and also witness the creativity of our students. I am especially intrigued by the theme of this evening’s event which is a showcase of sprightly performances of the 24 Festive Drum and also Chinese culture,” remarked Tun Ling.
He added, “In UTAR’s pursuit to be a premier university, our mission is to provide holistic education to develop all-rounded individuals who are not just technically and academically competent, but also wise to apply their newfound knowledge and skills to benefit the community and nation. Being educated at UTAR not only allows students to be equipped with academic knowledge and competency learnt within classrooms, but also leads to the development of emotional intelligence through extracurricular activities and essential soft skills training. Our event tonight is indeed a product of the university’s holistic approach to education and this is in line with the university’s six pillars of education.”
Also present to grace the ceremony were UTAR Vice-President for Student Development and Alumni Relations Assoc Prof Dr Teh Chee Seng representing UTAR President Ir Prof Academician Dato’ Dr Chuah Hean Teik, UTAR Council Member Hew Fen Yee, Tan Sri Hew, Head of the Department of Student Affairs (DSA) of UTAR Kampar Campus Chiang Jeng Fong, UTAR Faculty of Science Lecturer-cum-Advisor of Wushu Club Lee How Chinh, UTAR DSA Senior Assistant Manager-cum-Officer-in-charge of Wushu Club Adrin Yeap Wai Kuan, sponsors, and committee members.
Elated at the encouraging turnout, Organising Chairperson Lim Woei Shyang expressed his gratitude to everyone for their kind presence and support. He added, “Sensation in March 2016 is the very first 24 Festive Drum Concert held in UTAR. The committee and the drummers took nearly a year of preparations for the concert, for the purpose of promoting the culture of 24 festive drums around Kampar and in our campus. The concert is also aimed to represent the creative inspiration and the sincerity of the drummers to awaken the sound of drum rhythms in every individual’s heart. Besides promoting the culture of 24 festive drums, through this concert we would also like to raise funds for purchasing more drums.”
In his speech, Dr Teh said, “Tonight’s showcase is special because many people, especially UTAR students, have put in effort into the preparation and planning to make this event successful. Therefore, my heartfelt congratulations to the organising committee for their hard work in making Sensation in March 2016 a reality.”
Sensation in March 2016 saw the innovative integration of Chinese cultural elements into the fabric of the event. Marking the start of the event was an energetic 24 Festive Drum performance by UTAR Wushu Club members. Apart from the spectacular welcoming performance, UTAR Wushu Club members also put up a total of six enthralling performances with different themes such as social problems, an interpretation of different ethnic cultures, as well as the hitting and playing of percussion drums which garnered thunderous applause from the audience. The six inspiring performances, namely “Unforgettable Feud”, “Rhythm of Soul”, “Illusion”, “Back Down”, “That’s Why We Are Drummers”, and “The Sensation”, were all composed and choreographed by UTAR Wushu Club members.
One of the visitors, S. Ravitra Sri said, “The concert was really fascinating. I really enjoyed all the performances presented by our UTAR Wushu Club members. The performances were so creatively composed and each and every of the performances brought its own message to the audience.” The Year One Psychology student also added, “This 24 Festive Drums Concert is culturally-rich and I truly enjoyed.”
拉曼大学 Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman