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First Pannisai Vizha in Sydney 2007

Saiva Manram Inc. of Sydney with the objective of encouraging the new generation to learn Saiva Thirumurais staged the Pannisai Vizha on the 25th February 2007 at the Sydney Murugan Temple complex. Children who were learning Thirumurai songs and Thirupukkal from several music teachers in Sydney and those attending the two Saiva Manram’s Saiva Schools at Homebush and Mays Hill were given an opportunity to sing Thirumurai songs in front of an audience in Sydney.The event is the first of this kind in Australia and over 100 boys and girls
from the age of 4 to 22 years participated with great enthusiasm. Thirumurai songs with music were rendered during the event which lasted over 8 hours.(Information and pictures provided by Dr R Sri Ravindrarajah, Aum Muruga Society, Sydney)

UNESCO to help Palembang Puppetry

Palembang puppet shows of Indonesia are based on the stories from Mahabharata and Ramayana. It is a local adaptation of the popular Javanese puppet shows. Sadly, Palembang puppet shows are now facing numerous problems. Like most traditional art forms, there is a lack of interest in the modern generation for the puppetry. There is also a dearth in professional Palembang puppeteers.Palembang puppetry tradition is said to have originated in the 19th century. The shows are staged in the Palembang language. Apart from the stories from the Mahabharata and the Ramayana, local stories and stories of ancient kingdoms are part of the puppetry.UNESCO is funding around 15 Palembang puppet theaters and is helping youngsters interested in it. UNESCO also has plans to introduce this struggling traditional art form in other countries around the world.