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Bagaton hits Istana Budaya on April

The leading artists for Bagaton theater. - Photos SayangSabah
The leading artists for Bagaton theater. – Photos SayangSabah

KOTA KINABALU – It has been 28 years since the Bagaton novel was released and now the adaptation of the novel will take centre stage this year.

Written by a famous author , the late Ismail Abbas or better known as Amil Jaya; the novel fans will be in for a treat when the play takes place at the Sabah National Art and Cultural Department (JKKN) Complex Auditorium in March and continues at Istana Budaya, Kuala Lumpur on this coming April.

Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia lauded the result of the show produced by a Sabahan theater production during the preview of the theater at Amil Jaya Hall, Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP), here, on Wednesday night.

Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia as the patron of the Bagaton play. - Photo SayangSabah
Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia as the patron of the Bagaton play. – Photo SayangSabah

Pandikar admitted that he was just garnering knowledge on the industry but understood the difficulty faced by a theatre production, especially local crew.

“Our local theatre industry is filled with talents but financial constraints and lack of support from people make it difficult for them to produce high quality shows,” he said to reporters after launching the preview of the Bagaton theatre.

Pandikar urged business establishments and corporate bodies to help the local theatre industry in terms of financial aid and promotion to take the industry to greater heights.

“I believe with the support from NGOs, government agencies and private sectors will help to ensure success of the theatre and enliven the theatre industry in Sabah,” he said.

Pandikar who is the patron of the Bagaton theater hoped that the play would relive the true essence of Sabah’s unique cultural and traditional background, rich in values and colourful norms.

At the preview, Pandikar announced that he would personally give a total of RM10,000 as a token of his support to the development of the theatre.

Bagaton tells a story about a mix-marriage life in Sabah during 1450s. In the play, audience can expect a cross-culture and religious conflict entwine with romance; which in this case can be a real life story for people in Sabah. – By Fizah Yusof/SayangSabah


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