The attendees were taken on a global trip portraying the rich and colourful culture that we had in the room. With the irresistible beats from the Indian dance by the JDC crew to the elegant and gentle sways of the traditional Malay dance, namely the ‘Joget Payung Ketipur’, followed by the vibrant motions of the Chinese Peacock dance, you could say that the audience had a full fletched Malaysian experience just by the first half of the night.
Sitting in the room it was almost like we were in Cairo with the sound of the bells ringing as the belly dancers entertained us and then jet set immediately to Seoul as the energetic K-pop dancers brought the audience to their feet. One of the numbers that particularly stood out were the singers that attempted and perfectly executed singing in multiple languages. From English to Hindi, Arabian and finally Tamil these students boldly took up the challenge and I must say I’m glad they did. Seeing all these students learning and embracing these different cultures, it emitted a deeper appreciation towards the general idea that we are truly beautiful when we’re diverse.
As the night went on, recognition was given towards the individuals that have stood out and performed exceptionally in the past academic year. Clenching the awards for Best Academic Achievement male and female respectively were Imran Artwel Junior as well as Kavita Gurung. Not forgetting the recipient of the Best Leadership Award went to Kakomo Juma and the Best Athlete was named Ousman Mahamat Moussa Adam.
I guess having explored the music and tradition of these cultures and being treated to an amazing spread of food it was with a heart full of excitement and content we proceeded to the dance floor accompanied by the gut wrenching dhol and tabla performances. It can be safely said that the ISS Night was one that resonated with many. “I was amazed by the talent and diversity!” said Hana a 2nd Year Engineering student here in MMU Malacca.
As we were all dancing to the beat of the tabla it crossed my mind that this was exactly what the director Mr. Katwali had talked about. We were all here decked out in different ways speaking different languages yet united in the face of peace and love and fun! The 2016 ISS Night truly did set an exemplary precedence for all future interactions and let’s hope it lives on.