What happens when a young Cambodian-Chinese, who grew up in Paris, embraces one of the oldest classical dance forms in India? Intense. Captivating. Enthralling. What else? I'm as speechless now as I was last night, watching the performance by Win Thang at The Temple of Fine Arts Penang.
A one hour solo performance entitled "Worshiping Shiva", Win Thang performed a recital of five parts to a mesmerized audience.
Why Indian Classical dance? “It does feel weird for me to do this as a Chinese who grew up in the French environment. I have never done any dance before this. I believe it was more of a calling.” Win Thang shared. “My body understands the language.”
It was, and still is a long journey in Bharatanatyam dance, as Win Thang admits after enduring years of vigorous study under the masters in Chennai, India.
He now travels the world sharing this ancient art form, including stops this month at the Temple of Fine Arts in Penang, Kuala Lumpur (September 22), Johor Bahru (September 25), and Singapore (September 26).
If you happen to be in the area on one of the above dates, be sure not to miss Win Thang's performance. It is an experience.
In addition to holding various performances, The Temple of Fine Arts in Penang may be more well known for the delightful Indian vegetarian buffet that is served for lunch and dinner in the refreshing courtyard. It is open daily, except on Monday, with lunch from 11.30am - 2.30pm, and dinner from 6.00pm - 9.30pm.
Where: 1, Babington Avenue, 10450 Penang (behind the General Hospital)
Cost for meals and performances: No stated price - by donation only
P.S. Do try a mango lassi or masala tea!