The Pahang arts scene has long utilised its colourful history encompassing the works of their many gifted artisans ready for display in the galleries and museums of Pahang.
The Museum Sungai Lembing in Kuantan highlights the historical importance of the Sungai Lembing Tin Mine that first opened its underground shafts in 1906 and was to become the largest underground tin mine in the world until closure in the mid 1980's.
The jewel in the Pahang Arts crown is undoubtedly the Sultan Abu Bakar Museum (State Museum) which is set in a colonial building facing the Pahang River on Jalan Sultan Ahmad in the royal town of Pekan.
Documenting Pahangs long and noble history including its royal rulers the museum showcases many priceless artifacts including ancient Chinese glassware, ceramics, traditional costumes and weapons.
The colourful heritage of the Pahang Sultanate is paid tribute in three royal galleries displaying a rich array of state regalia and related artifacts that will peak the interest of learned tourists.
In the true spirit of 1Malaysia, this talented group also perform traditional dance covering all the Malaysian ethnic groups like the larger Chinese and Indians populations as well as the smaller groups from Sabah and Sarawak.
The choreography performed covers traditional Pahang dance such as the Zapin Pekan, tarian labi-labi, tarian pelanduk, as well as other traditional Malay dances like the varieties of joget, tarian lilin, mak yong, dikir barat, and zapin.
Performance art is an important aspect of the Pahang arts scene and the Pahang department of Culture and Art should be commended for sponsoring the twice monthly performance (for 2010) of the colourful Kumpulan Kesenian or Cultural Troupe at the Taman Budaya compound and Auditorium in Kuantan.
Just across the road from the Sultan Abu Bakar Museum is a small islet called Pulau Beram that is host to Pahangs Watercraft Gallery.
The Watercraft Gallery pays tribute to the historical part the water transport system paid in the development of Malaysia.
The displays of various boats such as the koleks and sampans highlights the styles and technical design including some being carved out of tree trunks are a Pahang arts pleasure to behold.
The Pahang Art Gallery was opened in Kuantan on Jalan Seri Kemunting as recently as 2007 with the vision to showcase the the works of the finest artisans of Pahang andencourage the public to take a greater interest in the arts of painting, sculpture and sketches amongst the various forms of art work.
Have you ever seen those guys performing the lion dance on stilts? Well, Genting Highlands in Pahang is home to the Malaysia National Lion Dance Championship that in 2009 saw for the first time a double lion dance on stilts in competition. The choreography, balance and level of skill is raised to a new high with two lions performing simultaneously to the beat and rhythm of one drum.
While on the subject of performing lions, July 2010 saw the 9th biannual Genting World Lion Dance Championship taking place at the Arena of Stars in Resorts World Genting that saw 28 teams from 14 countries eagerly taking part in this prestigious event.
Lion Dance Championships
The Pahang Arts Scene