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A PLATFORM FOR MALAYSIAN INDIAN ARTISTS AND CREATIVES

for collective storytelling about our community, our home

Here are some inspiring words from Creatives and attendees of
Banana Leaf 2019!

It was such a pleasure to see the diverse talents amongst our Malaysian Indian society. Our cultural production is sadly so underrepresented, and I’m so glad Banana Leaf is pioneering a path for our creative community to come together, create and be inspired.

– IG @vanisathiya

This is something many others may have been afraid and unwilling to do. Kudos for creating such a significant movement. Banana Leaf represents a voice that needs to be heard. Thank you for sharing real stories from the community!

– IG @ranishaschainey

I’m honoured to have been there to witness it.  It is rare to see so many of my people given a platform like this to make art and be in all their glory. Unafraid to define themselves. It was surreal and extremely emotional. And that’s why it mattered so much to me.

– IG @mainstreammeenachi

Just like a wonderful meal at an Indian restaurant, Banana Leaf brings together Malaysian Indians from various fields, background, and interest to showcase their work to an eager and supportive audience.

– Uthaya Sankar SB, Writer

I can’t help asking why is Indian representation in art so rare, and when there is, so stereotyped? I hope Banana Leaf allows us to have honest conversations.

– Ivy N Josiah, women’s rights activist

Banana Leaf… as a space to reimagine the kinds of stories Malaysian Indians can tell about themselves, it feels not only terribly exciting, but filled with potential. Because not only do these stories grow in the telling, but the telling itself is an essential piece of that story.

– Sharmilla Ganesan, Art Critic

Malaysian Indian Creatives, join us in collectively telling and re-imagining our stories and feelings about our home, society and ultimately ourselves.

Why is Banana Leaf important for the Malaysian Creative Economy?

Telling Untold Stories

For Malaysians of Indian origin, our community and culture is often overlooked within the larger discourse of the country. We need this space to remind ourselves of the beauty of our Indian Arts & Culture, to reignite the appreciation.

Representation Matters

Just like a banana leaf rice meal, the works featured in this event are at varying degrees of development and perspective. Sweet, spicy, sour, bland – we need every flavour to complement the other for a satisfying meal. A minority race to be represented in pop culture and the arts, sends a message that everybody has a place in this country.

Pioneering Digital Delivery

With a digitally-led team, we look forward to serving you a variety of creativity online! Championing this digital pivot for the arts & culture in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, all of our events will be run on digital spaces. We hope you can play your part in this movement by sharing, with the hashtag #BananaLeaf2020!

VIRTUAL CLASSES

specially curated to inspire, motivate and
bring out the best in you

Win Your Inner Creative Battles

A Creative Class by Mona KV

Confidence is key in shaping yourself as an artist. Have you ever felt crippled by self-doubt? Does this effect your ability to produce work? Learn to overcome these obstacles from Mona’s 12 years experience in art. Join her creative class and explore ways to overcome your internal creative blocks, and break your reliance on external validation.

With Mona’s tips, you’ll be able to stop unnecessarily comparing your work to others and break these negative patterns by addressing and conquering them, one at a time.

Mona is a Malaysian Visual Artist who creates work inspired by her culture and surroundings. Her works often combine ‘surrealism’ and ‘symbolism’. She has shown her works in local galleries such as Balai Seni Lukis Negara, Starhill Visual Gallery, Galeri Seni Johor, House of Matahati among many others. Her recent artworks are making an international debut regionally in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Thailand, as well as the United States of America.

Date: Fri, 30 October 2020
Time: 8:30pm – 10:00pm
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Location: Zoom

Ticket Prices
Early Bird  : RM 36
Normal Price : RM 48

How To Plan Time For Art

A Creative Class by Rames Harikrishnasamy

Time is of the essence, especially when you are an artist.

How do you navigate your daily routine while still making enough time to get inspired, creating ideas, thinking about art and making your artwork? You need a clear and concise set of plans to make use of the limited time you have in achieving your artistic goals. Rames Harikrishnasamy will guide you in efficiently managing time to create achievable plans, allowing you to focus on creating without distractions.

Rames Harikrishnasamy is a self-taught digital artist who draws inspiration from his daily life. His works of art have been shared thousands of times on social media platforms, printed on canvas and even turned into tattoos. Rames’ work is featured on Adobe’s website, Evening Standard (London Newspaper), NST, Bernama, MinnalFM, Murals in India, Kalaignar (India TV News) and many more.

He is currently working as an Art Director in Mindvalley.

Date: Sat, 31 October 2020
Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Location: Zoom

Ticket Prices
Early Bird  : RM 36
Normal Price : RM 48

Getting Your Work & Yourself Out There

A Creative Class by Mogan Selvakannu

The ability and skill to talk and share your work is crucial in being a contemporary artist.

Whether you are yet to create a body of work or have a solid collection, getting yourself out there is key in progressing in the creative economy. This creative class focuses on you as an artist and the importance of presenting yourself and your works. Mogan Selvakannu will provide hands-on experience on navigating the many possible channels to create visibility for your work.

Mogan Selvakannu is a Malaysian contemporary documentary photographer and curator who communicates ideas around history, social science and human conditions.  A graduate in BA (Hons) Documentary Photography from University of South Wales, his work has been featured in various exhibitions and publications such as the BBC Creative Photography exhibition (London 2019), Source Magazine’s Graduate Photography Online (UK 2019), Wellcome Photography Prize (UK 2019) and Truffle Pig exhibition (London 2019).

To date Mogan has curated several photography exhibitions in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Date: Sun, 01 November 2020
Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Location: Zoom

Ticket Prices
Early Bird  : RM 36
Normal Price : RM 48

Limited Time Offer!

Buy All 3 Creative Classes for Better Savings

Each creative class is meticulously designed to identify, analyse and address your need for improving your artwork and yourself as an artist in achieving your creative goals. Yet all three classes work together seamlessly in answering all of your questions.

Join all 3 classes to learn from the professionals and adapt their techniques to what works best for you.

Normal Price : RM144 RM120

Frequently Asked Questions

I have no experience in the arts, can I still join?

Absolutely, yes! With the collective experience of these facilitators, you will get a head start into the creative industry. You may not wish to pursue a full time career in the arts, but you will learn the requirements to do this on a professional level. Knowing your value allows you to participate in Malaysia’s creative economy with confidence.


What kind of artists can join these classes?


We don’t discriminate. You can be any kind of creative – theatre, visual arts, poetry, photography, projection mapping, filmmaker, even if you make viral memes. We aim to share our creative process, that goes beyond application of technical skills.


Will you be teaching painting or any photoshop editing techniques?


Unfortunately, no. There is plenty of material online and other workshops that teach techniques. With us, you will learn about the process of creating – things you will not get a chance to learn in art schools.

Can I buy one ticket and share with my friends?

Janganlah. We will be authenticating each email bought in Peatix, to join the creative class on Zoom. If your budget is tight, we suggest buying one ticket and hosting a few creatives in your home to learn together. But you won’t be able to share the login email across multiple devices.


How much content do I get?

Our facilitators will be sharing their creative secrets within an hour. Using examples and slides, they will be exploring questions like how do you know when you have gotten a good idea? What is your idea of discipline? And why is it important for artists to honour timelines? When do we know our work is ready for an audience? And most interestingly, how we can use Instagram as a stage.

We have allocated 30 minutes to answer your questions, for each class.

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