Workshop : Let’s Weave
By: J.T. Choong
Paracord 550 is a lightweight nylon kernmantle ropes originally used in the suspension lines of US parachutes during World War 2. This versatile cord was even used by astronauts during STS-82, the second Space Shuttle mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.
Hikers and other outdoor sports enthusiasts use ‘survival bracelets’ made of several feet of paracord which is woven into a compact and wearable form. Such bracelets are meant to be unravelled when one needs rope for whatever purpose- securing cargo, lashing together poles, fixing broken strings and belts, assisting with water rescues etc
Date : 8th December 2019
Time : 4 – 5.30 pm
Venue : Shanta Mandhir
Event Number: 33
Age : 12 & Above
Biography of Speaker
J.T. started his journey as a Bharatanatyam teacher in 1995. He graduated from the Temple of Fine Arts in January 1994 under the tutelage of Smt. Vatsala Sivadas.
He had a short stint teaching at the TFA Malacca branch from 1996 – 2002. In 2005, J.T. shared his knowledge with the dance students of ASWARA which lasted for six years. Apart from this he also conducted a crash course in Bharatanatyam for JKKN dancers in Penang, Pulau Pangkor, Pahang, Malacca and Johor Bahru. J.T. had judged the One Malaysia dance competition in Sibu, Sarawak and sat as a jury for the Festival Kebudayaan Universiti-Universiti Malaysia in December 2010.
Besides Bharatanatyam, J.T. also trained under other classical dance forms such as Odissi and Kathak. To further his dance education, he spent a month sojourn in Bali, Indonesia to learn Balinese dance ‘Kebyar Duduk’ from the greatest living legend exponent of the dance Guru Ida Bagus Oka Wirjana in 2005. He also trained in Malay classical dance under the tutelage of Hajjah Hajijah Yaacob and Rhythm Tap from Mr. Toh Kong Eu.
J.T. made his entrance into the arts scene as a solo performer with ‘Siva Sakti’ in 2001 and ‘Rasaanubhava’ in 2006. Besides the Nrityanjali title, he also received the best Male Dancer Award 1994, a course on Malay traditional dances conducted for government school teachers and Gopala Shiva Shanta Natya Yogeshvara in 2006.
A firm believer in continuous learning, J.T. is currently learning Carnatic violin from Smt. Kanagamani Vijayendra and veena from Sri Kishan Narasimhan. Besides dance and music, he is also well versed in drawing, painting, calligraphy, origami and paracord bracelet weaving.