RICH LEGACY: Johor Heritage Foundation will also train the dance teachers
LEDANG: THE Johor Heritage Foundation (YWJ) has identified 15 types of zapin dances to be promoted in the state to spur cultural activities.
Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman said based on research carried out over the past 15 years in several districts, it was revealed that each district has its own type of zapin dance.
He said the state government through YWJ will also train the dance teachers so they would produce respectable dance troupes.
"YWJ's approach will allow every district to showcase its culture through the dance.
"Besides, the state is also famed for its musical performances like ghazal and keroncong," Ghani said after launching the Program Merakyatkan Seni Budaya, Sentuhan Rakyat, which is a programme to promote cultural activities.
The event was held at the Tok Laji Kampung Kesang Tasek Sports Complex here.
Ghani said the formation of cultural groups at the district or village level will enliven arts and cultural activities in the areas.
"The development in a state would be incomplete if the focus is only given to economic growth alone," he said.
Ghani said the development of arts and culture should be in tandem with the economic growth because the state is rich with cultural heritage of various races.
"The cultural activities carried out in the programme should be introduced to the locals who have already integrated cultural elements in their daily lives," he said.
Also present were State Rural and Regional Development, Arts, Culture and Heritage committee chairman Asiah Md Ariff, National Department for Culture and Arts deputy director-general Mesran Mohd Yusof and the state Cultural and Arts Department director Abdul Hamid Muhamad.