Also commonly referred to as “Indang or Badindin” is a Southeast Asian dance form known as Endang. This “religious” dance is said to have originated from Malaysia, and is also popular in Indonesia. Furthermore, this dance involves the use of movements such as “clapping and hand crossing”. In addition, this dance is mainly performed in groups, and also involves singing.

a. History/origin of the Endang:

According to the cultural history of Malaysia, this dance style is said to have been created in honour of the Prophet Muhammad. Furthermore, this dance comprises a song whose lyric essentially describes the history related to the prophet as well as pertaining Islamic teachings. In addition, this dance was brought to Malaysia by people belonging to the Minangkabau region located in West Sumatra in Indonesia.

b. Costumes used in the Endang:

The costume used in this dance is extremely colourful and includes a headgear and a piece of cloth tied to the waist of the performer.

c. Music involved in the Endang:

The musical instrument mainly used in this dance form is the “rebana” i.e. an Islamic drum. Furthermore, the music used in this dance is accompanied by signing and clapping.

d. Training availability and technique involved in the Endang:

In terms of technique, this dance basically involves imitating routine movements carried out by the locals in villages such as plucking leaves and wiping sweat off brow. Furthermore, this dance begins with the performers initially arranging themselves in a long line. In addition, the performers also clap and cross their hands while performing. As for training centers/schools, there are none available around the world since this “folk” dance is mainly performed in Malaysia.

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