USIM publishes book on Teromba to preserve cultural heritage

NILAI,– As an effort to preserve and sustain ‘teromba’, a traditional Malay poetic form in Negeri Sembilan, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) has now documented it in a book for reading and as a reference for future generations.

Tunku Besar Seri Menanti Tunku Ali Redhauddin Ibni Tuanku Muhriz, who is also USIM pro-chancellor, today launched the 680-page book entitled ‘Adab dalam Teromba: Unsur Islam Dalam Kesusasteraan Melayu’, penned by Associate Prof Datuk Dr Mohd Rosli Saludin.

Tunku Ali said ‘teromba’ is a traditional communication art which is delivered in the form of ‘puisi’ (poems), as well as ‘syair’ (a classical form of Malay poetry) to narrate traditions and manners, especially in the community in Negeri Sembilan.

“It aims to convey messages and recommendations that include political, social and economic ones. Similar to other forms or arts, ‘teromba’ cannot escape modernisation, and is increasingly forgotten by the community.

“Congratulations to USIM for playing an important role in publishing this ‘teromba’ manuscript. It has a high national treasure value, to serve as a reference and guide for the community, as well as for future generations,” he said at the launch of the book at the Chancellery Gallery, USIM, here today.

Also present was USIM vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Mohamed Ridza Wahiddin.

Tunku Ali also expressed his appreciation to the author of the book, who collected and studied the pronunciation of the ‘teromba’ of the elderly and turned it into a book, since early January last year, to explain the concept, philosophy and collection of 13 ‘teromba’ themes which are closely related to Islamic teachings.

‘Teromba’ is one of the earliest literary genres that exists, which consists of different forms of traditional Malay poetry, including ‘syair’, ‘seloka’ and ‘gurindam’ and so on.

It usually tells of the life of the community, starting from the smallest details of the people, from entertainment to marriage and administration such as the royal institution.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

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