Night of Musical Celebration

The Wayfarers performing with gusto.

The Wayfarers performing with gusto, and setting the nostalgic and celebratory mood.

It was a night of great nostalgia for lovers of Buddhist songs as renowned Malaysian performers such as the Wayfarers and i-Gemz serenaded a crowd of 200 at ‘A Night of Buddhist Music’ on Saturday, 17 October.  The musical soiree was hosted by the Buddhist Gem Fellowship (BGF).  In his welcome speech, BGF President Datuk Seri Dr. Victor Wee said that music has the ability to bring joy to listeners; and if the lyrics were meaningful and inspiring, the message goes straight to the core and stays in their hearts.

Dr. Victor Wee and Leong Kin Onn.

BGF President Datuk Seri Dr. Victor Wee introducing Mr. Leong Kin Onn on stage.

The sporting and appreciative crowd clapped and sang along with the Wayfarers when they rendered evergreens such as ‘Flower of Mankind’, ‘A Light in the Darkness’, and ‘Sasanārakkha’.  Also performing that evening were Leong Kin Onn, the ‘Melody of Truth’, Bodhi Group, and Metronome.

Venerables with Bro.Tan at the function in BGF.

(From left) Ven. Saranankara, Bro. Tan, and Ven. Sing Kan at the function. Representing Nalanda were EXCO Member Bro. Lee Teck Beng (front, second from right) and Achariya Tan Siang Chye (second row, in white).

Ven. Sri Saranankara and Ven. Sing Kan were the guests of honour at the evening function.  Also present were several veteran Buddhist composers and singers, along with many devotees and youths.  Nalanda Founder Bro. Tan briefly attended the opening performance by the Wayfarers.  EXCO Member Bro. Lee Teck Beng and Nalanda Institute Director Achariya Tan Siang Chye represented Nalanda at the memorable cultural event.

Bro. Tan greeting Bro. Oh Kim Leng.

Bro. Tan greeting Bro. Oh Kim Leng from Malacca. The evening get-together at BGF was a rare opportunity for many Buddhist veterans to meet up and rejoice.