Proclaimation of Mak Yong Theatre as Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO IN 2005

On behalf of the Malaysian Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage, Dr. Ghulam-Sarwar Yousof was responsible for the preparation to nominate Mak Yong, the ancient traditional Malay dance theatre form for consideration as an item of The Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Mak Yong received the recognition in 2005.

International Appointments

  • Theatre Consultant for Mindanao State University- Iligan Institute of Technology, Iligan City, Phillipines, 1984 
  • Governor for Malaysia, Asia-Europe Foundation (Malaysian representative on the Board of Governors of this Foundation which has 26 members-25 countries from Asia and Europe as well as the European Union), 1999-2005
  • Member, Regional Review Committee, Asian Scholarship Foundation (Funded by Ford Foundation in Bangkok) 2004-2006
  • Founding Committee Member, ASEAN Puppetry Association (Established in Jakarta) 2006-Present 

Local Appointments

  • Director of Research,Yayasan Seni,Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia. 1990-1
  • Consultant on Cultural Traditions, Socio-Economic and Environmental Research Institute, Penang. 2000-1
  • Consultant on Culture, Jawatankuasa Bidang Teras, Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Penang. 2001
  • Consultant, Nomination of the Mak Yong Dance Theatre form to UNESCO to be considered as an item of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Mankind. 2004-5

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