Encore Melaka brings to life Malaysian state's rich heritage, colourful history

Encore Melaka brings to life the Malaysian state's rich heritage and colourful history in a spectacular show blending light, music and dance

Before a full house of more than 2,000, rows of drummers appear as if from a distance, approaching, awash in lights, masterfully thumping sticks on skins in sync against projected imagery of waves.

When this ends, the focus shifts to scenes of everyday life in Melaka - locals chatting over coffee, catching fish by the water, or reading a book.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 24, 2018, with the headline 'Majestic Melaka'. Print Edition | Subscribe