Noordin Hassan

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Noordin Hassan
Noordin Hassan. Kuala Lumpur, September 2, 2012
Noordin Hassan. Kuala Lumpur, September 2, 2012
Native name
Noordin Hassan
BornNoordin Hassan
(1929-01-18) January 18, 1929 (age 94)
Penang, Malaysia
Alma materUniversity of London
Years active1970s-present
Notable awardsMalaysian National Laureate (1993)

Noordin Hassan (born January 18, 1929, Penang) is a Malaysian playwright, Malaysian National Laureate.

Brief biography[edit]

He received his secondary education in Malaysia, higher education in England (University of London, 1962–1966). He also followed the course of drama at Newcastle University (1976).[1]


He wrote and performed on the basis of his plays more than 30 productions, in which social criticism takes imaginative fantastic-allegorical, sometimes absurdist forms. To enhance the attraction, he resorts to the techniques of the traditional Malay theater, boldly introduces verses, music, songs, clownish interludes ("No grass in the wind", 1970, "Do not kill butterflies", 1978; "This night the tortoise cried", 1994 etc.).[2] Author of the concept of "theater of faith" (teater fitrah). Considering artistic creativity as an act of worshiping God and knowledge of God, he subordinates this subject to the plot and aesthetics of his works, widely resorting to Islamic symbolism and allegory. Among the plays of Islamic content is the play "Cindai".[3]


  • Literary Prize of Malaysia (1972)
  • Order of "Defender of the Crown" from the Paramount Ruler of Malaysia (1979)
  • S.E.A. Write Award, Thailand (1987)
  • Title Malaysian National Laureate – higher title for writers in Malaysia (1993)
  • Order "For Service to the State" from Governor Pinang and the honorary title "Datuk" (1994)


  • A. Rahim Abdullah. "Melihat Nilai Melayu Melalui Dunia Mungkin Noordin Hassan" – dlm. "Dewan Sastera". Kuala Lumpur: DBP, 1993, No. 6 (Jun), hlm. 63–65; N 7 (Julai), hlm. 80–82.
  • Halilah Haji Khalid. Noordin Hassan Dalam Esei dan Kritikan. Kuala Lumpur: DBP, 2004


  1. ^ Noordin Hassan – Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka
  2. ^ Pogadaev, V. Malay World (Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore). Lingvostranovedchesky Dictionary. M.: "Vostochnaya Kniga", 2012, p. 445
  3. ^ Kukushkina, E. Islamic Theater in Malaysia: Noordin Hassan's play "Chindai" – in: Souffler. Journal of Foreign Drama. The Modern Foreign Drama, 1999, No. 4, 157–162