03 Aug '11, 6am

Getai's not getai without dialect songs, our reader says. Do you agree? #Getai

I DISAGREE with the reasoning for limiting the use of dialect in the getai performances in Orchard Road ("Getai goes glam in Orchard Road"; Sunday). Tourists delight in experiencing authenticity, which is totally undermined by this artificial language restriction. I have savoured songs such as madrigals sung in the vernacular tongue in similar traditional, open-air festivals in major cities around the world without being put off in the slightest by the language barrier. I ask the authorities to withdraw the current ruling which is killing the soul of the getai, rendering it as "just another Mandarin song concert".

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