The Service Department is known as Bahagian Pembangunan & Kesenian (BPK) and its main function is to give assistance for students and staff of the university in organising performances in arts and culture. The department is also responsible in promoting the National Arts Culture Policy which is an important aspect in the development of National Unity. Thus, other than giving assistance in performing arts, the department is also organising dance and music classes as an extra curricular activity. The 'BPK' has been organising competitions and exhibitions in performing arts as well as in fine arts and crafts.


The University of Malaya Symphony Orchestra (UMSO) began as an idea of the late Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Abdullah Sanusi Ahmad, UM’s sixth Vice Chancellor (1994-2000). In 1997, the Cultural Centre of UM experienced a paradigm shift from its nature as a cultural event management and service centre to an academic entity. This shift then led to the formation of a brass and woodwinds ensemble known as the UM Symphonic Band. However, it was Professor Dato’ Dr. Anuar Zaini Md Zain (Vice Chancellor 2000-2003) who materialized the idea to build an orchestra in the University of Malaya. The UM Symphony Orchestra was finally given life under the baton of the ingenious Dr. Mohd Nasir Hashim. The Orchestra debuted during the 2001 Convocation at Putra Stadium Bukit Jalil and was launched by His Royal Highness Sultan Azlan Shah of Perak Darul Ridzuan, the Chancellor of UM, on the 26th of March 2003. The UM Symphony Orchestra was further consolidated by Vice Chancellors Dato’ Professor Dr. Hashim Yaacob (April 2003-2006) and Datuk Rafiah Salim (now Tan Sri) (May 2006-November 2008).

Some of the performances by the UMSO since then are:

Malam Semarak DTC
(16 December 2002), to commemorate the rebuilding of the Dewan Tunku Canselor after the disastrous fire in June 2001,at Dewan Tunku Canselor, University of Malaya

The Launch of the UM Symphony Orchestra (26 March 2003) at Dewan Tunku Canselor, University of Malaya

Piano Entrée: UM Symphony Orchestra in Concert (14 January 2004) with guest musician, Professor Razif Mohd, at the Dewan Tunku Canselor, University of Malaya

East-West in Harmony (16 September 2004), a collaboration with St. Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge, UK

Children of Tsunami (26 January 2005) at the Dewan Tunku Canselor, University of Malaya

An Evening of Poetry & Music (10 September 2005) with guest artists such as Kopratasa, Sham of Visa Group and Zubir Ali at the Dewan Tunku Canselor, University of Malaya

Classical Tones Modern Touch (10 December 2005) with guest artists such as Zainal Abidin and Professor Razif Mohd at the Dewan Tunku Canselor, University of Malaya

Celebrating Love and Life
(1 June 2007) with guests artists such as Man Kidal of Lefthanded, Mus May, Professor Razif Mohd, Razak Rahman at the Dewan Tunku Canselor, University of Malaya

Big Band @ UM (11-12 July 2009) with guest artists such as Dato’ Mokhzani Ismail, Professor Hanafie Mohd Imam and Professor Razif Mohd at the Dewan Tunku Canselor, University of Malaya

Give Life a Chance Concert (Breast Cancer Charity Concert) (6 March 2010) with guest artist such as Dato Khadijah Ibrahim and Jaclyn Victor

Persatuan Alumni Universiti Malaya Fund-Raising Dinner 2011 (3 April 2011) at the Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

Dinner for the 14th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Malaysian Association for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery (18 November 2011) with guest artist such as Man Bai at the Dewan Tunku Canselor, University of Malaya

Retro Night 29-31 March 2013 at the Experimental Theatre, University of Malaya with guest artist such as Roy

Pertabalan DYMM Tuanku Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Sultan Perak Darul Ridzuan Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah (6 Mei 2015) at Istana Iskandariah Kuala Kangsar, Perak Darul Ridzuan

East meets West (1,2 & 3 October 2015) at Experimental Theatre, University of Malaya. This time around, the UM Symphony Orchestra will play the songs that lingers around the theme ‘East meets West’ which is defined by classics and western pop that has been easternize and vise vice versa. This emergence will oversee the two fields between the creator and editor. These findings are shaped through writing of high scale of orchestra score.

In a special segment, UM Symphony Orchestra will emphasize the well-known composer’s masterpiece P. Ramlee into a different shape. The creation made by the Director of Musics and Orchestra leaders of University Malaya, Prof. Madya Dr. Mohd Nasir Hashim by combining piano solo alternately performed with symphony orchestra. It is hoped that the western-classic masterpiece will bring all P-Ramlee songs to a new paradigm far to be shared with many international musicians.

To this very day, UMSO continues to strive to bring various types music to life, gathering members from all over the university, including the alumni with one intent: to share their passion for music.

For more details please contact:
Associate Professor Dr. Mohd. Nasir Hashim
at 03-7967 3454



The Combo of The Cultural Centre was set up in 1995 with the aim to further enrich the variety of traditional music. They also offer services in music performances in and off campus. The Combo consists of experienced and talented musicians who have long been involved in the music field.

Other than contemporary pop music, the combo also provides as follows:

  • 'Melayu Asli' music
  • Gamelan music
  • Ghazal Johor music
  • Keroncong music

Reservations can be made for the Combo group to perform in functions.

For more details please contact:
Mr. Mohd. Fadzli Mohd. Khalid at 03-7967 3345


The group is a dance club with memberships made up of students and staffs of University of Malaya. The group holds dances as a learning activity to enhance knowledge and skills in the traditional dances of Malaysia. Campus citizens who are interested may join as members. 

For more details please contact:
Mr. Hairil Anuar Bari at 03-7967 3288


The Gamelan group comprises of staff and students of UM. Performing at UM and invited private functions.

For more details please contact:
Mr. Muhammad Akmal Mohamed at 03-7967 3483



The Centre also offers the following services:

To give advice and expertise preparing graphic design such as posters, brochures, invitation cards, souvenir books, bunting, back-drop, etc. Charges and fees are based on materials and specifications by the customer.

For more details please contact:
Ms. Barirah Md. Husin at 03-7967 3462


Expert assistance for:

  • P.A and Sound (music system)
  • Lighting for Theatre / Dance / Music Production
  • Equipment for AV Recording

For more details please contact:
Mr. Simon Ho Wan Kong at 03-7967 2669


The Cultural Centre has a vast collection of costumes for dance & drama/ theatre performances. Borrowers will require the approval by the Director of Cultural Centre as well as athering to rules and regulations pertaining to the loan. 

For more details please contact:
Mr. Hairil Anuar Bari at 03-7967 3288

Last Update: October 06, 2015