Wooden Xylophone
Large Kettle Gongs
Kettle Gongs

Pahang was the first Malay state who introduced a form of palace ‘ensemble’ music in early 19th century. Gamelan music made its first official debut during the royal wedding of Tun Esah (sister of Bendahara Ali, the ruler of Pahang) and Tengku Hussain of the Johore Riau-Lingga Empire in 1811. A troupe of dancers and the gamelan players came especially from Peyengat to perform at the gala event. Sir Frank Swettenham, the British administrator in Pahang wrote about the Joget Pahang performance when he witnessed it at Istana Pahang when he was invited by Bendahara Ahmad in 1875 in an article “The Joget”. Gamelan music was said to have been created during the Srivijaya empire from the 7-13th century AD. The music was further enhanced during the Riau Sultanate and finally reached Pahang in the 19th century. There were three troupes managed by the consorts of Sultan Ahmad Al-Mu’adzam Shah, but the most outstanding was managed by Che Bedah, inherited by her daughter, Tengku Mariam. The beauty of the dulcet tones and the delicate movements possess an inherent mystical uniqueness that must be perpetuated because it is a legacy left behind by generations past. a head which is tightly wound with cord.