The Asyik Dance


This is a classical dance from Kelantan and is performed in the Kelantan palace. The dancers are palace damsels (dayang-dayang). Tarian Asli is also performed in weddings during Malam Berinai and Malam Berinai Besar in the palace. Nowadays, Tarian Asyik is also performed in national and state functions.

According to history as stated in Hikayat Patani, Raja Kuning who ruled Patani in 1644 kept 12 palace dancers and called them “Asyik”.