Rosnan Rahman is one of the most active Makyung performers in Malaysia. He is also the sole male pakyong in the country. This architecture graduate from University of Science Malaysia harbors a deep passion for performing arts, prompting him to trade his initial ambition for the stage.
Career-wise, Rosnan has served as Deputy Director (Production) at Istana Budaya (2001-2011) and Senior Deputy Director (Research & Development) at the National Department of Cultures and Arts (2011 – 2015). Recently, he returned to Istana Budaya as the Deputy Director for Production. Rosnan’s tasks at Istana Budaya have given him many exposures in production management, locally and abroad. Among others, plays such as Zombie Lalala (2016), Bawang Putih Bawang Merah (2015), concerts such as Nusantara (2015), Lentera Timur with Siti Nurhaliza (2013), traditional theater such as Makyung Kesaktian Anak Raja Gondang (2013), Makyung Raja Besar Ho Gading (2013), Makyung Anak Raja Dua Srupa (2010), Makyung Raja Besar Senyanya (2009), play Patung Kertas directed by Lokman Ghani (2009 & 2008), monodrama Rebab Berbisik directed by Rahimidin Zahari (2007, 2008, 2011 & 2011), Makyung Endeng Tajeli (2007), Makyung Dewa Indera Indera Dewa (2006), Melayu Asli concert (2006), musical [email protected]
(2006), musical Puteri Hang Li Po (2004 & 2005) and Bangsawan Puteri Salasiah (2002).
Rosnan has had the honor of learning the art of makyung from prominent figures of the traditional performing art such as Jumilah Tahir, Che Mat Jusoh, Fatimah Abdullah and Ruhani Md. Zain. He has represented Malaysia by performing makyung at international events such as the Malaysia Week Festival in New York, United States of America (2007), UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France (2008), Frankfurt Book Fair, Germany (2010) and Tokyo International Book Fair, Japan (2014). Rosnan has also been invited to facilitate a workshop and perform makyung in conjunction of Makyung Seminar: The Spiritual Dance Heritage at Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand (2011).
In 2012, Rosnan has been invited to perform a monodrama during the Malay Arts Festival at the Malay Heritage Centre in Singapore. During President Barack Obama’s visit to Malaysia in 2014, Rosnan has been invited to perform makyung during the Royal Banquet at Istana Negara. His face, in full makyung regalia, has also been featured on a stamp published in conjunction of the 2014 World Youth Stamp Exhibition.
Rosnan is involved in a silver screen production entitled '…DalamBotol' as a supporting character. In 2012, he has won the 9th BOH Cameronian Arts Award for Best Actor in A Leading Role (Theatre).