The 1980 production of “Jentayu” was described as a
landmark in Malaysian theatre and the work riveted audiences in
West Berlin and London. At home, her artistic creations continued to garner popular support
through television. Her 1983 production of “Putri Sa’dong” earned
the byline of an “Election Stopper” when it was screened over television.
A surprised political journalist covering a by-election in Kota Bahru,
Kelantan found the election crowd conspicuously missing. They had stayed
at home watching “Putri Sa’dong”.
Her performances abroad evoked a similar reaction. In
Japan, “Seri Rama -
Siti Dewi” (1990) played to packed theatres in Tokyo, Isei City,
Hiroshima, Kita Kyushu, Gifu and Osaka.
In 1992, Azanin mounted two new theatre productions in rapid
succession. The first, “Keris” was a royal Command Performance in
the presence of Seri Paduka Baginda Yang Di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Azlan
Shah and Seri Paduka Baginda Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Bainun.
“Keris” is another significant work as it seeks to define the cultural
personality of the
Malay Peninsula as part
of the island world of Southeast Asia. In September 1992, she successfully
staged another major work of art, “Kunang-kunang Gunung Ledang”.