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5 things you don’t know about… Tria Aziz

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First discovered for her powerful voice, Tria Aziz has also become a firm – and versitile – presence in local theatre. Last year alone her roles the the genie in the children’s pantomine Aladdin, a disembodied mouth with a lot to say in Bare Beckett, and Hamlet’s mother in the the Bahasa Malaysia adaptation of Shakespeare’s most famous play. Here this very public figure shares a little of her private side.

1. The naming of cats is a difficult matter

Unless you are Tria, and then it’s really rather simple. “I loved Maggi Mee so I called my cat Maggi. I also used to love the singer Debbie Gibson and called my cat Debbie.”

2. The (re)naming of singers is something else altogether.

Tria’s given name, the name on her I.C., is Farah. She was renamed when she went to an uztaz for healing. He said her low moods were because she didn’t like her name, and right there renamed her Nurul Fitria.

She loved it.

“The first time I heard it, it… I don’t know… vibrated with me.” Her mother did not want her to change it in an official way because she was still Farah on all official documents.

Tria: the artist formerly known as Nurul Fitria formerly known as Farah.

She was renamed once more when she was on the show Audition on NTV7. “(The producers) felt the name Farah was too common and didn’t like Nurul Fitria either.” They advised her to shorten her stage name to Tria, the name under which she became famous.

3. I’m gonna wash that depression right out of my hair

With two of her three children Tria suffered awful postpartum depression. With her first child, it lasted until her son was two years old. Her second child, a girl, was an easy birth and mother and child bonded immediately. With her third child, a daughter as well, postpartum depression returned but after a year and a half, Tria found something that helped.

Soaps by Tria: Good for the bather, good for the maker.

Soaping, or the art of making soap, is not only fun, “it puts you in control of what you want to do – you can create something to give people, something safe that they use everyday. And you can use it on everything. I wash my hair with my soap.”

4. Pick up your knitting….

Another useful way of coping with low moods, she found, was knitting. “I”ve made a sweater before…” but generally it’s the act of knitting that she likes – and starts with no plan to make anything useful. “I just keep knitting.”

“I’m still trying to figure out what I’m knitting.”

It was her aunties in Kuantan who first taught her how to knit, after reading it was good for depression, “I used to knit and knit backstage.” With a wry smile she discloses, “I was in full depression the first time I did Aladdin. Then I was nominated for a Boh Cameronian for this comedic role.”

5. Don’t tell mama

Tria took piano lessons from the age of six but never grew to like it and stopped when she was 14. “My mother forced us as long as she could.”

But if this little girl wants to learn piano, mama is ready.

She admits that as an adult, she likes having a piano in her home, even though she seldom plays. She hopes her children will want to learn (her ten-year-old boy is showing some interest) and has a book ready so she can teach them if they do. In the meantime, it comes in useful when “I need to learn a new song – I can find the notes on the piano.” So, “Thank you, Mum, for making me learn the bloody thing.”

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