In Their Footsteps
Saturday, 19 November 2011
The Straits Times Life!
The four artists receiving the Cultural Medallion this year have the pioneers in the industry to thank for mentoring them
The four artists receiving Singapore's highest arts honour this year credit their careers to pioneers who took them on as proteges.
The Cultural Medallion, awarded to those who have achieved artistic excellence in their fields, was awarded last night at the Istana to lyricist Mohamed Noor Mohamed Yusofe, better known as Yusnor Ef; composer Kelly Tang; visual artist Lim Yew Kuan and theatre practitioner Halimah Jaafar, better known as Atin Amat.
Yusnor, 74, says his stage name and songs were shaped by film-maker P. Ramlee, while composer Tang, 50, was inspired by pioneering songsmith Leong Yoon Pin.
Similarly, painter and sculptor Lim, 83, studied under his father Lim Hak Tai, founder of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.
Atin, 54, who prefers this stage name to her official name, is artistic director of the 22-year-old theatrical ensemble Teater Kami. She got her first stage break thanks to influential playwright Nadiputra.
Including these four, the Cultural Medallion has been given out to 104 artists since it was instituted in 1979. Apart from the medallion, artists are eligible for an $80,000 grant, which can be used to fund a new arts project.
[Composer Kelly Tang is Associate Professor, Visual and Performing Arts Academic Group, NIE]
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