Astro in collaboration with Five Arts Centre continue to support the development of local arts with grants for the Krishen Jit – Astro Fund in 2014.
Inspired by the Krishen Jit’s pioneering works in art, the fund was initiated in 2006 to bring to life the artistic dreams and creativity of deserving local arts practitioners.
The funds has been utilised for various trainings, workshops, attachments or residencies, experimental productions, writing, or creating new work in music, dance, theatre, writing, visual or performance art.
Krishen Jit’s groundbreaking theatre practice straddled and brought together a wide range of contrasting spheres, producing projects that were inter-disciplinary, multi-cultural, multi-lingual and experimental.
Negotiating between academia and practice, tradition and contemporary pop culture, Hollywood and Bollywood, the mainstream and the marginalised, his works articulated a Malaysian identity that was ever evolving and encouraged practitioners and audiences to reflect on their lives and societies.
A vibrant and thriving art scene gives a nation its soul and unique characters. Astro continues to celebrate creativity and arts with the Krishen Jit – Astro Fund and aspires to see many more ground-breaking artistic works by Malaysians being brought to life with the grants in 2014.
The selection panellists for the Krishen Jit – Astro Fund in 2014 include:-
- Dato’ Norliza Rofli – Director, Department of Culture and Arts, Ministry of Information, Communication and Culture, Malaysia
- Jolyn Gasper – Snr. AVP, Corporate Responsibility, Corporate Responsibility, Community Affairs, ASTRO
- Leow Puay Tin – Head, Department of Performance & Media, Sunway University.
- Ravi Navaratnam – Representative from Five Arts Centre
- Mac Chan – Representative from Five Arts Centre
In 2014, the Krishen Jit – Astro Fund received 33 applications for projects in dance, theatre, film, video documentation, publication, visual arts, music, animation, education and interdisciplinary work.
A total allocation of RM36, 500 will be distributed to four grantees. The fund is administrated and managed by Five Arts Centre.
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