Six art activists awarded grants from the Krishen Jit Astro Fund

Local art practitioners who were awarded the Krishen Jit Astro Fund recently.

Local art practitioners who were awarded grants from the Krishen Jit Astro Fund recently.

KUALA LUMPUR: Astro in collaboration with the Five Arts Centre recently awarded six grants worth RM33, 000 to eight Malaysian art activists through its Krishen Jit Astro Fund.

The fund was inspired and named after the late Dato Krishen Jit, a legendary theatre activist. Since its inception in 2006, a total of RM329,000 has been given out to local art practitioners, providing them with monetary aid to pursue their art projects.

The six art activists rewarded with the grant include Harold Reagan Eswar, Muhammad Zikri, Fasyali Fadzly, Sunitha Janamohanan and Janet Pillai, Liew Kung Yu and Koe Gaik Cheng, and Manesh Nesaratnam.

“The investment made resulted in active development in the field of arts in the country, in addition to the hardwork and passion of local artists who continue to showcase new creative artwork.

“We are also pleased that Astro continues to show their support and commitment towards development of the arts industry in Malaysia,” said Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia, Department of Culture and Arts director Tan Sri Datuk Norliza Rofli.

The Krishen Jit Astro Fund will be used for various types of trainings, production of experiments, writing, or to create a new environment in the areas of music, dance, theatre, creative writing, crafts, visual arts or accomplishments that help grantees to achieve their ambitions in the field of art.

The selection panel for awarding the grants include Astro Malaysia Holdings head of Corporate Responsibility Jolyn Gasper, Sunway University head of Department of Performance and Media Leow Puay Tin, Five Arts Centre representatives Ravi Navaratnam and Mac Chan,  and Norliza.

This year, the Krishen Jit Astro Fund received a total of 45 applications for art projects such as in music, dance, theatre, writing, film, visual and performance art, animation, education among others. The six grantees were chosen based on the applications.

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