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Personalities>>Biographies>>Authors>>Cultural Medallion Recipients
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English
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Paul Selvaraj Abisheganaden (b. 27 March 1914, Penang, Straits Settlements–d. 31 August 2011, Singapore) was a musician and conductor, who was awarded the Cultural Medallion in 1986. Born in Penang, Abisheganaden came to Singapore in 1916 at the age of two, when his family re-located in search of better opportunities. He was taught the violin by his father and pursued further studies in London’s Guildhall School of Music. Abisheganaden founded the Singapore Chamber Ensemble in 1950, which became the most active amateur orchestra and chorus in Singapore for almost 30 years. His book Notes Across the Years is a definitive history of Western classical music in Singapore. His pioneering work in music paralleled an illustrious career in education and administrative services.