List of Personalities/ Organisations in NORA

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1 Abdul Ghani Abdul Hamid [Cultural Medallion Recipient]

Abdul Ghani Abdul Hamid (b. 13 April 1933, Singapore–d. 13 April 2014, Singapore) was an award-winning writer, poet and artist. Writing primarily in Malay, A. Ghani Hamid, as he was commonly known, had hundreds of poems, short stories, essays, newspaper articles and plays to his name. As a painter, he had participated in more than 60 exhibitions since 1950. He was a founding member of Angkatan Pelukis Aneka Daya (APAD, or Artists of Various Resources) and the recipient of three prestigious literary awards: Anugerah Tun Seri Lanang (1998), Southeast Asia Write Award for Malay Poetry (1998) and the Cultural Medallion (1999).

2 Alex Abisheganaden [Cultural Medallion Recipient]

Alexander S. Abisheganaden (b. 31 January 1926, Singapore–) is among the most prominent guitarists in Singapore. A recipient of the Cultural Medallion for music in 1988, Abisheganaden has dedicated much of his life to teaching and popularising guitar playing. Although his fulltime career was in education, he developed a reputation as a highly versatile musician who is equally adept in classical, popular and traditional genres. Besides the classical guitar, Abisheganaden also plays the double bass, bass and piano accordion, among others, as well as sings, composes and acts. He is the father of Jacintha Abisheganadan, an accomplished actress, entertainer and jazz singer.

3 Alvin Pang

Alvin Pang (b. 1972, Singapore–) is considered as part of a new breed of young Singapore poets that emerged in the 1990s. These new poets include Felix Cheong, Alfian Sa’at, Toh Hsien Min and Cyril Wong. Pang’s publications include two collections of poetry, Testing the Silence and City of Rain. His poems are characterised as urban and cosmopolitan yet intimate in nature. Pang is the founder and webmaster of The Poetry Billboard, an online literary website that showcases Singapore literature.

4 Ang Ah Tee [Cultural Medallion Recipient]

Ang Ah Tee (b. 11 November 1943, Singapore–) is a veteran artist known for his acrylic, watercolour and oil paintings. Since 1976, he has created more than 2,000 paintings, a remarkable feat for an artist. Some of his works include Kashmir (1994), Shanghai (1994) and First Day of Summer (1996). He travels extensively to find inspiration and his paintings are often products of thorough research and intensive thought processes. His landscape paintings are widely sought after by collectors in the region.

5 Anthony Poon [Cultural Medallion Recipient]

Anthony Poon (b. 21 April 1945, Singapore–d. 2 September 2006, Singapore), an abstract artist and sculptor, was a pioneering second-generation Singaporean artist. He is best known for his “Wave” series of paintings and wave-relief paintings which he developed. He was probably the most commissioned artist of his generation, with innumerable works found in both private and public collections.

6 Boey Kim Cheng

Boey Kim Cheng (b. 1965, Singapore–) is widely regarded as one of the most promising Singapore poets to emerge in the 1990s. Boey has published four collections of poetry. Three of his works, Somewhere-bound, Another Place and Days of No Name, have won awards. For his artistic achievements, Boey received the National Arts Council Young Artist Award in 1996. He taught for 13 years at the University of Newcastle in Australia. In 2016, he joined Nanyang Technological University as an associate professor at its School of Humanities. He is currently the head of its English department.

7 Chew Kok Chang [Cultural Medallion Recipient]

Chew Kok Chang 周国灿 (b. 1934, Guangdong, China–), otherwise known as Zhou Can (周粲), or other pen names such as Qiu Ling 丘陵, Yu Yin 郁因, Lin Zhong Yue 林中月, Zhou Zhi Xian 周志翔, and Ai Jia 艾佳, is a well-known Chinese author in Singapore. He is a versatile writer, whose writings consist of poems, prose, short stories and critical essays.

8 Chia Cheng Sait

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9 Chng Seok Tin [Cultural Medallion Recipient]

Chng Seok Tin (b. 6 October 1946, Singapore–d. 6 September 2019, Singapore) was a multiple award-winning artist whose works have been widely showcased in Singapore and abroad. Between 1977 to 2019, she held over 30 solo and 138 group exhibitions. She pursued her art studies in Singapore, the United Kingdom, France and the US from 1971 to 1985, and for a decade from 1986, she taught tertiary-level printmaking and studio drawing. Chng’s works occupy a pivotal place in modern printmaking in Singapore. Her art practice encompasses drawing, painting, collage, mixed-media, photography, sculpture and installation. Her creations are themed around nature and the human condition. Following her visual impairment in 1988, Chng turned to creating more sculptural and mixed-media works. For her relentless spirit and contributions to the arts, she was awarded the Woman of the Year 2001 award by Her World magazine. In 2005, Chng was conferred the Cultural Medallion. As a prolific writer, Chng wrote a few columns on various topics such as art and travel for newspapers and magazines from 1974 to 2014. She had several pen names, but Zhuang Xin (庄歆) and Xin Zhen (心珍) were mainly used in her writing.

10 Chong Fah Cheong [Cultural Medallion Recipient]

Chong Fah Cheong (b. 20 January 1946, Singapore–) is a self-taught sculptor who is locally and internationally recognised for his iconic sculptures that reflect his whimsical disposition. Considered one of Singapore’s pioneer sculptors, Chong currently resides in Canada, though he still exhibits in Singapore. He is the recipient of the 2014 Cultural Medallion (Visual Arts).

11 Chong Tze Chien

Chong Tze Chien, 张子健 (b. 1974, Singapore–) is a talented and versatile playwright. One of Singapore’s brightest playwrights, Chong has been compared to heavyweights such as Arthur Miller and Kuo Pao Kun by Casey Lim, the former associate artistic director of TheatreWorks. Chong is truly passionate about all things theatre, evidenced by the diverse roles he has undertaken besides playwriting: actor, producer, director, set designer and as a mentor to upcoming writers.

12 Choo Hoey [Cultural Medallion Recipient]

Choo Hoey (b. 20 October 1934, Palembang, Sumatra, Indonesia–) is the founder and conductor emeritus of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO). He was the SSO’s resident conductor and music director from 1979 to 1996. A master in his field, Choo has gained a reputation for his expert handling of the orchestra and his genuine feeling for contemporary music. Over his long and fruitful conducting career, he has built a large opera repertoire of almost 70 scores.

13 Chua Ek Kay [Cultural Medallion Recipient]

Chua Ek Kay (b. 1947, Guangdong, China–d. 8 February 2008, Singapore) was an artist who is known for bridging Eastern and Western art. He was the first Chinese-ink painter to win the United Overseas Bank Painting of the Year Award in 1991. Chua trained under Singaporean master brush painter, Fan Chang Tien of the Shanghai School, but later developed a keen interest in Western art. The blend of traditional Chinese art forms and Western art techniques feature prominently in Chua’s paintings. He was awarded the Cultural Medallion in 1999.

14 Chua Mia Tee [Cultural Medallion Recipient]

Chua Mia Tee (b. 25 November 1931, Shantou, Guangdong, China–) is one of Singapore’s foremost realist painters. He is best known for his oil paintings that depict Singapore’s vanishing traditional urban landscape. He is also a much sought-after portrait artist who has painted several prominent businessmen and politicians in Singapore, including the nation’s past and present presidents. “National Language Class” (1959) and “Workers in the Canteen” (1974) are two of his oft-discussed works.

15 Chua Soo Bin [Cultural Medallion Recipient]

Chua Soo Bin 蔡斯民 (b. 1932, Singapore–) is a photographer who has received accolades for his work in advertising and fashion photography, in particular for his 1980s photographic documentation of the lives of important Chinese ink painters. He is also a well-respected gallerist in Asia, and has exhibited the works of key members of the Chinese avant-garde movement of the 1980s, as well as numerous other important Asian artists.

16 Claire Tham

Claire Tham Li Mei (b. 1967, Singapore–) is the author of several award-winning short story collections and two full-length novels, Skimming (1999) and The Inlet (2013). She has also contributed literary reviews for The Straits Times newspaper. Previously a legal officer, Tham is currently a partner at a local law firm.

17 Colin Cheong

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18 Cyril Wong

Cyril Wong Yit Mun (b. 1977, Singapore–) is an award-winning poet and writer. He clinched the National Arts Council’s (NAC) Young Artist Award in 2005 and is a two-time winner of the Singapore Literature Prize (2006; joint winner for 2016) for English poetry. Wong has written 16 collections of poems and prose to date. Often dubbed Singapore’s “first confessional poet”, Wong’s works have appeared in several homegrown and international literary anthologies and magazines.

19 Daren Shiau

Daren Shiau Vee Lung (b. 1971, Singapore–) is a writer, lawyer and an environmental activist. He won the Singapore Literature Prize Commendation Award in 1998 for his debut novel, Heartland. Shiau also received the National Arts Council’s Young Artist Award in 2002. In addition to his literary career, Shiau is a partner with the law firm, Allen and Gledhill. Over the last two decades, he has held appointments in the Films Appeal Committee of the Board of Film Censors, the boards of the Singapore Environment Council and the National Parks Board, as well as the supervisory panel of the former Ministry of Community Development’s Feedback Unit.

20 Dave Chua

Dave Chua Hak Lien (b. 1970, Malaysia –), author of the novel Gone Case, was the recipient of the Singapore Literature Prize Commendation Award in 1996. He had been the joint winner of the SPH-NAC (Singapore Press Holdings-National Arts Council) Golden Point Award (short story category) for his work, Father’s Gift, the previous year.

21 David Leo

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22 David Lim Kim San [Cultural Medallion Recipient]

David Lim Kim San (b. 7 May 1933, Singapore–) has a diverse career in music which spanned over four decades, including educator, administrator, producer, advocate, vocalist and conductor. Lim’s contribution to the school band and choral movements began in the 1960s when he spearheaded the music education scene in Singapore, together with an elite group of specialists. He is also noted for his role as conductor of the Singapore Youth Choir (SYC) for more than two decades. In 1974, he led the choir at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales, where it won first prize in the youth category. Lim was conferred the Cultural Medallion in 1979 for his contributions to the nation. He was also awarded the COMPASS Meritorious Award in 2001.

23 Desmond Sim

Desmond Sim Kim Jin (b. 1961, Singapore–) is a playwright, poet, short-story writer and painter. He is best known for his short stories and plays that he has penned and staged. His accomplishments include winning the Singapore Literature Prize for Poetry (Merit) for his collection of poems Places Where I’ve Been (1993); his double victory at the NUS/Shell Short Play Competition for Storyteller and Red Man, Green Man in 1990; winning the first Hewlett-Packard/Action Theatre 10-minute Play Contest with Drunken Prawns in 1993; and winning the Best Original Script award at the 2002 DBS Life! Theatre Awards with Autumn Tomyam.

24 Dream Academy Productions

Dream Academy Productions (DAP) is a theatre production company established by local actress and comedian Selena Tan in 2000. The company is well known for its comedic productions featuring music and satire, such as the popular Dim Sum Dollies and Broadway Beng. Besides theatre productions, DAP also provides hosting services for corporate events.

25 Dudley Patrick De Souza

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26 Eddie Tay

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27 Edwin Thumboo [Cultural Medallion Recipient]

Edwin Nadason Thumboo (b. 22 November 1933, Singapore–), Emeritus Professor at the National University of Singapore’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, is widely regarded as the unofficial poet laureate of Singapore. He is best known for writing on national issues. His poem, Ulysses by the Merlion, is a major work in Singapore literature. He was the first Singaporean to be conferred the Southeast Asia Write Award (1979) and the Cultural Medallion for Literature (1980). His other awards include National Book Development Council prizes for poetry (1978, 1980, 1994), the ASEAN Cultural and Communication Award in Literature (1987), the Public Service Star (Bar) (1991), and the Meritorious Service Medal (2006). He was also awarded the Distinguished Arts and Social Sciences Alumnus Award (2016) by the National University of Singapore in recognition of his outstanding contributions as a poet, scholar, academic leader and champion of Singapore writing.

28 Eleanor Wong

Eleanor Wong Siew Yin (b. 6 February 1962, Singapore–) is a lawyer and playwright. She is best known for her trilogy of plays Invitation to Treat (2003), which explores the themes of lesbianism, female sexuality and gender politics in Singapore. Two of the plays were staged in the 1990s as Mergers & Accusations (1993) and Wills & Secession (1995). The last instalment, Jointly & Severably, was produced as part of Invitation to Treat in 2003. Wong made her theatrical debut with her first play, Peter’s Passionate Pursuit, which clinched a joint first prize at the NUS-Shell Short Play Competition in 1986. Wong is also well known in the legal circles. She is director of the Legal Skills Programme and vice dean of student affairs at the law faculty of the National University of Singapore (NUS).

29 Felix Cheong

Felix Cheong Seng Fei (b. 1965, Singapore–) is a poet and recipient of the National Arts Council Young Artist Award for Literature in 2000. He has published three volumes of poetry: Temptation and Other Poems (1998), I Watch the Stars Go Out (1999) and Broken by the Rain (2003). Cheong is also an active promoter of Singapore’s literary arts scene. He was a freelance writer for local newspapers and publications such as Today, The New Paper and The Edge.

30 Foo Tee Jun [Cultural Medallion Recipient]

Foo Tee Jun (b. 15 December 1935, Singapore–) is a highly regarded and artistically distinguished salon photographer. His involvement with professional photography began in 1963. Over the years, Foo perfected his skills and experimented with various darkroom techniques to create a series of remarkable works in the era before digital imaging. The achievements and length of his creative career, and his passionate teaching of photography, have earned him the praise and respect of many. In 1989, Foo Tee Jun was awarded the Cultural Medallion for Photography.

31 Georgette Chen [Cultural Medallion Recipient]

Georgette Chen Li Ying, born Chang Li Ying (b. October 1906, Zhejiang, China–d. 15 March 1993, Singapore), was one of Singapore’s pioneer artists who established the Nanyang style of painting. Known for her still life and portraits in oils, Chen was awarded the Cultural Medallion in 1982 for her outstanding achievements and contributions to art in Singapore.

32 Goh Beng Kwan [Cultural Medallion Recipient]

Goh Beng Kwan (b. 26 December 1937, Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia–) is a pioneer Singapore modern artist known for his distinctive approach to abstraction and collage, as seen from his artworks. For his contributions to the local art scene, Goh was awarded the Cultural Medallion for Visual Arts in 1989.

33 Goh Poh Seng [Cultural Medallion Recipient]

Goh Poh Seng (b. 1936, Kuala Lumpur, Malaya–d.10 January 2010, Vancouver, Canada) was a physician, poet, laureate, award-winning writer and entrepreneur. He played an active role in the arts scene of post-independence Singapore. Goh was a pioneer of local English drama and the author of the first local novel, If We Dream Too Long. The book won the National Book Development Council of Singapore’s (NBDCS) Fiction Book Award in 1976, and has been translated into other languages including Russian and Japanese. Goh received the Cultural Medallion in 1982.

34 Goh Soo Khim [Cultural Medallion Recipient]

Goh Soo Khim (b. 1944, Singapore–) is a ballerina, choreographer and dance educator. She was one of the co-founders of the Singapore Dance Theatre (SDT), and has been the director and principal of the Singapore Ballet Academy (SBA) since 1971. Goh has played a major role in the development and professionalisation of dance in Singapore and is credited with nurturing a number of successful dancers.

35 Han Sai Por [Cultural Medallion Recipient]

Sculptor Han Sai Por (b. 19 July 1943, Singapore – ) is well-known for her sculptures carved in stone, bringing to life figurative forms and organic shapes to hefty granite blocks. She has exhibited her works internationally in Southeast Asia, China, South Korea, North America and Europe. Some of her works are on permanent displays in Singapore’s hotels, libraries and Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) stations as well as in parks of Malaysia, Japan, United States and the United Kingdom. Han was awarded the 1995 Cultural Medallion for her contribution to art.

36 Haresh Sharma [Cultural Medallion Recipient]

Haresh Sharma (b. 1965, Singapore–) is the resident playwright of The Necessary Stage, Singapore. A critically-acclaimed playwright known for his socially-conscious plays, he has written more than 100 plays that have been staged in Singapore and abroad, such as Berlin, Busan, Germany, Melbourne as well as Birmingham and London in the UK. He won the 1993 Singapore Literature Prize for his play Still Building. In 1997, he was conferred the Young Artist Award by the National Arts Council for his literary contributions. In 2014, he won the regional S.E.A. Write award for Singapore. In recognition of his contributions to the arts in Singapore, the National Arts Council presented him with the Cultural Medallion Award in 2015.

37 Hossan Leong [Cultural Medallion Recipient]

Hossan Leong (b. 1969, Singapore–) is an actor, comedian, director, television and radio host, motivational speaker and entertainer.

38 Isa Kamari [Cultural Medallion Recipient]

Isa Kamari (b. 1960, Singapore–) is a prominent figure in Singapore’s Malay literary scene. He has gained critical acclaim for many of his works, which range from novels and short stories to poetry and essays. He is also a musician, and has crafted scripts for television and theatre. In 2007, Isa was conferred the Cultural Medallion, the most prestigious arts award in Singapore, becoming the first non-fulltime artist to receive the award.

39 Iskandar Jalil [Cultural Medallion Recipient]

Iskandar Jalil (b. 5 January 1940, Singapore–) is an eminent local ceramist who uses fine clay to develop bowls and pots into artworks, integrating Japanese and Islamic styles. Iskandar was awarded the Cultural Medallion for Visual Arts in 1988.

40 Ivan Heng [Cultural Medallion Recipient]

Ivan Heng (b. 1963, Singapore–), an accomplished stage actor and director, is the founding artistic director of theatre company Wild Rice. He has acted and directed many Singapore theatre productions and his works have been performed internationally in Europe, Asia, America, Australia, New Zealand and Russia.

41 Jack Neo [Cultural Medallion Recipient]

Neo Chee Keong (b. 1960, Singapore–), popularly known as Jack Neo, is an actor, emcee and filmmaker. He was awarded the Cultural Medallion in 2005 for his achievements in filmmaking. One of Neo’s early films, Money No Enough (1998), is one of Singapore’s highest grossing local films, receiving S$5.8 million in box-office takings.

42 Joavien Ng

Joavien Ng Bong Na (b. 1973, Singapore–) is a dance choreographer whose works have been presented and commissioned by various festivals and performances in Japan, Taipei, Hong Kong, Seoul, Canada and the United States. Ng has helped pushed the local dance scene beyond mainstream forms towards a multidisciplinary stage. Through unorthodox dance creations, Ng blurs the boundaries between dance and other art forms such as theatre. Tapping into multimedia art and theatrical elements, she creates her own signature blend of dance theatre, embodying simplicity with injections of dark humour.

43 Kam Kee Yong [Cultural Medallion Recipient]

Kam Kee Yong (b. Penang, Malaysia–) is a composer, violinist, conductor, artist, and the father of violinist Kam Ning. He is often described as a self-made man, with values of hard work and a pioneering spirit. Kam led the Singapura String Orchestra and the People’s Association String Orchestra from the 1970s to ’80s, nurturing a generation of musicians. He is a strong advocate for the performance of local compositions.

44 Kirpal Singh

Kirpal Singh (b. 1949, Singapore–) is a poet, literary and cultural critic, and university lecturer in English language and literature. He has written and published four collections of poetry and edited numerous literary journals and books. He was a founding member of the Centre for Research in New Literatures at Flinders University, Australia in 1977, and the first Asian director of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in 1993 and 1994. He was also chairman of the Singapore Writers’ Festival in the 1990s. He is currently an associate professor at the Singapore Management University (SMU).

45 Kumar

Kumarason Chinnadurai (b. 10 August 1968, Singapore–), popularly known as Kumar, is a stand-up comedian, actor, host and drag queen. He made his name at the now defunct cabaret nightclub Boom Boom Room, and was for a time synonymous with the club as its headlining act. Having spent more than two decades in the entertainment industry, Kumar has amassed a string of television, stage and film credits. He has also launched a biography, in which he disclosed that he is gay, thus making him the sole openly gay public figure in Singapore.

46 Kuo Pao Kun [Cultural Medallion Recipient]

Kuo Pao Kun (b. 1939, Xiaoguo village, Hebei, China–d. 10 September 2002, Singapore) was a playwright who produced plays in both English and Chinese. He is considered one of the most significant dramatists in Singapore and a pioneer of Singapore theatre. Many of his works, created over four decades, have been translated into Malay, Tamil, German, Japanese and Arabic. Many, too, have been produced and performed by theatre companies in Singapore and abroad. He was awarded the Cultural Medallion in 1989.

47 Lee Tzu Pheng [Cultural Medallion Recipient]

Lee Tzu Pheng (b. 13 May 1946, Singapore–) is one of Singapore’s distinguished poets. A retired university lecturer, she has published in anthologies and journals internationally. Her three volumes of poetry, Prospect of a Drowning (1980), Against the Next Wave (1988) and The Brink of an Amen (1991), have won awards from the National Book Development Council of Singapore. She is also a recipient of the Cultural Medallion for literature in 1985, and other awards such as the Southeast Asia Write Award (1987), Gabriela Mistral Award (Chile, 1995) and the Montblanc-NUS Centre for the Arts Literary Award for English poetry (1996).

48 Leong Yoon Pin [Cultural Medallion Recipient]

Leong Yoon Pin (b. 5 August 1931, Singapore–d. 13 April 2011, Singapore) was a composer, conductor and educator. Described as the doyen of Singapore composers, Leong was well known for his choral compositions, many of which were locally commissioned and performed by both amateur and professional choirs. His compositions were often infused with a local flavour. Leong was awarded the Cultural Medallion in 1982.

49 Lim Tze Peng [Cultural Medallion Recipient]

Lim Tze Peng (林子平) (b. 28 September 1921, Singapore–) is an artist, and a winner of the Cultural Medallion in 2003. Self-taught, Lim started painting in the 1950s when he was a teacher in Xin Min School. Having a strong foundation in Chinese philosophy, art and culture, Lim’s paintings are often deeply rooted in tradition, and yet exude a contemporary feel at the same time.

50 Lin Chen [Cultural Medallion Recipient]

Lin Chen (b. 1919, Singapore–d. 29 August 2004, Singapore) was a pioneer theatre director and playwright who was active in the local Mandarin theatre scene in the 1950s and 1960s. He was also an accomplished writer who wrote short stories and prose under the pen names of Bai Meng, Ai Meng, Bai Dan and Bai Ni. For his achievements and contributions to the local theatre scene, Lin was awarded the Cultural Medallion Award for Theatre in 1982.

51 Lin Lusan 林禄三

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52 M. Balakrishnan [Cultural Medallion Recipient]

M. Balakrishnan (b. 18 September 1938, Singapore–), or Mayandiambalam Balakrishnan, is a prominent author popularly known by his pen name – Ma Ilangkannan. He was the first Tamil writer to receive the South East Asian Writers Award in 1982, and was awarded the Cultural Medallion in 2005.

53 Madeleine Lee

Madeleine Lee Suh Shin (b.1962), is an award-winning investment manager and poet. She has more than 30 years of experience in managing public and private equities, and has worked for the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation, Chase Manhattan Bank, and Morgan Grenfell Investment Management Asia. She went on to become the managing director and chief investment officer of Commerzbank Asset Management Asia Ltd. She subsequently left to start her own financial services firm,, in 1999. She is also presently the managing director and chief investment officer of Athenaeum Limited, a company she founded the same year.

54 Margaret Leng Tan [Cultural Medallion Recipient]

Margaret Tan Hee Leng (b. 1945, Singapore–), popularly known as Margaret Leng Tan, is a pianist and a leading figure in experimental music. One of the best-known Singaporean musicians internationally, she is famed for her skill with unconventional playing techniques and in playing the toy piano.

55 Mohamed Latiff Mohamed [Cultural Medallion Recipient]

Mohamed Latiff Mohamed (b. 20 March 1950, Singapore– ) is a prolific poet and writer in Singapore’s Malay literary scene. A teacher by training, he is best known for his works about the struggles of the Malay community in post-independence Singapore. A three-time winner of the Singapore Literature Prize, Mohamed Latiff was awarded the Cultural Medallion in 2013.

56 Muhammad Ariff Ahmad [Cultural Medallion Recipient]

Muhammad Ariff Ahmad (b. 6 December 1924, Singapore–23 March 2016, Singapore), also known as Mas, was an award-winning writer, editor and lecturer. A founding member of the Malay literary club, Angkatan Sasterawan ’50 (Asas ’50), he was a prominent expert and activist of the Malay language and culture in Singapore. Besides winning two prestigious Malay awards, the Tun Sri Lanang and the Pendeta (Scholar), Muhammad Ariff has also been honoured on the national and regional levels, receiving the Cultural Medallion (1987) and the Public Service Star (2000). from the Singapore government, as well as the Southeast Asian Write Award (1993). He was a freelance writer and special columnist of the Malay-language newspaper Berita Harian until his death.

57 Nadiputra [Cultural Medallion Recipient]

Playwright, director, producer and actor, Almahdi Al-Haj Ibrahim (b. 1946, Singapore-), better known as Nadiputra, is considered by many in the Malay community as the reigning patriarch of Malay theatre. He has been involved in drama for more than three decades, having written more than 200 plays for stage, radio and television, including Puncak, Malaikat, Selimut Putih and Vanda Miss Joaquim. He has received numerous awards for his plays, including the prestigious Cultural Medallion in 1986 for his contributions to theatre.

58 Ng Eng Teng [Cultural Medallion Recipient]

Ng Eng Teng (b. 12 July 1934, Singapore–d. 4 November 2001, Singapore) was a sculptor and winner of the Cultural Medallion in visual arts in 1981. He learned painting under first-generation masters such as Georgette Chen and Liu Kang, and furthered his studies in ceramics in England. Having returned to Singapore in 1966, Ng maintained a prolific production throughout his career until his death in November 2001. One of the most renowned artists in Singapore, he is remembered for his large-scale sculptures gracing many public spaces as well as his introspective and whimsical interpretations of humanist themes in three-dimension.

59 Ong Keng Sen [Cultural Medallion Recipient]

Ong Keng Sen (b. 1964, Singapore–), the critically acclaimed artistic director of TheatreWorks, a local theatre company, is best known for his intercultural Shakespeare-inspired trilogy of works – Lear, Desdemona and Search: Hamlet. He was the artistic director of an international arts festival, In-Transit, held at the House of World Cultures, Berlin, in 2002 and 2003. Winner of the Young Artist Award in 1993, the Singapore Youth Award (Arts & Culture) in 2000 and the Cultural Medallion(Theatre) in 2003, Ong is a trailblazer in the development of Singaporean and Asian theatre, and has achieved international fame with his works that have been staged in Asia, Australia, Europe and the United States.

60 Ong Kim Seng [Cultural Medallion Recipient]

Eminent watercolourist Ong Kim Seng (b. 10 June 1945, Singapore–) is the former president of the Singapore Watercolour Society (1991 to 2001), a Cultural Medallion winner (Visual Art) in 1990, and winner of six awards from the prestigious American Watercolour Society. He has held numerous solo and group exhibitions since his first solo exhibition, Himalayan Trek Art Exhibition, at the Asia Art Gallery in 1979. His works have been exhibited internationally in Europe, USA, Japan and ASEAN countries.

61 Ovidia Yu

Ovidia Yu (b. 1961, Singapore–) is an award-winning novelist, short story writer and playwright. She is the recipient of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Singapore Foundation Culture Award (1996), the National Arts Council Young Artist Award (1996) and the Singapore Youth Award (1997). Her plays have been performed locally and abroad.

62 Paul Abisheganaden [Cultural Medallion Recipient]

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.

63 Paul Tan

Paul Tan Kim Liang (b. 1970–) is a poet and winner of the Singapore Literature Prize in 1993 and 1997 for his collections of poems.

64 Percival Frank Aroozoo

Percival Frank Aroozoo (b. 13 April 1900, Singapore–d. 15 March 1969, Singapore) was headmaster of Gan Eng Seng School from 1938 to 1955. He was responsible for the opening of the new school building at Anson Road in 1951, and oversaw the school`s transition from a primary to a secondary school. He was also instrumental in shaping the school`s identity through his design of the school crest and the creation of the school creed. During his term in Outram School, Frank wrote and produced the annual school play for 12 years, from 1930.

65 Phan Wait Hong [Cultural Medallion Recipient]

Phan Wait Hong (潘月红) (b. 1914, Shanghai, China–d. 1 September 2016, Singapore) is a key figure in the history of Beijing opera in Singapore. She came to Singapore from Shanghai at the age of 14 and rose to become a lead actress in a professional company that toured Malaya and Indonesia with great success in the 1940s and 1950s. Phan was associated with many milestone events in the development of Beijing opera in Singapore. In 1992, she was awarded the Cultural Medallion (Chinese opera).

66 Philip Jeyaretnam

Philip Jeyaretnam (b. 1964, Singapore–) is a senior counsel and an award-winning writer. He is the youngest son of veteran opposition politician and lawyer, Joshua Benjamin Jeyaretnam, popularly known as JBJ. Jeyaretnam has written two bestsellers, First Loves and Raffles Place Ragtime. Among the literary awards he has received are the Airey Neave Award, Southeast Asia Write Award and the National Book Development Council of Singapore’s Highly Commended prize. He is also the recipient of the National Arts Council’s 1993 Young Artist Award. Jeyaretnam has been chairman of the Singapore Writers’ Festival steering committee since 2007 and a member of the Public Service Commission since 2009. He is also a managing partner of law firm Rodyk & Davidson LLP.

67 Robert Yeo

Robert Yeo Cheng Chuan (b. 1940, Singapore–) is a poet, playwright, novelist, essayist and librettist. He has written a novel, newspaper columns on the arts, as well as literary and theatre essays advocating the establishment of a distinctly Singaporean tradition in writing. He was for many years a lecturer at the Nanyang Technological University’s National Institute of Education, and was a proponent for the greater inclusion of the study of local texts in the school curriculum. Poet and critic Aaron Lee has described Yeo as being “the most Singaporean of Singaporean writers”. He is often associated with second-generation literary contemporaries, poets Lee Tzu Pheng and Arthur Yap.

68 Roger Jenkins

Roger Jenkins (b. 1953, Singapore – ), Singapore-born Briton turned Singaporean, drama educator, poet, playwright, storyteller, and artistic director of Dramaplus Arts, made his mark here in drama and the arts.

69 Russell Heng

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70 S. Varathan [Cultural Medallion Recipient]

S. Varathan (b. 22 February 1934, Singapore –), recipient of the National Arts Council Cultural Medallion in 1984, has played an active role in the local Tamil drama scene as an artiste, director, founder, producer, writer and researcher.

71 Stella Kon

Stella Kon (b. 1944, Edinburgh, Scotland–), a playwright, novelist, short-story writer and poet, is best known for her monodrama Emily of Emerald Hill, which has been performed locally as well as internationally. The winner of several playwriting competitions in the early 1980s, Kon currently resides in Singapore.

72 Suchen Christine Lim

Suchen Christine Lim (b. 1948, Malaysia–) is the first winner of the Singapore Literature Prize (Fiction) in 1992 for her novel, A Fistful of Colours. Lim has written short stories, children’s stories, students’ textbooks as well as a play. In 2000, she was the international writer-in-residence at the University of Iowa in the U.S.

73 Tan Hwee Hwee

Tan Hwee Hwee (b. 1974, Singapore–) was the recipient of the National Arts Council’s (NAC) Young Artist Award in 2003. She is the author of Foreign Bodies (1997) and Mammon Inc. (2001), which won the Singapore Literature Prize in 2004. Her works have been published with Michael Joseph, part of the Penguin Group. She has also worked as a lifestyle journalist with Singapore newspapers The Business Times and Today.

74 Tan Swie Hian [Cultural Medallion Recipient]

Tan Swie Hian (b. 5 May 1943, Pulau Halang, Indonesia–) is a multidisciplinary Singaporean artist known for his poetry, novels, paintings, calligraphy and sculptures. A highly esteemed artist, Tan has received multiple accolades both locally and internationally in the fields of literature, visual arts and the performing arts. For his artistic achievements, he was awarded the Cultural Medallion for Visual Arts in 1987.

75 Tan Tarn How

Tan joined TheatreWorks Singapore as its associate artistic director in 2002. He is a journalist and playwright, whose award-winning works include Fear of Writing, a parable about a playwright’s anxiety regarding writer’s block, and Machine, a dark take on postmodern love. Tan won the Best Original Script award for the former at the 12th Life! Theatre Awards in 2012.

76 Tay Chee Toh [Cultural Medallion Recipient]

Tay Chee Toh (b. 1941, Johor, Malaysia–) is a second-generation Singapore artist. His works, which range from paintings to sculptures and prints, have been associated with figurative and abstract art, and draw on a diverse range of influences including batik painting, industrial objects and the surreal. In 1985, Tay received the Cultural Medallion. He also won the second and first prizes in the United Overseas Bank (UOB) Painting of the Year competition in 1982 and 1985 respectively.

77 Teo Eng Seng [Cultural Medallion Recipient]

Teo Eng Seng (张永生) (b. 14 December 1938, Singapore–) was a recipient of the Cultural Medallion in 1986 for his contributions to visual arts. In 1960, The Singapore Free Press described Teo as “a youth who holds the record of being the first schoolboy in Singapore to hold a one-man art exhibition”. His invention of the paperdyesculp as a medium ranks as one of the most significant achievements of second-generation artists in Singapore. He has also extended his oeuvre to include both performance and installation art. Teo’s earliest works of the 1960s and 1970s had portrayed art as a form of a social statement. His most important contributions also lie in the area of art education and his advisory role to various art institutions and national committees. In his 70s, Teo converted part of his home on Marshall Road to Muse House, an exhibition space where his collection and the works of other artists are showcased for free.

78 Thomas Yeo [Cultural Medallion Recipient]

Thomas Yeo (b. 22 April 1936, Singapore–) is one of Singapore`s prominent second-generation artists. Since the 1960s, his work has been infused with Western ideas although he never completely abandoned the images and impressions of Asia, and featured these prominently in his art pieces. Conferred the Cultural Medallion in 1984, Yeo continues his active participation in the art community in Asia.

79 Tsung Yeh [Cultural Medallion Recipient]

Yeh Tsung (b. 17 May 1950, Shanghai, China–), better known as Tsung Yeh, has been the music director of the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) since 2002. Currently also the music director of the South Bend Symphony Orchestra in the United States (US), Yeh is the world’s first conductor to hold music directorship of a Western symphony orchestra and a Chinese orchestra simultaneously. With his cross-disciplinary expertise, Yeh has pushed the frontiers of Chinese classical music and expanded the SCO’s repertoire through multimedia and multidisciplinary productions. By bringing SCO’s performances to new heights, both musically and technically, he has transformed the SCO into an internationally acclaimed Chinese orchestra with a unique Singapore character. Yeh is also noted for taking the SCO to the international arena. In August 2009, the SCO became the world’s first Chinese orchestra that performed in Scotland’s prestigious Edinburgh International Festival, as part of TheatreWorks’ multidisciplinary performance, Diaspora. In recognition of his contributions to local arts, Yeh was awarded the Cultural Medallion in 2013. It is the highest award conferred in the field of the arts in Singapore.

80 Wee Beng Chong [Cultural Medallion Recipient]

Wee Beng Chong (黄明宗; Huang Mingzong) (b. 22 November 1938, Singapore–), a renowned artist, was one of the first recipients of the Cultural Medallion when it was established in 1979. Among the most versatile artists in Singapore, Wee has done sculpture, Chinese painting, Chinese calligraphy, seal engraving, wood-carving, oil painting, acrylic, watercolour, ceramic plates, finger painting, print-making, sketching, mixed-medium works and lithograph. He was also active in art education. He joined the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) in 1981, heading its Fine Art department from 1982 to 1989 before becoming a senior lecturer from 1990 to 2014. Wee also co-founded several art societies such as the Modern Art Society Singapore, Singapore Shicheng Calligraphy and Seal-carving Society, and Lanting Art Society. In addition, he has advised or headed art societies and events in Singapore, such as the Sculpture Society Singapore, Singapore Calligraphy Centre and the National Day Calligraphy & Painting Exhibition, among others.

81 Wong Meng Voon [Cultural Medallion Recipient]

Wong Meng Voon (黄孟文; b. 27 July 1937, Perak, Malaya–), who also writes under his pen name Meng Yi (孟毅), is one of Singapore’s most eminent Chinese authors. Well-known for his mini-fiction, Wong actively promotes the Chinese mini-novel genre to the world through his creative writing and critical studies.

82 Wong Ming

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83 Wong Yoon Wah [Cultural Medallion Recipient]

Wong Yoon Wah (b. 13 August 1941, Perak, Malaysia–) is one of the few Singaporeans who excel as an international poet, critic and scholar. Prolific in both creative and academic writing, Wong has published more than 20 collections of prose, poetry, and academic writings on Chinese and comparative literature in Chinese and English. For his commitment to promoting literature regionally, Wong was awarded the Southeast Asia Write Award (1984), the Cultural Medallion (1986), and the ASEAN Cultural Award (1993).

84 Wu Peng Seng [Cultural Medallion Recipient]

Wu Peng Seng (b. 1915, Shantou, China–d. 23 May 2006, Singapore), also known as Goh Peng Seng, was a pioneer photographer in Singapore known for his landscape photography and photographic travelogues. Wu was involved in photography for more than half a decade, during which time he won numerous awards and honorary fellowships for his achievements and contributions to the photographic arts. For his contributions to the field of photography, Wu was awarded the Cultural Medallion for Photography in 1990.