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Zaitun Mohamed Kasim: 1966 – 2008

By Kakiseni Some years ago, Time magazine ran a cover story asking, “Do the good die young?” It’s what comes to mind now, with the news that Zaitun Kasim — known as Toni to almost everyone — left us a few hours ago. Toni Kasim was a good person, and she died much too soon. […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • June 4, 2008

Lloyd Fernando, 1926 – 2008

By Ann Lee For any history of Malaysian literature, it is remiss not to consider the pioneering work of Lloyd Fernando (1926-2008) — author, academic, and eloquent champion of Malaysian literature. At the landmark 1971 Cultural Congress that defined Malaysian literature into “national” and “sectional”, Lloyd spoke (in Malay) about his hopes for the future […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • February 29, 2008

Pak Saari Abdullah, 1952 – 2006

By Prof Ghulam-Sarwar Yousof I first met Saari when, in early February 1975, I started research work for a proposed doctoral dissertation on Mak Yong in Kelantan. I was in Kota Bharu, in the Jalan Bayam house of the late Khatijah binti Awang, and I was looking for a field assistant. Khatijah, the legendary Mak […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • October 12, 2006

Jack Nathan, 1965 – 2006

By Rafil Elyas Kumaresvara (Jack) Nathan, 360° Head Rotation co-founder, musical collaborator, and my very dear friend of almost 15 years, is dead. Jack was cremated with his beloved ‘Frankenstein’ custom ‘Jack Series’ guitar on Monday, 25 September 2006, at around 4pm. On Saturday, 26 September 2006, his ashes were taken to his favourite spot, […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • October 3, 2006

Jeri Azhari, 1955-2006

By Nur Hanim Khairuddin Ahmad Azhari bin Mohd Nor atau lebih sinonim dengan panggilan Jeri telah berhijrah ke alam serba baru pada bening subuh 19 Julai 2006, hanya kira-kira dua setengah minggu usainya majlis pelancaran pameran solo (ke-8) beliau di Balai Seni Lukis Negara. Beliau dikebumikan di Sungai Siput, di tanah kelahirannya, negeri Perak Darul […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • August 9, 2006

Intimacy

By Jo Kukathas The following was first presented at Utih… Celebrating Krishen, 28 Apr 2006, at Sek San’s Gallery. It has been said that when you write a biography of a friend you must do it as if you are taking revenge for him. The same must go for eulogies. And while it was never […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • July 27, 2006

Kak Endon, 1940 – 2005

By Faridah Merican & Joe Hasham What can be written about Kak Endon that hasn’t already been read, digested and wept over time and again? She was destined to leave an indelible mark on our lives and it’s difficult to express the impact this wonderfully passionate woman has had on many of us. Her legacy […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • November 10, 2005

Dalang Dollah Baju Merah, 1937 – 2005

By Fahmi Fadzil The first time I met arwah Pak Dollah Baju Merah was in February this year. It was for the Semarak Seni project, conducted by Pusaka, to document the five main traditional performance genres in Kelantan through photography, audio recording, video footage, and writing. Sadly, that project was to be my first and […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • October 6, 2005

Swami Shanthanand Saraswathi, 1934 – 2005

By Shankar Kandasamy Swami Shanthanand Saraswathi came to Malaysia in 1970, and like all visiting Hindu monks, gave a series of talks and Bhajans (Hindu hymns) at the Vivekananda Ashram here in Brickfields K.L. His charismatic personality, marked by his charming voice, spiritually uplifting dynamic talks, sweet songs and down-to-earth friendly nature drew large crowds. […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • September 30, 2005

Pak Su Mat, 1939-2005

By Bernice Chauly It is with profound sadness that I write this. I received a phone call last Friday morning (24, June 2005) from Kuala Besut informing me that a dear friend had died. Pak Su Mat was unknown to many of us. He was the third husband of Cik Ning, the last great Makyong […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • June 30, 2005

Icon, Guru, Beloved Friend

By Kathy Rowland I came late to Krishen Jit. Having grown up with Talking Drama with Utih, his review column in the NST which ran from 1972 to 1994, however, I felt I knew all there was to know about him years before we actually became friends. He was after all a towering figure in […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • April 29, 2005

You Can Close Your Eyes

By Pete Teo & Rafil Elyas Jairus Anthony. 17 November 1963 – 12 July 2004 Jairus Anthony, beloved pub singer, passed away aged 40, on the morning of July 12, 2004. Jairus wasn’t just any pub singer, he was a charming fella well loved by many respected musicians and folks in the arts community. Kakiseni […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • July 21, 2004