Faridah hopes to bring theatre to all street corners


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  • Sunday, 24 Apr 2005

BY RUBIN KHOO

KUALA LUMPUR: Theatre doyen Faridah Merican was acknowledged for her contributions to the development of local theatre when she was awarded the BOH Cameronian Lifetime Achievement Award at the 3rd Annual BOH Cameronian Arts Awards on Friday.  

In accepting the award, Faridah, who began her acting career in 1957, vowed to continue working towards the growth of theatre. 

“This is not the end. I will not rest until the arts is made available to all, and you would be able to watch theatre in every street corner in the country,” she said. 

Faridah, who now wears many hats as actress, producer and director, thanked her husband Joe Hasham, who co-founded Malaysia’s first privately owned theatre space, The Actors Studio Theatre, in 1989.  

Faridah was just one of several theatre veterans recognised for their work.  

USM lecturer Janet Pillai received the Artseefartsee Cross-cultural Champion of the Arts Award for her 20 years in children’s theatre, while Krishen Jit received the Enfiniti Award for Best Director for The Smell of Language by Huzir Sulaiman. 

Krishen, who is recuperating from a heart attack, was represented by his wife Marion D’Cruz, who thanked the public for their support. D'Cruz said Krishen was in the midst of planning his next play. 

THEATREDOYEN: Faridahcelebratingafter picking upthe BOHCameronianLifetimeAchievementAward at the3rd AnnualBOHCameronianArts Awardsheld in KualaLumpuron Friday.

Another winner was sitar maestro Samuel J. Dass, who was awarded the best original composition and best solo performance (instrumental) for “Prana in Concert”.  

The event, hosted by Jit Murad and Izlyn Ramli, saw a total of 32 awards being given out with prizes valued at over RM50,000. There were over 400 nominees from 81 eligible shows held in the Klang Valley last year.  

The Annual BOH Cameronian Arts Awards, founded by Kakiseni Sdn Bhd, was launched three years ago to raise the profile of the arts in Malaysia and to recognise the contribution of those involved in the performing arts. 

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