10/30/2017 7:08:12 PM
|written By : Team India Se|
After over two decades, members of the Singapore Indian Fine Arts (SIFAS) have elected a brand new management team headed by its former principal Vidhya Nair. In a closely contested election, Nair’s team won the election in a clean sweep with her team of 10 members that included parents, alumni and students. While remaining committed to the SIFAS motto, Kala Samskrithi Lakshanam (art characterises civilisation), the primary thrust of this manifesto has been about transforming SIFAS into a modern, professionally run, member-focused organisation, with an emphasis on transparency, responsiveness and digitisation.
The other members include Dr Seshan Ramaswami, Maruvada Prasad , Krishnan Srinivasan, Vinay Kumar Sinha, Subina Khaneja, Suguna Ranganathan, Sonal Rao, Sai Vigneshwar and Thulasidas Vasudevan Nambiar.
The Society, devoted to teaching classical arts in a non-formal environment, was previously headed by its President P Selvadurai who along with three others have stepped down after long years of service.
Said Vidhya Nair, "This has been a historic moment for SIFAS; to have a complete election involving members directly after close to 20 years. The members have spoken. They want change. They want a transformation of the internal workings of the Society. To strengthen and be inclusive to all and enable opportunities for both students and alumni and become an important cultural arts organisation in Singapore."
Shantha Ratii, a professional dancer and choreographer who runs a cultural organisation called SRI Initiatives, commented, “SIFAS is one of the premier institutions of Singapore. A continuous group of dedicated people worked committedly since the 1950s to put it on the map. Kudos to them!”
“This transition to a new brand of charged individuals is perhaps timely. Now they can garner their energies and expertise to prop SIFAS to scale greater heights! My heartiest congratulations to them. I am sure they will bring a new hue to the Indian cultural scene of Singapore.”