Being honoured by Malaysian royalty is no mean feat. Singapore-Indian jeweller Ritu Aurora is among a select few
10/10/2016 5:06:14 PM
|written By : Nithya Subramanian|
She came from India, settled in Singapore and has been honoured by Malaysian royalty. India-born Singaporean Ritu Aurora was recently conferred the title of Dato by the Sultan of Pahang, making her one of the select few to have that distinction.
Though this title brings a lot of respect and increases the status of the person – one is even allowed to legally change names to include Dato – Aurora says that it is her work that brings her most satisfaction. “I am a businesswoman who has been dealing in precious jewellery for the last 25 years. I was amongst the first to showcase Indian craftsmanship here in this region,” she said.
Malaysia has a system of conferring titles and the two most popular ones are Datuk and Dato. While the former is a federal title given to people who have done service to their country, Dato is given by the ruler of a state. Currently nine of the 13 states of Malaysia are constitutionally headed by traditional Malay rulers.
Ritu Aurora, whose brand is known as Jaipore Jewels, was born in Jalandhar, Punjab, but grew up in Delhi. After her marriage at 20, she went to the US and two years later moved to Singapore. “In the early days, I along with Sajni Gill and another partner in India tied up with the government-owned Metals and Minerals Trading Cooperation of India (MMTC) to bring Indian jewellery here,” she said.