Asian Literary Society Organized ALS Singapore Confluence 2023 At The National Library, Singapore
When an indigenous language dies out, so too does a well of knowledge – Ms Audrey Azoulay, Director-General, UNESCO.
Asian Literary Society (ALS), founded by Manoj Krishnan, organized a multilingual, multicultural, and multigenerational ALS SINGAPORE CONFLUENCE 2023 on 10th September at the flagship National Library Board,100 Victoria Street, Singapore. The confluence followed the success of ALS Singapore Caravan 2023 at the Indian Heritage Centre on 12th February.
Eric Tinsay Valles, Director of Poetry Festival Singapore, and Anurita Kher, Regional Head of Asia Pacific, Colors TV Channel, graced the event and addressed the participants and audience, encouraging and supporting the literary community in its endeavors. ALS founder Manoj Krishnan addressed the gathering virtually.
Alka Balain, Volunteer Chapter Head, ALS, curated and hosted a panel discussion on the ‘Cultural Integration of South and Southeast Asia through Literature and Revitalising Indigenous Languages’. Kevin Martens Wong, Director of Kodrah Kristang, and Muhammad Hafiz Rashid, docent and advocate of the Malay arts and heritage, spoke about the origin and continuing legacy of the Kristang and Baweanese (Boyanese) language. The panelists emphasized the significance of saving and reviving the indigenous languages in Singapore nation and the world.
The eminent guests launched Airis Griffins and the Mystery of the Archaic Atbara, written by Avishi Gurnani. Avishi is a 13-year-old budding writer with a poetry series to her credit. The story is set in Atbara, a colonial house in Singapore Botanic Gardens.
Poetry readings in English and Hindi on different themes by Abhinayya Saravanan, Avishi Gurnani, Aaradhana Sadasivam, Ellen Lavilla, Jennifer Leong aka Soy Avocado, Jyoti Prateek, Sangeetha Kamath, Sandeep Kaur, Alka Balain, Chitra Gupta and Dr Pratibha Garg was another highlight. Eric Tinsay Valles and Anurita Kher felicitated the readers.
The confluence effused the ethos of encouraging writers across all age groups and nationalities, creating a spirit of inclusivity and cohesiveness in Singapore.
Asian Literary Society will continue to promote art and literature in India, Singapore, and globally, a vision that ALS Founder Manoj Krishnan envisioned in 2017.