On 5 July 1981, Sir Stamford Raffles leaves his pedestal by the Singapore River and pays a visit to Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew at the Istana. What follows is a wide ranging discussion, both heated and humorous, that illustrates just how very human Singapore’s two most towering figures were. This conversation, along with the introduction of Munshi Abdullah ( author of the Hikayat Abdullah ) provides a fascinating backdrop for the investigation of historical authority and grand narratives.
Come and enjoy a wonderful evening as we come together with students from the Haque Centre of Acting & Creativity. They will read excerpts from Robert Yeo’s plays, the Singapore Trilogy and The Eye of History.
Robert Yeo, a.k.a Yeo Cheng Chuan, (b.1940, Singapore -), is a poet and playwright. He has also written a novel, newspaper columns on the arts, literary and theatre essays advocating the establishment of a distinctly Singaporean tradition in writing. He was for many years a lecturer in the National ... Read More
Mr. K Kesavapany
Former Director of ISEAS
Mr. K Kesavapany was the Director of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore from October 2002 until 28th February 2012. Prior to this, he was Singapore’s High Commissioner to Malaysia from 1997 to 2002. ... Read More
Mr. K Kesavapany Mr. K Kesavapany was the Director of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore from October 2002 until 28th February 2012. Prior to this, he was Singapore’s High Commissioner to Malaysia from 1997 to 2002. He served as Singapore’s Non-Resident Ambassador to Jordan from 2003 to 2015. He also served as Singapore’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva and concurrently accredited as Ambassador to Italy and Turkey from 1991 to 1997. He was elected as the first Chairman of the General Council of the WTO when it was established in January 1995.
He graduated from the University of Malaya with a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) degree and obtained a Master of Arts (Area Studies) degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Mr K. Kesavapany is a Distinguished Affiliated Fellow, Asian Research Institute, National University of Singapore, Adjunct Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS.
In addition, he is the Governor on the Board of the Singapore International Foundation and President of the Singapore Indian Association (SIA). He is also a member of the Hindu Advisory Board and a Term Trustee of the Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA).Mr. K Kesavapany’s interests are social service and golf.