Special award for film maker L Krishnan

Special award for film maker L Krishnan

SHAH ALAM: The Gandhi Memorial Trust (GMT) is to present a special award to legendary film maker Tan Sri L.Krishnan for his immense contribution towards public service.

GMT chairman S.Radhakrishnan said the award will be presented to Krishnan, 91, in conjunction with the United Nations International Day of non-violence at an event to be held at the Royal Lake Club in Kuala Lumpur on Oct 2.

"The Gandhi Memorial Trust is therefore happy to present the public service award this year to Tan Sri L. Krishnan, who will be remembered as the man who discovered the talent and groomed the late legendary Tan Sri P. Ramlee to stardom," he told Bernama.

Dubbed as the father of the Malay film industry in Malaysia, Krishan had directed more than 30 films and worked with Malaysian movie luminaries such as the late Datuk Maria Menado, Kasma Booty and Datuk Mustapha Maarof.

The former president of the Rotary Club of Kuala Lumpur Di-Raja was awarded the Service Above Self Award by Rotary International for his exemplary service in Rotary for more than 40 years.

Krishnan, who is vice-president of the Malaysian Association for the Blind, is also known for his noble tradition of celebrating Deepavali together with the less fortunate for more than 33 years.

Meanwhile, Radhakrishan said two well-known speakers of international standing will provide their omsights on how to deal with the relevance of Mahatma Gandhi's teachings at the same event which will commence at 5pm.

Radhakrishan said Ambassador-At-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Singapore, Prof Tommy Koh, and Head of the Department of Malay Studies and Associate Professor of Sociology at the National University of Singapore (NUS), Dr Syed Farid Alatas, will pay tribute to Gandhi at the event.

The session, he said, will be chaired by the Secretary-General of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Datuk Dr Rebecca Fatima Sta Maria.

He said the special lecture is to commemorate the 144th birthday anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, which is celebrated as the International Day of non-violence.

United Nations Resident Coordinator for Malaysia, Michelle Gyles-McDonnough, is scheduled to launch the event.

This article was first published in The Star on 15 September 2013.