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Excavations, Interrogations, Krishen Jit & Contemporary Malaysian Theatre

Charlene Rajendran is a theatre educator, researcher and practitioner who is currently Assistant Professor at the National Institute of Education - Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. As performer, writer and director, she has collaborated with a range of practitioners in devising and facilitating dialogical theatre processes. More recently she has been dramaturg for interdisciplinary and intercultural arts projects that engage with issues of culture, subjectivity and agency.

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Excavations, Interrogations, Krishen Jit & Contemporary Malaysian Theatre recounts the interventions and interactions of Malaysian theatre doyen and arts leader Krishen Jit (1939–2005). Best known for his cross-disciplinary takes on the avant garde and unflinching engagement with the differences and ruptures of multicultural identity, Krishen saw theatre’s critical function as inseparable from daily life. Krishen's keen collaborations across a range of arts institutions, organizations, and practitioners made him a key figure in Southeast Asian arts conversations, inspiring performers, academics, and audiences alike with his spontaneity, warmth, and desire to understand the people he worked with. A stanch supporter of deeply local yet internationally engaged art, Krishen wrote the longest-running theatre criticism column in Malaysia’s main newspaper, co-founded the theatre company Five Arts Center, and chaired the theatre department at Akademi Seni Kebangsaan.

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