NAFA alumna, Muslihah Mujtaba
Ms Muslihah Mujtaba’s involvement in Malay dance with the Sri Warisan group has taken her to see the world. The 22-year-old has set foot in Philippines, Korea, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, France and Russia. However, after many years performing in front of a crowd, she wanted to explore the behind-the-scenes of theatre work. Armed with a Diploma in Arts Management (Performing Arts) from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), Muslihah took up the Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Theatre Practice course at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London.
There, she came to understand the hardships of foreign students who have to face Western students’ misconceptions (of Islamic culture) due to a lack of exposure to the outside world. Muslihah recently came back to Singapore to receive the Goh Chok Tong Youth Promise Award at the National Gallery Singapore. She is also taking a year off from her overseas studies to accumulate experience in behind-the-scenes work in terms of events management and publication of stage manuscripts in Singapore. When she returns to London, the university has asked her to lead as a cultural ambassador who can share her experiences and challenge the local students’ current perception on Islamic culture and its practice in Singapore.
Muslihah said that she would like to inspire Malay students from disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue their interest in arts. She wants to make use of her experience of studying abroad and managing performances there to open a performing arts school in Singapore.
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Source: Berita Harian © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.