Astro in collaboration with Creador Foundation and Five Arts Centre has awarded six grants to creative Malaysians worth a total of RM57,000, ranging from RM5,000 to RM15,000 through the Krishen Jit Fund.

This year, there were a total of 62 applications and the grants were presented to six extraordinary grantees, who are Taha Long, Deepak Kumaran Menon, Dylan Yeo Kok Siong, Goh Choon Ean, Low Hsin Yin and Vesant Nair to pursue their love of arts at the Temu-Temu Space at GMBB.

Grants are given for training, workshops, attachments or residencies, experimental productions, writing, or creating new work in music, dance, theatre, film, visual or performance art. This round, the outstanding grantees have brought us an immersive performance, an anthology of eight short films, a stage play, a publication, a table-top game and a family/drama short film.

The Selection Panel for 2022 consists of:

• Marina Abu Bakar – Director, Arts and Culture Enhancement Division, National Department for Culture and Arts, Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Malaysia.

• Jolyn Gasper – Snr. AVP Sustainability, Communications, ASTRO.

• Maha Subramaniam – Senior Programme Manager, Creador Foundation.

• Leow Puay Tin – Associate Professor, School of Arts, Sunway University.

• Ravi Navaratnam – Member, Five Arts Centre.

The Krishen Jit Fund is aimed to provide deserving arts practitioners with monetary aid to encourage and support creative work in all areas of the arts in Malaysia. The announcement of the Fund took place on 28 April 2006 to commemorate the first anniversary of Krishen’s death. To date, over 80 grants amounting to more than RM600,000 have been awarded to the next inspiring generation.