Textures: Pledge, Plays, Prose - The Literary Works of S. Rajaratnam


S. Rajaratnam was one of Singapore’s founding fathers and its first Foreign Minister. He was also instrumental in creating what is possibly the most recited sequence of words in Singapore’s history – the National Pledge.

But this journalist-turned-political ideologue was also a man of the literary word. His collections of short stories and radio plays reveal the depth of his intellect, imagination, political convictions and idealism. His intimate short stories in particular display his gift for nuance, an eloquent turn of phrase and metaphor to reflect the pressing issues of his time.

Pledge, Plays, Prose celebrates S. Rajaratnam’s quiet contributions to Singapore’s literary landscape. Join us at this reading of excerpts of his stories and radio plays, which will be followed by a panel discussion.

Directed and read by Remesh Panicker, along with Amy Cheng, R Chandran and Gerald Chew. This will be followed by a panel discussion with Dr Kirpal Singh and Ms Irene Ng.

This programme is part of Textures – a weekend with words.

Textures celebrates the power and beauty of words. It invites audiences to experience and appreciate how words give us the ability to express ourselves as well as give meaning to our lives and the world. With its profound ability to connect and unite, words breathe life into the vast breadth of human thought and feeling, whether spoken or written.

In this weekend of words, we also celebrate Singapore literature and the people who have contributed to it. From mastering the craft to those building a community of writers and readers, they are all part of weaving and strengthening the fabric of our literary landscape.
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Sat Mar 10, 2018
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM SGT
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