A Note from K. P. A. Menon, Co-founder of SIFAS
Harmony through the Arts
The Indian Fine Arts Society of Singapore, born in 1949, is a strapping youth of twenty-five this year. By its activities during this quarter of a century, the Society has become an institution in Singapore. But to justify its existence in Singapore, the Society must work for the solidarity of the people of Singapore.
I remember with pride that the Society started with a membership including Chinese, Malays, Europeans and Indonesians. The bye-law allowing anyone interested in Indian Fine Arts to enrol himself as a member of the Society is the key-stone of the edifice. While politics divide people, arts bring them closer together. The IFAS must aim at bringing in artistes of other communities to participate in its programmes, while its own members must be encouraged to participate in the programmes of other communities. This will pave the way for each community getting interested in the fine arts of other communities. Can a more feasible step be thought of for the promotion of communal harmony in this young Republic!
As one who had a share in the creation and bringing up of the Indian Fine Arts Society of Singapore, and as one who loves the Society, I exhort each and every member of the Society to work strenuously, through the medium of Fine Arts, in the building of a well-knit, single, cosmopolitan nation of the multi-racial population of Singapore.
Published by SIFAS, celebrating SIFAS' 25th year anniversary, 1974