Let­ter from the Edi­tor

Robb Report (Malaysia) - - Contents -

As we move into a new year, we ap­pre­ci­ate that many op­por­tu­ni­ties have yet to present them­selves. In our first ode to 2017, we have scoured the world to un­earth in­ter­est­ing sto­ries of brands and maisons look­ing for au­then­tic­ity in their nar­ra­tives. From the Asian Art Fair in Paris to au­to­mo­tive trends, this is­sue en­cap­su­lates the stag­ger­ing breadth of per­fec­tion in craft, ser­vice and artis­tic ex­pres­sion. The last of the trio was also achieved by the doyenne of Malaysia’s art scene: Nir­mala Dutt Shan­mughalingam. Her un­timely demise just last month from ill health, at the age of 75, left a deep and pro­found im­pact on the art com­mu­nity. For decades, her body of work had shone a light on the many in­jus­tices suf­fered by Malaysia as a na­tion and peo­ple, and of the world at large.

As one of the most se­nior artists in Malaysia, her pres­ence will be missed and it is hoped that the work she leaves be­hind con­tin­ues to func­tion in the spirit of their be­ing; to be rel­e­vant, au­then­tic and ef­fec­tive in re­mind­ing all of us that some things are worth liv­ing and even dy­ing for.

Ken­neth Tan

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