HISTORY

1971

  • Organised its first variety show entitled ‘Kalai Aaram’.

1972

  • Picnic at Ponggol Holiday Bungalow.
  • Staged drama entitled ‘Kalyanamaam Kalyanam’ at Victoria Theatre.

1973

  • Picnic at Kampong Tengah Holiday Camp.
  • Staged drama entitled ‘Athuthan Rahasiyam’.

1974

  • Celebrated Tamil New Year with Kalaipithargal Association and Bukit Panjang Youth and Cultural Association.
  • Picnic at Changi Holiday Bungalow jointly with Kalaipithargal Association.
  • Re-staged ‘Kalyanamaam Kalyanam’ drama.

1975

  • Kalyanamam Kalyanam’ was staged again at Sri Narayana Mission,
  • Drama Nite 1975 was held at Victoria Theatre.
  • Picnic at Sentosa.

1976

  • Staged drama entitled ‘ Alaiyum Aathma’ at Victoria Theatre.
  • Picnic at St John’s Island.

1977

  • Staged a cultural show and donated $1003 towards the Jurong Sri Murugan Temple Building Fund.
  • Participated in the National Day Celebrations.
  • Picnic at St John’s Island.
  • Organised music and drama classes conducted for members’ children.

1978

  • Drama entitled ‘Noble Heart’ was staged at the Victoria Theatre.
  • A cultural nite was held at the National Theatre.
  • Best Artistes Award was introduced.

1979

  • Staged drama entitled ‘Kaalamenum Chirpi’.

1980

  • Staged another drama entitled ‘Manakkannaadi’.

1981

  • Staged a drama entitled ‘Chinnachirusugal”.

1982

  • Participated in the Festival of Arts.
  • Staged a drama entitled ‘Neeril Pootha Neruppu’ which won the Best Production Award.

1983

  • Participated in the Festival of Arts.
  • Staged a drama entitled ‘Kudumbathil Kuzhappangal’ which won the Best Production Award.

1984

  • Participated in the Festival of Arts.
  • Staged a drama entitled ‘Kovil Gopuram’ which won the Best Production Award.

1985

  • Participated in the Festival of Arts.
  • Staged a drama entitled ‘Singapore Maapillai’ which won the Best Production Award.

1986

  • Participated in the Drama Festival.
  • Staged a drama entitled ‘Nenjil Aadum Nizhalgal’.

1987

  • Staged “Pagai Vendra Cholan” (Period Drama).
  • Staged another drama entitled ‘Thandanai’.

1988

  • Drama entitled ‘Kallo Kaviyamo?’ was staged at Victoria Theatre. Concession rate was given for students to attend and learn as it was a Literature text then.

1989

  • Two books based on the dramas which were awarded Best Production Awards were published for public readership.

1990

  • Celebrated its 20th Anniversary at the Drama Centre.
  • 20 artistes were presented with the ‘Kalaichemmal’ awards and 5 with the ‘Kalaikkavalar’ awards.
  • A book based on the personalities of Tamil drama in Singapore was published in English and Tamil. These books were launched by Mr S Rajaretnam, Distinguished Fellow at the Institute of South-East Asian Studies.

1991

  • Staged a Tamil Variety Show entitled ‘6 to 16’ at the World Trade Centre Auditorium to encourage young talents. Actress Mr Ranjeetha was the Guest of Honour.

1992

  • Staged a Tamil Drama entitled ‘Engey Pogirom’ at the World Trade Centre Auditorium.

1993

  • A Tamil Variety Show entitled “Innisai Mazhai’ was staged at the WTC Amphitheatre.

1994

  • A drama entitled ‘New Car, Old Road’ was staged at the Drama Centre;
  • The drama was staged again at the Thomson Community Centre.
  • An exhibition on ‘The development of Tamil drama in Singapore since 1936’ was exhibited at Drama Centre for 5 days.

1995

  • Celebrated its 25th Anniversary with a Tamil Variety Show, Velli Malar Cholaiyiley’ at the World Trade Centre Auditorium.
  • An exhibition on ‘The development of Tamil drama in Singapore since 1936’ was exhibited at the World Tamil Research Conference in Tanjore, South India.

1996

  • A Tamil Variety Show entitled ‘Vasantha Maalai’ was held at the Drama Centre.

1997

  • Launched the first Tamil Transit Link Card (5,000 pieces) at the PUB Auditorium.

1998

  • 28th Anniversary Dinner & Dance was held at the Neptune Theatre Restaurant. 2 artistes (Mr Re Somasundram and Ms Suseela Krishnasamy) were presented with Lifetime Achiever Awards for their contribution towards Arts and the Association. Some 450 people attended this Dinner & Dance.

2004

  • A commendation ceremony was held at the Umar Pulavar Tamil Language Centre to honour artistes who won awards at the Pradana Vizha (Television Corporation of Singapore).

2005

  • Celebrated its 35th Anniversary. 
  • 35 artistes were presented with the ‘Kalaichemmal’ awards and 5 with the ‘Kalaikkavalar’ awards.
  • A book on the award winners was published in English and Tamil. These books were launched by Dr Balaji Sadasivan, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts & Ministry of Health.

2006

  • A drama entitled “Idaiveli” was staged at the Raffles Hotel Jubilee Hall on two consecutive days.
  • Mr M K Narayanan conducting drama writing workshops on 5 consecutive weekends. 15 participants took part in the workshop.

2007

  • Two one-act plays, “Raja Raja Chozhan” and “Poonaikesi 37” was staged.
  • A full-length drama “Suvadugal” was staged at the Victoria Theatre on 21 Oct 2017 where the President of Singapore, Mr S R Nathan was the Guest of Honour. 
  • Mr Baey Yam Keng. MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC was also present for the event where he launched the Singapore Indian Artistes’ Association’s website.

2008

  • A book on the history of Singapore’s Tamil dramas was published.

2009

  • “Raja Raja Chozhan” one-act play was staged in Tanjore and Chennai, India.

2010

  • A variety show comprising of 40 artistes performed in Medan, Indonesia.
  • A book on the history of Singapore Indian Artistes’ Association was published.
  • A variety show entitled “Iniyavai 40” was staged on 21 Sep 2010.

2011

  • An appreciation lunch was organized on 24.07.2011 at the Taste of India Restaurant to honour artistes who won awards at the Pradana Vizha.

2012

  • Organised “Karaoke” Singing contest.

2013

  • Dedication ceremony for Actress Ms Manorama.
  • Dedication ceremony for Music Director Mr Viswanathan.

2015

  • A variety show entitled “Iru Sigarangal” was staged at the MDIS Hall.

2016

  • Participated in Tamil Language Festival.            

2017

  • Dedication ceremony for Mr Manimaran was organised on 26/06/2017.

2018

  • Participated in Tamil Language Festival and presented “Kannan Thoothu”, a dance drama.
  • SIAA Variety show in collaboration with Malaysian and Indian artistes.
  • Organised Deepavali Night on 8 Dec 2018 to raise funds at the MDIS hall.
  • Mr M S Lingam was presented with the ‘Kalaichemmal’ award and the “Kalaikkavalar” awards were given to Mr Jay Isaac, Mr Devadass, Mr Loganathan, Ms Meenatchi Sabapathy & Ms S Valli on the same night.

2019

  • Organised “In Conversation with ESJ Chandran”, a dialogue session with one of the founding members at Indian Heritage Centre on           17 Feb 2019.
  • Organised drama competition “Unarchigal” in conjunction with Tamil Language Festival on 13 Apr 2019 at National Library Board.
  • Visits were organised to meet and greet our senior artistes:
  • Ms Thilaga Mahdavadass   – 10/07/2019
  • Ms Yogambigai                    – 29/07/2019
  • Mr Loganathan                     – 29/08/2019
  • Mr Arur Sabapathy              – 19/11/2019

2020

  • Due to the Covid-19 crisis, “Virtual Stars 2020” was organised via Zoom platform on 30 May 2020.
  • Another virtual presentation was organised on 20 Jun 2020 entitled “Coffee with Sangam” on 20 Jun 2020.