The Krishen Jit ASTRO Fund was created by ASTRO and Five Arts Centre to encourage and support experimental creative work in Malaysia. One of the main objectives of Krishen’s pioneering work was to celebrate original Malaysian art, across a range of disciplines, and in pursuit of innovative modes of expression and intervention.
His groundbreaking theatre practice straddled and brought together a wide range of contrasting spheres, producing projects that were critically exacting through inter-disciplinary, multicultural, multilingual and experimental approaches to making and thinking theatre.
Navigating between theory and practice, tradition and pop culture, the mainstream and the marginal, Hollywood and the Sports Channel, gourmet food and home-cooking, Krishen’s work articulated a Malaysian identity that was ever evolving, and he encouraged practitioners and audiences to reflect on their particular and situated lives and societies in their art-making.
This is the spirit of the Krishen Jit ASTRO Fund.
Once again, in 2017, the fund will give out grants ranging from RM1,000 to RM20,000 for:
• Experimental productions
• Research and documentation
• Creating new work in music, dance, theatre, writing, film, visual/performance art
The Krishen Jit ASTRO Fund will try to be inclusive, but work sited in Malaysia will be given preference. All arts practitioners in Malaysia are eligible to apply. The fund will be managed by Five Arts Centre and ASTRO.
Note - Grantees of the Krishen Jit ASTRO Fund are not eligible to apply for the grant for the next two consecutive years from receiving the grant.