Penang and the Indian Ocean

Portraits of Penang: Little India Exhibition (May 2011)
12th May to May 31, 2011

Dr Ooi Cheng Ghee, Associate of the Royal Photographic Society, U.K., will be exhibiting a selection from his collection of photographs about Little India taken in 1979. The Portraits of Penang: Little India exhibition features an important period in the history of Penang’s trading society, particularly the Indian traders at the end of the free port days. These portraits show a resilient community fighting against rapid economic change as the loss of Penang’s free port status ended a way of life two centuries in the making. Think City is a funder for the Portraits of Penang: Little India book project whilst the Little India community will be the host for the exhibition. The exhibition will have two components, one in the streets of Little India leading up to an exhibition in First Floor of the Whiteaways & Laidlaw Building at Beach Street.


Celebrating Tagore in Penang (May 2011)

Dr Rabrindranath Tagore, Asia’s first nobel laureate, visited Penang in 1927 and was received at the Butterworth train station by notable Penang personalities including the late Mr Khoo Sian Ewe, at the time a Legislative Council member. Tagore gave speeches at the Hu Yew Seah, a Straits Chinese educational institution, and Chung Ling High School. He was recorded in the Straits Echo to have had a rousing welcome from Penang’s Asian and Western communities. He also gave a lecture about his philosophy of internationalism at the Empire Theatre (in Magazine Road) and laid the foundation stone of the Hu Yew Seah building in Madras Lane. This project aims to re-create some aspects of Tagore’s visit particularly his ideas about universal values, cultural identity and the importance of education.


Penang & the Indian Ocean: An International conference (September 2011)

An institutional initiative to provide an integrated framework to harness the development potential of three core areas: academic, heritage and culture, and business towards transforming Penang into THE secondary city in the region – the choice for the location of a variety of enterprises, attractive to a wide range of groups.