Who: Indian-origin writer J M Sali
What: Won 2015 South East Asian Write Award for Singapore
When: 11 December 2015
Indian-origin Tamil writer Jamaludeen Mohamed Sali on 11 December 2015 was declared as the winner of the prestigious South East Asian Write Award for Singapore.
Sali will receive the award for literary excellence on 14 December 2015 at a ceremony in Bangkok.
Who is J M Sali?
• Born in Madras in 1939, J M Sali was invited to Singapore at the age of 25 to be an assistant editor at the Tamil Murasu newspaper by its founder, the late G Sarangapani.
• Sali worked for local broadcasting station, Singapore Broadcasting Corporation, as a broadcast journalist.
• He produced books on famous people including martial art icon Bruce Lee and legendary boxer Muhammad Ali.
• He retired in 2000 from journalism to do full-time writing and translation work.
• His famous short stories and novels are Vellai Kodugal (White Lines)and Alaigal Pesuginrana (The Sound of the Waves). They are now studied by Tamil literature students in Singaporean and Indian universities.
About Southeast Asian Write Awards
• Since 1979, the Southeast Asian Write Awards (S.E.A. Write Awards) is presented annually to poets and writers of Southeast Asia.
• The awards are given to the writers from each of the countries that comprise the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, though not all countries in ASEAN are represented every year.
• The award is sometimes given for a specific work by an author, or it could be awarded for lifetime achievement.
• The types of works that are honoured vary, and have included poetry, short stories, novels, plays, folklore, and scholarly and religious works.