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Abdul Ghani Bin Abdul Hamid

Born
13 April 1933
213 Kg Siglap (Kg Bahru), East Coast Road, Singapore

Education
Early in life attended Madrasah Al-Ihsan Al-Islamiah. Later, a religious class at Masjid Mydin, Jalan Lapang, Kg Kembangan. Attended Sekolah Melayu (Lelaki) Telok Kurau, Joo Chiat Place, till 1946 *.

1947 - 1950 Telok Kurau English School
1951 - 1954 Raffles Institution

1942 - 1945 *Japanese Occupation in Singapore (Malaya).

1944 – 1945 worked as an apprentice in the Elect. Department, Keppel Harbour.
1955 - 1988 worked as a clerical officer with Singapore Municipality which was later known as City Council, then.. Public Utilities Board (1963).

As A Writer
Has written since 1948 hundreds of poems (Malay and English), short stories, essays, working papers, articles on art and history, and plays.

Magazines and Newspapers which have published his works
Hiboran, Hiboran Filem, Kisah, Hiboran Cherita, Seni, Mutiara, Belia, Fashion, Utusan Zaman, Utusan Film & Sports, Mastika, Utusan Pemuda, Juwita, Juwita Filem, Gelanggang, Kisah Bintang dan Filem, Dian Daijes, Dewan Bahasa, Dewan Budaya, Dewan Sastera, Dewan Rakyat (Melaka), Mingguan Malaysia, Pustaka, The Artist (London), The Straits Times (Bilingual Section), The New Nation, Singa, You Shi (translation of his article), Chao Foon (translation of his book review), Berita Harian, Berita Minggu, The Arts (NUS), Bahana (Brunei) etc.

Working papers for
- Kongres Bahasa dan Persuratan Melayu III(l 956), Spore & Johor
- Kongres Kebudayaan Melayu I (1957), Melaka
- Seminar Kebudayaan Melayu (1962), Singapore
- Kongres Bahasa Kebangsaan (1966), Singapore
- Conference on “Echoes of Infinity : Expressions of Islamic Spirituality in Art and Architecture” - paper “The Islamic Art in Singapore” (1997), Shah Alam
- Asia Pacific Literary Conference - paper “Development of an Asian Foundation in the Cosmopolitan Culture of Singapore” (co-presenter: M. Raman Daud) (1997), Kuala Lumpur

Books
1960 SEKILAS PANDANG SENILUKIS DAN PERKEMBANGANNYA
(a book on art)
- Pustaka Melayu, Singapore
1964 JALINAN RASA (a collection of poems)
- Pustaka Melayu
1972 MATA DAN HATI (a collection of poems In Malay & EngIish)
- Perkumpulan Seni
1977 DELIMA MERAH DI JARI MANIS (a novelette)
- Solo Enterprises
1978 BREEZES (a collection of poems in English)
- Solidarity Publishing Company
1985 DESA INI HATIKU (a novelette)
- Perkumpulan Seni
1988 NOTA (a collection of poems)
- ASAS’50
1988 MENGENANG PAK ZUBIR (Zubir Said’ s biography. Co-author Sulaiman Jeem)
- Pustaka Melayu
1990 KEGIATAN KOLEKTIF PELUKIS-PELUKIS MELAYU (a brief account on collective activities among Malay artists)
- APAD
1990 SENI INDAH MASJID DI SINGAPURA (works of decorative art found in Singapore Mosques)
- APAD
1990 YAA’COB MOHAMED (a biography. Co-author Sulaimain Jeem) - Penerbitan Wisma
1991 AN ARTIST’S NOTE
- APAD
1993 PAMERAN (selected essays on exhibitions, 1963- 1992)
- APAD
1994 HARUN, SEORANG PENULIS (a brief biographv of Harun Aminurrashid)
- JK Bulan Bahasa’94
1995 FRAGMEN 40 (anthology of poems)
- Perkumpulan Seni
1995 KESAN CITRA (a collection of 7 essays)
- APAD
1997 TAWAJUH (an anthology of poems)
- Perkumpulan Seni
1997 AKTIVIS MELAYU/ISLAM DI SINGAPURA (Co-Author: Sulaiman Jeem)
- Persatuan Wartawan Melayu

Special Articles
1971 - 1977 Wrote weekly on visual art and literature for Berita Minggu
1989 - 1991 Wrote weekly on regional history (events & personalities) for Berita Harian (Mondays)
1999 Weekly articles on his past experience for Berita Harian (Thursdays)

Poems On The MRT:
1996 His poem “Nilai” (Values) being displayed from 29 Feb to 15 May 1996 - National Arts Council

Plays
1971 PENGEMBARA (a dance drama based on the poem of same title)
1973 WAK CANTUK (based on the novelette by Harun Aminurrashid)
1978 CINCIN BUKAN IKATAN (a pantomime based on the poem of same title)
1980 DESA INI HATIKU (Drama Festival ’80)
1992 SEJAMBAK RAGAM HAYAT (a 25-episode Radio-drama)
1982 BEPBURU DI PADANG DATAR (Drama Festival ’82)
1988 WAK CANTUK (Repeat, 32nd Anniversary of Perkumpulan Seni)
1994 ENRIQUE. ANAK MELAYU (based on “Panglima Awang” by Harun Aminurrashid)

Other Published Works
(poems, short stories, paintings, plays, etc) are also included in other anthologies.
Some of the anthologies:
1956 BINGKISAN ANGKATAN BARU -Pustaka Hang Tuah, Kedah
1961 PUISI BAHARU MELAYU -Dewan Bahasa Dan Pustaka, KL
1963 DUA ZAMAN -Pustaka Antara, KL
1975 PUNCAK SEMBILAN -Pustaka Nasional, S’ pore
1975 EKSPRESI -Pustaka Nasional, S’ pore
1977 SINGAPORE WRITING - Woodrose Publications. S’pore
1981 PUISI-PUISI NUSANTARA - DBP, Kuala Lumpur
1983 GEMA TEMASEK - Majlis Pusat, S’ pore
1985 THE POETRY OF SINGAPORE - The ASEAN Committee on Culture and Information
1987 TIGA WARNA BERTEMU - DBP, Kuala Lumpur
1989 MENGENANG-MU - DBP, Kuala Lumpur
1990 TIGA VISI - Perkumpulan Seni
1990 PUISI BAHARU MELAYU 1961-1986 - DBP, Kuala Lumpur
1990 VOICES OF SINGAPORE - Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, NUS.
1991 FREE VERSE (Performance Poetry - The Substation, S’pore
1992 DINAMIKA BUDAYA - Majlis Pusat. S’pore
1991 SINGAPORE: PLACES POEMS PAINTINGS - Art & Artist Speak, S’ pore
1994 SINGAPORE ARTISTS SPEAK (2) - Art & Artist Speak. S’pore
1995 PRISMA SENI - Perkumpulan Seni
1999 MEMORIES & DESIRES - The Centre of the Arts

Pseudonym: In early period he has been known by pen-names such as Kumbang Mas, Kemala Mumi, Merah Putih, Lazuardi and Analis.

Appreciation / Awards
1. ‘Hadiah Penghargaan’ from JAWATANKUASA HADIAH SASTERA ’79 -’80,
SINGAPURA, for his drama script - DESA INI HATIKU (1981)
2. ‘Consolation Prize’ of MABIMS Islamic Poetry Writing Competition (1997)
3. Anugerah Tun Seri Lanang 1997, Malay Language Council (1998)
4. SEA Write Award, Thailand (1998)
5. Cultural Medallion, Singapore (1999)

AS AN ARTIST
Has participated in numerous art exhibitions since 1950, and held five solo exhibitions (1972 - 1989). Among them:
1950 Youth Festival Art Exhibition, Victoria Memorial Hall
1951 Society of Malay Artists Malaya Art Exhibition
1956 Perkumpulan Seni Art Exhibition/Competition
1961 LTK (Lembaga Tetap Kongres) Art Exhibition
1962 Malaysia Art Exhibition
1964 Solidarity Week Exhibition
1965 Contemporary Art in Asia (an intinerant exhibition - 14 Asian Cities)
1965 A collage-painting specially exhibited at USIS Library
1968 Singapore Festival ’68 Art Exhibition
1969 ART 150
1970 Two-man Art Exhibition (with S B Banafek), Melaka
1970 National Day Art Exhibition
1971 March Art Exhibition
1971 Group ’71 Art Exhibition, Malay Art Gallery
1972 Mata Dan Hati (First One-man Art Exhibition - Paintings with Poems), MAG
1972 Abstract Painting Exhibition
1972 Modern Art Exhibition
1973 RASA ’73, Malay Art Gallery
1973 Exhibition of Modern Sketches, Malay Art Gallery
1974 Second One-man Art Exhibition, Malay Art Gallery
1974 Third One-man Art Exhibition (Paintings and Sketches)
1975 Second T\vo-man Art Exhibition (with S B Banafek), Jakarta
1976 Art Exhibition, Official Opening of the National Museum Art Gallery
1977 First Asian Art Exhibition, Hong Kong
1981 Singapore-Taiwan Contemporary Paintings Exhibition
1985 Fourth One-man Art Exhibition (Official Opening of the National Library Bedok Branch)
1988 Salon des Artistes Francais, Grand Palais, Paris
1988 Tranformasi (Paintings transformed from poems)
1989 Fifth One-man Art Exhibition (BREEZE ’89), National Library Geylang East Branch
1989 Nite of 2 Hearts
1991 Action ‘91
1991 Singapore Art Fair, WTC
1992 Islamic Contemporary Works of Art Exhibition, Holidav Inn Crowne Plaza
1992 Singapore Art Fair, IMM Building
1993 Art In Asia, Singapore Art Fair, WTC
1993 Rasajagat ’93, Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
1994 Pameran Karya Seni, Melaka Menjelang 600 Tahun, Melaka
1995 Malay Artists Singapore, Kuala Lumpur
1996 Singapore Arts Federation 30th Anniversary Art Exhibition
1996 Contemporary 1996, Singapore
1997 FORM Art Exhibition, Museum Barli, Bandung
1997 Pekan Seni lpoh II Art Exhibition, Perak

Private and Public Collections
Permanent Collection, National Museum Art Gallery, Singapore
Permanent Collection, Galeri Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
Mr Anuar Manaf, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Mr Sulaiman Hj. A. Wahab, Brunei Darussalam
Mr Dzulkifli Ramli, Singapore
Mr Dzulkifli Mohd, Singapore
Mr Raja Shah Malik, Kelang, Selangor, Malaysia
Mr Nazir Nasar, Gombak, Selangor, Malaysia
Mr Alwi Abdul Hafiz, Singapore
Mr Tan Swie Hian, Singapore
Messrs Wong Khalis & Partners, Singapore
Majlis Pusat, Singapore
Mr Mohd. Annuar Zaini (Yayasan Perak) Perak, Malaysia
Ms Nur Hanim Khairuddin. Curator, Perak, Malaysia
Dr. Hadijah Rahmat, Singapore
Mr Raja Ahmad Aminullah, Perak, Malaysia

Other Art Works
1954 Cartoons/caricatures for “HIBORAN” (I 954 - 56), a weekly magazine, published by the Royal Press, Singapore
1958 MATA DAN HATI, oil painting, (1957) widely criticised by artists, writers and poets, 1958 - 1961
1968 Commissioned to design Pesta Budaya LTK ’68 stamp
1972 Cartoon strips MAT DALANG published in Berita Minggu (Singapore) (1972 - 1977), and later in other magazines

Other Activities
Since 1952, has been appointed / nominated / invited to serve in many art selection / competition advisory /management committees and to participate in art and literary activities. Among them:
1952 Chairman, Students’ Section, Malay Youth Literary Association
1956 Vice President, PERKUMPULAN SENI. Later, Hon. Auditor
1956 Founded ANGKATAN PELUKIS MUDA (Society of Young Painters) and elected President
1959 Hon. Secretary. PERSATUAN KEBUDAYAAN MELAYU (Society of Malay Culture). Later Vice President. Then, President. Resigned on 25 April 1985
1961 Judge, Works by Local Artists exhibition, Ministry of Culture
1961 Hon. Secretary, Art Section of LEMBAGA TETAP KONGRES
1962 Founded ANGKATAN PELUKIS ANEKA DAYA (Association of Artists of Various Resources), and was elected President (1962 - 1983). Deputy President (1983-1988, 1990-1992)
1962 Member, Selection Committee.. Malaysia Art Exhibition
1962 Judge, UNESCO International Poster Competition (Singapore)
1964 Chairman. Solidarity Art Exhibition
1965 Member, PEACE COMMITTEE
1966 Member. Selection Committee, National Theatre Art Gallery
1967 Member, National Day Art & Photographic Exhibition Sub-Committee
1968 Member, Art and Craft Sub-Committee of Singapore Festival 1968
1969 Member, Jabatan Kebudayaan (Dept. Of Culture). Majlis Pusat
1970 Lecturer, Literary Workshop on Criticism and Essays, Angkatan Sasterawan ‘50
1971 Participant, TV Forum (Malay Programme) on Arts and Leisure
1971 Hon. Secretary, MC of Kg Chai Chee Community Centre. Later, Committee Member (1972 - 1974)
1971 Judge, South East Asia University, College and Secondary School Students’ Creative Art Competition
1975 Judge, DEBATE ’75 (Malay Programme), RTS and MOE
1978 Chairman, Forum on Education and Concept in Life (Malay Programme), Radio and Television Singapore
1980 Judge, On-the-Spot Poster Contest, Youth Group, Kg Kembangan Community Centre
1981 Member Of Jury, HADIAH SASTERA 1979/1980
1981 Chairman, Forum on Values and Position of Malay Culture in Multiracial Society of Singapore Today (in Malay)
1981 Judge, BERBALAS PANTUN competition. SBC
1982 Judge, RISEAP Logo Competition (Singapore)
1982 Judge, BERBALAS PANTUN competition. SBC
1981 Member Of Jury, HADIAH SASTERA 1981/1982
1984 Judge, National Poetry Writing Competition (Malay Section)
1985 Member of the Advisory Panel for Publications. MCI. Re-appointed in 1987, 1989 and 1991, MITA
1986 & 1988 Invited to participate in the WRITERS’ WEEK, Singapore Festival of Arts
1987 Member of the Advisory Committee on Visual Art, MCD. Re-appointed in 1989 and 1991. MITA
1987 Delivered a talk on Works by Sarkasi, S Mohdir and Sujak
1987 President. PERKUMPULAN SENI. 1988, Vice President
1988 Judge, RC Mural Competition, MCD
1988 Editor, PUSTAKA, a magazine published by Pustaka Melayu
1988 Member. Singapore Delegation to the ASEAN SYMPOSIUM ON PAINTING, PHOTOGRAPHY AND CHILDREN’S ART. Jakarta
1988 Speaker, forum on Malay Literature, National Reading Month ‘88
1988 Appointed by Singapore Cultural Foundation, to gather materials
(Singapore & Malaysia) for Zubir Said Song Collection Project
1988 Member. Selection Panel, “Zubir Said - His Songs”, Singapore Cultural Foundation.
1989 Represented Singapore in the PREPARATORY MEETING (FIRST ASEAN SYMPOSIUM ON AESTHETICS, WORKSHOP & EXHIBITION), K.L.
1989 Judge, Pantun Competition, Singapore Heritage Week
1989 Judge, National Mural Competition, MITA
1989 Guest-reciter. VOICES OF SINGAPORE. NUS
1990 Judge, PERTANDINGAN DIKIR BARAT KEBANGSAAN (National Dikir Barat Competition)
1991 Judge. Amanah Saham MENDAKI Logo Competition
1991 Judge, GEMA DIKIR BARAT
1991 Participant, FREE VERSE (Performance Poetry) to read his poem “Sungai Ini Tenggelam” (This River Sinks)
1991 Member, Executive Committee, SINGAPORE ARTS COUNCIL. Later the organisation changed to SINGAPORE ARTS FEDERATION. Re-elected in 1992
1991 Judge, PERTANDINGAN DIKIR BARAT PIALA ZULKIFLI MOHD.
1991 Working Committee, Singapore Art Fair
1991 Member, Selection Committee, Singapore Artist Directory Empress Place Museum
1991 Attended “Pertemuan Sasterawan Nusantara Ke-7”, Singapore
1992 Member (reappointed), Selection Committee. Singapore Artist Directory, Empress Place Museum
1992 Member (reappointed), Working Committee, Singapore Art Fair
1992 Adviser, ANGKATAN PELUKIS ANEKA DAYA
1992 Judge, GEMA DIKIR BARAT
1993 Member, ARTS RESOURCE PANEL, National Arts Council (NAC)
1993 Member, Selection Committee for Singapore’s entries for the 3rd ASEAN TRAVELLING EXHIBITION
1993 Member of Jury, ANUGERAH PERSURATAN (Poetry Section)
1993 President, PERKUMPULAN SENI
1993 Judge, PERTANDINGAN HADRAH KOMPANG NASIONAL 1993
1993 Judge, Children’s Art Competition, Malay Village Pte Ltd
1993 Member, ADVISORY PANEL FOR VISUAL ARTS EXHIBITIONS, Ministry of Information and The Arts (MITA)
1993 Attended “Hari Sastera ’93", Shah Alam, Selangor
1994 Adviser (re-appointed), ANGKATAN PELUKIS ANEKA DAYA
1994 Member (re-appointed), ARTS RESOURCE PANEL, NAC
1994 Attended “Pertemuan Sasterawan Nusantara ke-8”, Brunei
1994 Member, Arts Education Programme for 1995 Working Committee, NAC
1994 Member, Cultural Affairs Committee, MENDAKI. Re-appointed in 1995
1994 Delivered Keynote Address “Translation Needs Attention” at the Launch of “A Dog For Diplomat” by Teater Kami.
1994 Attended PERTEMUAN SASTERAWAN NUSANTARA KE-8, Brunei Darussalam, representing PERKUMPULAN SENI
1995 Attended “An Open Forum on South East-Asian Art History And Regional Aesthetics” representing APAD
1995 Member, ASAS’50 Delegation to “Kongres Bahasa Melayu Sedunia, Kuala Lumpur
1995 Member, ASAS’50 Delegation to “Konvensyen Pelancongan Sejarah IMS-GT”, Desaru, Johor.
1995 Judge, PERTANDINGAN AKHIR MENDEKLAMASIKAN SAJAK 1995, MOE
1995 Member, POEMS ON THE MRT Selection Committee, NAC
1995 Judge, NATIONAL DIKIR BARAT COMPETITION (PERDANA95)
1995 Leader, APAD’s Delegation to “Festival Istiqlal II 1995,” Jakarta
1996 Leader, Perkumpulan Seni’s Delegation to “Simposium Jaringan Melayu Antarabangsa”, Shah Alam
1996 Member, ASAS ’50 Delegation to “Seminar Warisan Persuratan Johor”, Johor
1996 Committee Member, Malay Language Month
1996 Appointed as Panel Member, Melaka Arts Academy
1996 Presented a talk on “Malay Pantun”, Tampines West Community Club
1996 Panel Member, Forum Budaya (Forum on Culture), Telok Blangah Community Club
1996 Attended PERTEMUAN GURU-GURU NUSANTARA KE-8, representing MENDAKI
1997 Judge PESTA PANTUN 1997, Malay Language Society, NUS
1997 Member, Publication Committee, SINGAPORE ART 97
1997 Executive Committee Member (re-elected), SINGAPORE ARTS FEDERATION
1997 Advisor, PERKUMPULAN SENI
1997 Member (re-appointed) Cultural Affairs Committee, Yayasan MENDAKI
1997 Member, ASAS ’50 Delegation to “Seminar Warisan Persuratan Johor II”
1999 Member, Singapore History Museum Board
1999 Member (re-appointed) Cultural Affairs Committee, Yayasan MENDAKI.
2000 Appointed an Arts Advisor (2 year term), NAC.
2000 Appointed an Advisor, Federation of Art Society.
2000 Judge, PESTA PANTUN 2000, Malay Language Society, NUS

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