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Malaysia honors Madenjit Singh for outstanding contribution to teaching sector

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

On May 16 (Teachers Day), the Government of Malayasia paid tribute to Malaysia-based Indian teacher, Madenjit Singh, for his excellent contribution in the teaching sector, after he was  short-listed for the US $1 million Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize.

Born in a poor Malaysian family, Singh had to leave the school at the tender age of 12. The pain of poverty ignited a passion within him to work for poor children. In 2000, he built his own NGO where he started giving free education to poor children.

The school runs on the motto of “Men and women are equal. Stop gender discrimination.” Based on these lines, the male students have to bring one female student to take admission in the school.

Singh teaches in his own NGO, ‘Grassroots Development Institute-Science of Life Studies’ (GDI-SOLS). The NGO offers a free and comprehensive two-year training programme, providing life skills for disadvantaged youths. It now runs 185 schools in remote villages of Malaysia, Cambodia, Timor Leste, Laos and India.

The NGO has won several awards and has been invited to expand its social work to other countries as well.

Previously, Madenjit has been honored by Berjaya Corporation Founder, Tan Dato’ Seri Vincent Tan, and the Better Malaysia Foundation as the Personality of The Year 2012. Singh has also been adjudged among “Top Ten of Malaysia” for “Making A Difference.”

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Creativity, Not In Business For Indian Fashion

As his fraternity scales up brands and diversifies its product ranges, designer Rocky S sits pretty – he broke that ground years ago

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Santa Fe Indian Market Fashion show 2014. Wikimedia Commons

As his fraternity scales up brands and diversifies its product ranges, designer Rocky S sits pretty – he broke that ground years ago. The designer insists that creativity is always serious business.

“I diversified my product range and brand almost five years ago. The Rocky S brand has a high street label called ‘RS’ and I tied up with Shoppers Stop for retail in its over 60 stores across the country. Everything is under Rs 2,000. I also have a perfume line, a furniture line and I have also launched my own resto-bar,” said the designer.

Asked whether he is also looking to scale up the Rocky S brand, he said, “I’m always looking at the possibility for new things, one of which is to establish my brand internationally. But for that I need to build the brand to the level, where I can engage with an investor, a partner who knows the international space and can spearhead the collaboration, leaving me to do the creative work. I do believe there is a right time and a place for everything, and when my time for an international collaboration comes, I will make the best of it.”

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A model wears a Naga costume designed by Thunyatorn Ng at New York Fashion Week 2018. (VOA)

At the moment, the designer, who has dressed the likes of Beyoncé, Paris Hilton and the Pussycat Dolls, is gearing up for his seventh showcase at the prestigious London Fashion Week. And his collection is inspired from a royal Bougainvillea garden with summery colours such as fuschia, hot pink, dusky orange and a hint of the dark side with hues like black, grey and ivory. “The style is easy with loose trousers, anti-fit shirt, flirty dresses,” he said.

Rocky S reveals that his decision to focus on the London Fashion Week was driven by the need to focus on the business of fashion, without getting bogged down with the business of celebrity influencers and paid partnerships.

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“I realised long back that creativity is not at the forefront of fashion in India. Much of fashion week today is about influencers and celebrity collaborations. Actors dictate fashion, the media loves to add and promote the frenzy. That’s one of the reasons why I prefer the London platform, it looks at trends for the upcoming season, setting the tone and the tempo. It’s not following trends or only about who is wearing you clothes,” explained the designer.

So while influencers and paid partnerships might be the big game right now, the designer insists that creativity is always serious business. (IANS)