Who Are The Chetti Melaka?
The Chetti Melaka community is fast becoming scattered and diluted. Their story is elusive and underexplored. It is waiting to be discovered, documented, and committed to memory.
Where are the Chetti Melaka? Who are they? What is their story? Discover the answer to these questions through this introductory film.
Shot in Singapore and Melaka in documentary style, this film presents the journey of Chetti Melaka youths in search of their roots, and unearths lesser known facets of the Chetti Melaka in Singapore.
K Rajagopal and Commissioned by Indian Heritage Centre
Born 1965 in Singapore, K. Rajagopal has worked on stage and in film for over fifteen years. He has collaborated with many notable theatre directors on projects such as Medea, Mother Courage and Private Parts. After an 11-year hiatus, he appeared in the role of King Lear in The King Lear Project at the KunstenFestivaldesArts (Brussels) and the Singapore Arts Festival in 2008. As a filmmaker, Rajagopal has won the Singapore International Film Festival’s Special Jury Prize for 3 consecutive years with I Can’t Sleep Tonight(1995), The Glare (1996) and Absence (1997). His other films are Brother, commissioned by the Singapore Art Festival, The New World and Timeless, both commissioned by the National Museum of Singapore. He also directed a segment of Lucky 7, an exquisite corpse feature film by 7 prominent Singaporean directors, as well as The Flame, which was part of the SG50 anthology, 7 Letters. A Yellow Birdwas his first feature film.