Ms Vithya Subramaniam

 

Committee Member (Culture)

Email: vithya@ysas.org

Email: vithya.subramaniam@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ms Vithya Subramaniam, a historian and anthropologist in training, is interested in questions of memory and space. Her primary research has focused on mnemonic spaces across Indian Punjab and the use of cartography in the work of memory. Extending from these, she also works on presenting the stories, spaces and places of Sikhs in Singapore.

 

Vithya is the co-founder of Sikh Heritage Trail, a mobile application featuring sites significant to the story of Singapore’s Sikh community. She is also the playwright and assistant director behind Sikhs of Serangoon. This August 2016 production centred on lesser known figures from the history of 1930s Little India, including Sikh milkmen and cattle dealers. As its curator, Vithya is currently collecting memories for the upcoming Sikh Heritage Centre. With these projects, Vithya is eager to encourage more questions and questioners.

 

Her own questions around Sikh communities, memories and spaces were first inspired in December 2009 on her first Khwaish expedition. Vithya was stunned on the parikrama of the Golden Temple, first by the cold marble on a winter’s morning then by the gravitas of the sights and stories around her. This inspired her first research paper on memory in the Golden Temple, written the very next semester. She has not stopped with those questions since. Vithya is grateful that YSA and its Khwaish projects made that originary moment possible. She eagerly looks forward to working through YSA in creating more such opportunities to think.

 

Vithya holds a Master’s degree in South Asian Studies from Columbia University, New York. She is also a graduate from the National University of Singapore (NUS) with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in South Asian Studies and a second major in Political Science. She currently seeks to inspire her students to ask better questions as a teaching assistant with the South Asian Studies Programme at NUS.

 

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