The Nagore Dargah Indian Muslim Heritage Centre showcases the disparate memories and stories of the Indian Muslim community in Singapore. Housed within the former memorial to the Saint of Nagore, Shahul Hamid, the building is modeled after the principal shrine in Nagore, Tamil Nadu, India. Albeit a National Monument, over the years it had fallen into disrepair and closed. It was eventually renovated by the Indian Muslim community in 2009.
The adaptive re-use of the Nagore Dargah Shrine into an Indian-Muslim heritage gallery is of historical and religious significance to Singapore's Indian-Muslim community. It also represents the next chapter in Singapore’s exciting architectural legacy - a national monument building receives new life by opening itself to the public, to stay relevant to the contemporary generation and the ongoing nation story.
From inception to operation, the FORTH team crafted the initial feasibility studies, focus group surveys, community interviews, organised the public appeal for artifacts and stories, academic research, curatorial development, scripting, artifact conservation and collection management, and design and gallery construction.
Client Nagore Dargah Management Committee in collaboration with MUIS and Banquet
Nagore Dargah Indian Muslim Heritage Centre
Duration 8 months
Completed May 2011
Project Leaders - Lim Chen Sian and Cheah Fang Leah
Artifact Conservation - Lawrence Chin and Claire Lim
Copy Editing - Naseer Ghani, Raj Mohammad, Dorothy Cheong
Interior & Joinery Design - Cheah Fang Leah, Lim Chen Sian, Junae Jenkinson
Historical Researcher - Torsten Tschacher
Graphic Design - Cheah Fang Leah, Lim Chen Sian
Illustration - Aaron Kao
Photography - Ung Ruey Loon and Team, Cheah Fang Leah
Project/Research Assistants - Felicia Ang, Divya Jagtiani, Christabel Khoo, Lim Tse Siang, Eunice Sim, and Tan Rui Qing.
Contractor & Fabrication - Kingsmen International