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The Chetti Melaka of Singapore by The Peranakan Indian Association of Singapore



The Chetti Melakans are descendants of South Indians who sailed across the Indian Ocean to trade with Melaka during the Melaka Sultanate (1402 – 1511) marrying the indigenous Malay, Javanese and Batak women during their sojourn. The word Chetti means Merchants.

This talk by Mr Ponno Kalastree, President of the Peranakan Indian Association of Singapore, offers a glimpse into this almost unknown but distinct community in Singapore and Malaysia who is often overshadowed by the larger, more widespread and more influential Peranakan Chinese, shining light into their history, customs, religion and culture.

The session will be moderated by David Bok and Gerald Pillay.

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