The series Imaging Selfs is a long-term ongoing project by photographer Soraya Yusof Talismail whereas Soraya’s objective is to document 80 key Malaysian figures in the arts. The series Imaging Self portrays the icons in a black & white setting using silver gelatin prints, creating an emotive and personalized documentation of subject in the interplay of light and shadow, featuring local icons and personas. This particular work is a portrait of Dato’ Sri Hajah Siti Nurhaliza Tarudin
Dato’ Sri Hajah Siti Nurhaliza Tarudin SSAP[Sri Sultan Ahmad Shah Pahang], DIMP[Peringkat Kedua Darjah Indera Mahkota Pahang], JSM[Johan Setia Mahkota Malaysia], SAP[Setia Ahmad Shah Pahang], PMP [Darjah Datuk Paduka Mahkota Perak], AAP [Ahli Ahmad Shah Pahang] was born on 11th January 1979 in Kampung Awah Temerloh. She came from a musically inclined family as her grandfather was a famous violinist, while her mother used to be a local traditional singer. She was only 16 in 1995 when she won a local singing competition called Bintang HMI. She soon after made a debut in the same year with a single called Jerat Percintaan.
This song granted her three award; Best Performance, Best Ballad and The 11TH Anugerah Juara Lagu in 1997.
Throughout her career, Dato’ Sri Siti Nurhaliza proceeded to receive both national and international award which are as followed:
42 Anugerah Industri Muzik
25 Anugerah Bintang Popular
28 Anugerah Planet Muzik
21 Anugerah Juara Lagu
4 MTV Asia Award
3 World Music Award
2 Anugerah Musik Indonesia
2 Records in Malaysia Book of Records
Gold Award in Asia New Singer Competition
[Shanghai Asia Music Festival 1999]
2 Awards South Pacific International Song and Singing Competition 1999
Grand Prix Champion in Voice of Asia 2002
Public Choice Award Adelaide Festival Center’s Walk of Fame 2019
Known for being one of the most bestselling artist’S in Malaysia according to The News Straits Time in 2001 [article titled RIM Takes on Pirate 21 August 2000]
Furthermore, her many more groundbreaking achievement is as listed:
1. Performance during the closing ceremony of 1998 Commonwealth games in front of Queen Elizabeth II, her consort Prince Phillip,
2. The first South East Asian singer and third Asian performed in Royal Albert Hall, London accompanied by London Symphony
3. Nominated as World’s 500 Most Influential Muslim from the year 2015 to 2022.
4. Known as “Voice of Asia” and “Asia’s Celine Dion”
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