A display was opened in Hong Kong Heritage Museum on Friday which showed 60 items from late Hong Kong pop singer Roman Tam's memorabilia collection.
The museum's Roman Tam collection, donated by Tam's sisters, features costumes, materials pertaining to his stage performances, awards, news clippings, photo albums, posters and many other mementos from his life.
The collection reflects Roman's achievements in the local pop music industry. But it also shows his persistence, both in the choice of profession and in the pursuit of arts, which is a testimony to his career as a singer, a performer and an artiste.
Roman Tam was well known for wearing eye-catching, trend- setting fashions on stage. He also placed a great deal of emphasis on matching his clothes to his performances. He liked to reveal pioneering new styles in his shows by using different types of props.
Using his own funds, Roman produced two classic Chinese stories for the stage, Tale of White Snake in 1982 and A Letter from Liuyi in 1984. He enjoyed a high reputation in the music industry and received countless awards during his lifetime, before he passed away in 2002.
Hong Kong Director of Leisure and Cultural Services Thomas Chow said the collection of more than 3,000 items is the museum's first complete collection focusing on a local pop music artiste. It plays a significant meaningful role in the preservation of local popular culture.
The display will last until April 21, 2008.
(Xinhua News Agency October 20, 2007)