Convocation 2019

McNally Award for Excellence in the Arts

Chuan sculpture

Photo: Miniature edition of the original “Chuan” sculpture created by LASALLE’s late Founder, Brother Joseph McNally.

Named after LASALLE’s founder, Brother Joseph McNally, the McNally Award for Excellence in the Arts is awarded to LASALLE’s most outstanding student of each year’s graduating cohort. It recognises an artist's role in society, academic excellence and significant contribution to the professional and social communities. The recipient of this award demonstrates significant promise as an emerging practitioner in his or her respective creative field.

2020 Winner

Ilina Hattangady

Ilina Hattangady

BA(Hons) Music

Ilina Hattangady, who performs professionally as Ilina Hats, graduated with First Class Honours from LASALLE’s BA(Hons) Music programme, where she majored in Pop Performance (Voice).

A singer-songwriter with a versatile repertoire, her work includes collaborations with theatre productions, ensembles and the opening song for season 1 and season 2 of the Amazon Prime series 'Four More Shots Please'. Ilina was featured in music publications including Rolling Stone, The Guide and Midday India and has worked with some of India's most outstanding producers including Vishal-Shekhar, Ajay-Atul and Clinton Cerejo. She also opened for international artists such as Grammy Award winning reggae artist Shaggy and Hillsong United. Comfortable across multiple genres, such as pop, R&B, soul, hip-hop and rap, Ilina hopes to release an album in 2021 authentic to her creative voice. The first single from her upcoming album, 'Scared To Be Honest' with singer-songwriter and alumna Elsa Mickayla, was released on Spotify in November 2020.