The Tamil language is one of the oldest classical languages in existence that is still spoken daily by millions around the world as their mother tongue, including in Singapore. Tamil was brought here by travellers from India’s Coromandel Coast, and this year marks two centuries since the Tamil community first settled here. However, not many know that the first Tamil connections with Singapore began in a much earlier time.
Held in the year commemorating the Singapore Bicentennial, the first part of the exhibition From the Coromandel Coast to the Straits: Revisiting our Tamil Heritage tells the stories of the journeys and connections between the Tamils of the Coromandel Coast and Southeast Asia from as early as the 11th to 13th centuries. The second part highlights the history of the Tamil community in Singapore, tracing 200 years of their presence, history, culture, and contributions here.
Venue: Indian Heritage Centre, 5 Campbell Lane, Singapore 209924
Hours: Tue to Thu, 10am–7pm
Fri and Sat, 10am–8pm
Sun and public holidays, 10am–4pm
Closed on Mon
When: 23 Nov 2019 - 30 Sep 2020,