Once Upon a Time in Little India tells the story of Singapore’s Little India through historical and contemporary lenses, and draws parallels with diasporic settlements across the globe. Overseas Indian communities often reproduce practices, values, language, dress, food, religion etc as manifestations of their root heritage and cultures. This phenomenon is often accompanied by the creation of hubs of activity akin to the idea of a “Little India”.
The exhibition will showcase over 100 new artefacts from community donors and lenders, as well as from our National Collection. They depict the lively scenes and fascinating stories of the bustling roads and lanes that define one of Singapore’s most historical enclaves.
Alongside these artefacts, the exhibition will also feature three specially commissioned works by renowned Singapore and international contemporary artists, namely Singaporean film-maker K. Rajagopal, visual artist Kumari Nahappan, and Thai-Indian artist Navin Rawanchaikul. Such collaborations offer visitors different perspectives from the global Indian diaspora, linking Little India to other enclaves of migrant Indians around the world.
Curator Tours: 5 November 2016 | 14 January 2017 | 15 April 2017 | 15 July 2017
3pm, $25 per person
Venue: Indian Heritage Centre
When: 22 Oct 2016 - 21 Jul 2017,