Exhibitions

Sarmaya X Ojas Art present ‘Echoes of the Land’

Exhibition brochure | Featured artists | Program guide Sarmaya and Ojas Art are thrilled to announce Echoes of the Land – Art bears witness to a changing planet, opening Thursday, 3rd November 2022 at Ojas Art in Mehrauli, Delhi. The two-week exhibition will showcase the works of 20 artists from the Sarmaya collection, who bear witness… Read more »

Memories of the Water Bearer

To a weary traveller or parched soldier in 19th-century India, there was perhaps no sight as welcome as the approach of a bhishti. A quick untwisting of the mouth of the mashaq slung over his shoulder, and cool clear water would splash into a grateful cupped palm.

Postcards from Madras

Postcards began at the end of the 19th century as a new kind of crossover between photography and the popular print market. In a collaboration with Picture Postcard Empire, we bring you a virtual exhibition of intriguing postcards from the city of Madras

reimagine II

Inside the studios and minds of seven contemporary artists who have interpreted and re-imagined objects from our collection to tell us stories in their unique styles

Forgotten City of Joy

In a collaboration between Sarmaya and India Lost & Found, we admire the fading beauty of Mandu, home to the delicate Malwa style of architecture

reimagine I

‘reimagine’ is an ongoing Instagram-exclusive series through which we make connections across the Sarmaya collection and examine the extent to which our ways of seeing — and an object’s own meaning — are informed by time, space, and context

Portraits of a Pandemic

We asked photographers and artists how they interpreted the seasons of 2020 through their work to paint a portrait of an extraordinary year

On The Road in Madhubani

Photographer and author Chirodeep Chaudhuri curates a virtual exhibition of photographs taken during Sarmaya’s trip to Madhubani

Crossing Borders with Mithila

In this digital collaboration with the Mithila Museum in Japan, Sarmaya presents a breathtaking selection of works by the first-generation of Mithila artists to stun the global art world

Gaur: Glory, Ruin, Rediscovery

Once a seat of great power, the ancient city of Gaur lies in ruin, its hollowed-out walls holding stories, secrets and echoes of eminence

A Story of India in 12 Silver Coins

A rebellious empress, a great ruler of the south, a British queen taking the reins of a colony in revolt. Travel through time and discover Indian history through twelve exceptional silver coins

Delhi Most Iconic

Historian, scholar and author Rana Safvi curates a virtual exhibition on her favourite subject: Dilli

Dancing Queens

When Sarmaya got the chance to host an event with two of the most celebrated figures in Indian dance, we knew we had to push the envelope. We partnered with the dance company beej to bring Mallika Sarabhai and Anita Ratnam to Mumbai and engage them in a conversation about the transformative power of dance.… Read more »

Body & soul

Nudes reveal more about the artist than their naked subjects—at least, it’s fun to pretend this. Consider FN Souza’s  The Traders. Four figures stand in a line, touching each other intimately. The sexual organs are well-defined, the faces are mangled beyond recognition. Was Souza feeling cynical when he painted this? Did he see sex as… Read more »

Tholu Bommalaata puppets at Good Earth, Mumbai

Dates: 21st September, 2017 to 18th February,2018 Venue: The Tasting Room, Good Earth, Raghuvanshi Mills, Mumbai One of the earliest known ways of storytelling on the subcontinent, Tholu Bommalata or shadow puppet theatre is a traditional craft, passed down from father to son in the Rayalseema region of current-day Andhra Pradesh. Players manipulate the puppets… Read more »