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 »

Portrait of a Nation, A Nation in Portraits

Click here to take a virtual tour of our first exhibition Portraits are everywhere. We think we know what they are for and what they do—they depict what people look like and they capture or distil their particular identity. But with our first-ever exhibition, ‘Portrait of a Nation, A Nation in Portraits: 19th century Photography… Read more »

Online Photography Contest

‘Capturing your cityscape’ allowed photographers across India a chance to reimagine a historical image through a contemporary lens. We were thrilled to see how monuments as varied as the Asafi Masjid in Lucknow and the Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram were interpreted today.

Heritage Walks

Our exhibition was hosted at a gallery located in one of the city’s most charming historical districts. To explore this neighbourhood and situate the show in a more local context, we teamed up with professional heritage-walkers and Bombay-lovers, Simin Patel of Bombaywalla, conservation architect Kruti Garg and Alisha Sadikot and Nishita Zachariah.

Talks and Panels

We partnered with Avid Learning to debate the true meaning of archives today; got veteran collectors and antiquarians Paul Abraham, Aditya Arya and Roland Belgrave to share stories of the chase with us; and organized a very special panel for children with our young photographers from Dharavi.