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We’re thrilled to start 2024 with the launch of Living Archive, a series of articles produced by Sarmaya for The Hindu. Starting Jan 2024, this monthly series will be published in the Sunday Magazine of the national newspaper. Each article will explore an idea embedded in Sarmaya’s collection of art and artefacts from the Indian subcontinent. Our writers are taste-makers, conservationists and heritage activists who will bring contemporary perspectives to historical preoccupations, from conquering new land to preserving the indigenous wealth within.

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Map of the Coasts of Malabar, Coromandel and Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), 1733 © Sarmaya Arts Foundation

Our inaugural feature was Inside the coastal Muslim kitchen by writer Sumaiya Mustafa. Inspired by a 17th-century map of the Coromandel coast and Ceylon (present-day Sri Lanka), Sumaiya wrote about how the perpetual churn of trade in this region has left its imprint upon the food traditions of her people and hometown, Kayalpatnam.

Watch out for Living Archive in the print and online edition of The Hindu, every month starting January 2024.