Sarmaya Spotlight is a magazine-style digital property that explores various themes in the universe of Indian history, art and culture through objects in our collection. Each issue of Spotlight includes interviews, articles, videos, 101 guides, virtual tours and social media campaigns. Browse our archive of over 30 Spotlights below.

February 2019

Love Stories

It’s almost spring and a young museum’s fancy turns lightly to thoughts of love. No matter how you feel about Valentine’s Day, we think you’ll like how we’ve interpreted the themes of love and lust through the lens of modern art, mythology and early photography, among others. We don’t really need an excuse to share… Read more »

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January 2019

Inside the Issanama

In December 2018, the curtains went up on a very special show that lies at the intersection of art and history, and offers lush evidence of the plurality and syncretism inherent in Indian culture. Issanama or the Christ Commission is a unique collaboration between an artist steeped in ancient art practices and a patron alive… Read more »

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December 2018

The Chettinad Affair

In the second edition of Sarmaya’s Art of Travel, we assembled once more as a band of travellers ready for our next adventure, amid the 75-odd villages that form the region of Chettinad in Tamil Nadu. Join us as we revisit this journey and recapture the memories of a lifetime.

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November 2018

Realm of the Royals

What stands out in a study of India’s royalty is not all the fabulous wealth, extravagant lifestyles or legendary eccentricities. It’s the humanity. The delusions of grandeur, the hunger for validation, the aching paranoia. But also, the passion for poetry. The great love for animals. The steadfast loyalties. They were by no means perfect, our… Read more »

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October 2018

Storytelling in India

Myths are born and heroes are made through the art of storytelling. When a bard travels from village to village narrating tales of a local event or a minor god, they’re scattering the seeds that will one day grow into a towering forest of legends. Generations will take shade and find inspiration here. This month,… Read more »

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September 2018

Delhi Diaries

Over centuries, Delhi has come to mean different things to different people. It has drawn saints and scholars, conquerors and traders, refugees and royals to its fertile lands with the promise of shelter, warmth and a place to dream. These dreams were not modest, either. The saints sought spiritual absolution and the conquerors, world domination.… Read more »

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August 2018

India & Independence

As Independent India turns 71, we look back at the movements that won us our freedom, the struggles that have held us back and the symbols that give us strength. We journey with Delhi as it steps from the medieval world to the modern; we see India through the eyes of historical map-makers; and we… Read more »

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July 2018

Epic Journeys

What do you seek from travel? Adventure? A sense of purpose? Or simply a change of scene? For centuries, travellers have landed up in the subcontinent looking for all of the above—with a generous sprinkling of spice. They took back indelible impressions that would inspire travelogues, paintings, photography and even some incredible maps. The voyages… Read more »

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June 2018

Dream catcher

Wise, compassionate and endlessly inventive, Badri Narayan added a pinch of fantasy to every story he told. His art occupies a special place in the Sarmaya collection, not just for their incredible skill and craft, but also for their essentially hopeful perspective on life. His world of dreams and fables offered not the empty promise of escapism, but the deeper comfort of transcendence.

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May 2018

Tiger of Mysore

As you study the vault marked ‘Tipu Sultan’ in the Sarmaya archives, a picture begins to emerge. Of a man who sought beauty and harmony in everything he created, from coins to palaces. Of a warrior so fierce, even his enemies admired him. Of a ruler so charismatic and flawed, even history hesitates to pass judgement.

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