Paul Abraham

Collecting art & artefacts

Sarmaya Founder Paul Abraham and Brand Custodian Pavitra Rajaram acquire objects to continually enrich our museum’s collection. In this Guide, they share some great advice with young collectors on how to engage meaningfully with the art and culture of India

Remembering PT Abraham, who planted the seed for Sarmaya

This is a short film in tribute to the memory of PT Abraham, our founder Paul’s father and the inspiration behind Sarmaya. Years ago, he gifted his son a bottle of 10 coins from the erstwhile south Indian kingdom of Travancore. This started Paul off on a journey of studying history and collecting precious relics… Read more »


  A special edition of Saturdays at Sarmaya with INTACH Mumbai saw founder Paul Abraham take our guests on a short journey through our collection on 6 October, 2018. Highlights of the walkthrough included: iconic 19th-century photographs by Felice Beato and Samuel Bourne, a sprawling Phad painting from Bhilwara, vibrant Gond art from Patangarh, two stunning Mata-Ni-Pachedi canvases from Ahmedabad and luminous Tholu Bommalaata puppets from Dharmavaram.… Read more »

The Man Behind Sarmaya

Meet Paul Abraham, the collector who turned a childhood hobby into a lifelong quest for beauty and wonder. For the story of Sarmaya is the story of one man following his curiosity through the history and art landscapes of India.