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Hardcover, 556 pages


Ms Nalina Gopal, Indian Heritage Center, professor A Mani, Ritsumelikan Asia Pacific University, Japan, Associate Professor Rajesh Rai, National University of Singapore, Mr S Iswaran, Minister for Trade and Industry, Singapore, Ambassador Gopinath Pillai during the launch of the book

Singapore Indian Heritage is the Indian Heritage Centre’s (IHC) first publication since the centre’s opening in 2015. It comprises essays by respected scholars and IHC’s curators on different aspects of Indian heritage, as told through the centre’s permanent galleries. It also features the centre’s collection of over 300 artefacts, photographs and documents. Edited by Professors Rajesh Rai and A Mani, the publication is an important addition to the compilation of writings on Singapore’s Indian community, and in particular on the community’s cultural heritage. With a foreword by Ambassador Gopinath Pillai, the book stands at a total of 556 pages.

Singapore Indian Heritage traces the extensive journey of Singapore’s Indian community from pre-colonial to post-independence, and illustrates their diverse contributions to Nation-building. These stories are beautifully complemented by stunning pictures and catalog entries of more than 300 artefacts from the centre’s collection.

Singapore Indian Heritage is a meaningful souvenir for visitors to the IHC who are interested in gaining a more in-depth understanding of the narrative of our permanent galleries, and the centre’s collection of artefacts. It also serves as a good source of research and information for history and arts students, researchers and academics, or anyone else keen to find out more about the multi-faceted story of the Indians in Singapore.


 Rajesh Rai, Associate Professor and Deputy Head of South Asian Studies Programme at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore

 A Mani, Professor in the College of Asia Pacific Studies at the Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan

 Nalina Gopal, Curator at the Indian Heritage Centre

 John Miksic, Professor in the Southeast Asian Studies Department, National University of Singapore

 Gauri Krishnan, former Centre Director at the Indian Heritage Centre and Director of Research and Fellowships at National Heritage Board’s Culture Academy

 Malvika Agarwal, Assistant Curator at the Indian Heritage Centre

 Vineeta Sinha, Head of South Asian Studies Programme and the Department of Sociology at the National University of Singapore.

 R Renugaa, Researcher at the Indian Heritage Centre

 Loshini Prabhai, Curatorial Officer at the Indian Heritage Centre


Singapore Indian Heritage retails for $53.50 at MUSEUM LABEL shops at the Indian Heritage Centre, Asian Civilisations Museum, National Museum of Singapore and Malay Heritage Centre.

IHC Resource Library

To further its standing as a leading and respected heritage institution for research and museum excellence, IHC also houses the IHC Resource Library, which stores an unique collection of rare publications, archival documents, photographs, festival videos showcasing the community’s rich intangible cultural heritage, as well as oral history interviews of veterans and pioneers from Singapore’s Indian community. The IHC Resource Library is open to the public every Friday afternoon from 2.00pm to 6.00pm, and entry is by appointment . Books are available for borrowing, while some materials are available for in-room referencing.

Source: Indian Heritage Center

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