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From the Coromandel Coast to the Straits: Revisiting Our Tamil Heritage – Indian Heritage Centre

Coordinates Project

From the Coromandel Coast to the Straits: Revisiting Our Tamil Heritage

23 March – 30 June 2020

Singaporeans and Permanent Residents: Free admission

Indian Heritage Centre (IHC)
Level 2, Special Exhibition Gallery
5 Campbell Lane
Singapore 209924
(65) 6291 1601

Tue to Thu, 10am–7pm
Fri and Sat, 10am–8pm
Sun and public holidays, 10am–4pm
Closed on Mon


The exhibition explores ancient trade, religious, political and cultural contacts between the Tamils of the Coromandel Coast and Southeast Asia from the early years of the Common Era. Tracing a two-way flow of culture, this is the Indian Heritage Centre’s fourth special exhibition. The exhibition highlights 19th century Tamils in Singapore: their history, culture and contributions. 

The exhibition also features three contemporary art installations. The installations by Lavanya Mani, Kumari Nahappan and Anurendra Jegadeva respond to the title of the exhibition. Through textiles, paintings and sculpture, the three artists pursue aspects of their own Tamil roots and heritage that they relate to, from the pre-modern era to contemporary times.

About Singapore Biennale 2019 Coordinate Projects
Singapore Biennale 2019 has partnered with seven arts organisations and grounds-up initiatives to present special Biennale editions of their programmes, in line with our title 'Every Step in the Right Direction'.

Images courtesy of Indian Heritage Centre