The IHC Collection

The IHC collection aims to feature the origins, growth and contributions of the Indian community in Singapore from the 19th century to the present. It seeks to situate the historical and cultural interactions between Southeast Asia and South Asia, and to highlight Singapore’s links with the global Indian diaspora and the Indian subcontinent. The collection ranges from the classical—establishing the long history of Indian presence in the region—to the modern, voicing experiences of settlement and war to create a dialogue between the past and present. It includes objects representative of the cultural heritage of the Indian and South Asian communities, and the IHC has commissioned contemporary artworks by Indian artists from Singapore and the region. Other additions include archival photographs and documents which are important allegorical symbols of events and experiences pertinent to the Singapore Indian story.


Collection Highlights 


Head of Buddha
Central Java, Indonesia, 
late 8th–early 9th century CE, Shailendra period
Andesite stone, 33 × 22cmCollection of Indian Heritage Centre

Chariot Finial with Garuda
12th century CE, Angkor Wat period
Copper alloy, 36 × 1 4.5 × 1 2.1cm
Collection of Indian Heritage Centre

Madonna with gold earrings
Lisbon, Portugal/Goa, India, 
17th century
Gilded Ivory, height 40cm
Collection of the Indian Heritage Centre

Decorative Paandan (Betel-leaf box) 
by Oomersi Mawji
Bhuj, Gujarat, India, late 19th century
Silver, height 1 4.8, diameter 16.5cm 
Collection of Indian Heritage Centre 

Portrait of Gnanapragasam Pillai 
Singapore, early 20th century
Gift of the family of Gnanapragasam Pillai,
Collection of Indian Heritage Centre

Talapa Chetti Melaka (Headgear) 
Melaka, Malaysia, late 20th century
Cotton, 7.6 × 24.1cm
Gift of Mr G Tega Rajah 
Collection of the Indian Heritage Centre 

Rakodi (Hair Ornament)
South India, 19th–20th century,
Gold with precious stones, 7 × 8.5cm
Gift of Dr R Gangatharan Davar in memory of 
his mother, Mrs Lakshmi Rengasamy Davar
Collection of Indian Heritage Centre


Singapore, 20th century
Wood, peacock feathers and cotton, 100 × 1 10 × 80cm
Gift of Sri Thendayuthapani Temple Singapore. 
Collection of Indian Heritage Centre


Proclamation of the Provisional Government of Azad Hind
Singapore, 1943
Paper, 37.3 × 27.9cm
Gift of Mr S R Nathan
Collection of Indian Heritage Centre

G Sarangapany with his wife and children
Singapore, mid-20th century
Paper, 20.2 × 15.1cm
Gift of Ms Rajam Sarangapany
Collection of Indian Heritage Centre

Plaque presented by Singapore Council
of Women’s Organisations to Shirin Fozdar
in recognition of her valuable contribution to women’s cause

Singapore, 1988
Pewter, diameter 17.5cm
Gift of Mr Jamshed K Fozdar and Mrs Parvati Fozdar. 
Collection of Indian Heritage Centre

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