This exhibition introduces several Indian communities living in Singapore. Obviously, the generic term 'Indian' does not fully reflect either the political realities or the self identities of the communities in present day Singapore. However, it is very much a convention in Singapore to apply the term broadly to all immigrant communities from the Subcontinent. With this spirit in mind, the exhibition accommodates the historical past as well as the present and the term 'Indian' becomes all the more appropriate.
Language is used as an organizing principle to group the communities along linguistic lines. Accordingly, several Indian scripts will be introduced. A selection of images showing some typical customs and practices of the communities will also be on view. The rich archival images from the National Museum's collections, on view, will further situate these living communities appropriately in the historical context.