As its title suggests, this illuminating show offers a new angle on an underrepresented India.
Marking the 70th anniversary of India’s independence from Britain, Another India looks at the story of the country’s Indigenous and Adivasi people using a rich collection of artefacts. Never-before-seen objects from the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology’s collection are bolstered by several recently acquired works, obtained by curator Mark Elliott using his New Collecting Award, including a number of newly commissioned pieces by contemporary Adivasi sculptors.
In total, hundreds of works communicate the history of more than 100 million people ‘who are marginalised by majority populations and the state,’ says Elliott. ‘It’s an exhibition about identity, diversity and belonging; and the role that objects play in creating a sense of who we are.’
The display also examines the provenance of these objects and how they originally came to be in Cambridge: some through colonialism, some acquired fairly and others not. As well as the ten intricately crafted new sculptures, visitors can expect to see a snake-charmer’s flute and a coin necklace – just a couple of the pieces shortlisted from the MAA’s 10,000-item strong collection.
Another India forms part of Cambridge University’s wider celebrations to mark the UK-India Year of Culture 2017.