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  Exhibitions: African Diaspora in the Indian Ocean Africans in India: A Rediscovery at the Indira Gandhi National Center for Arts, New Delhi Newspaper Articles: India’s Forgotten African Tribe Rare [ … ]

Kappiri Spirits Installation

Contemporary artists participating in the third edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016-17 made reference to memoryscapes of Fort Kochi to revisit colonial histories, even as they excavated unknown accounts of the [ … ]


  In the past, Africans, and today Afro-Indians of mixed heritage live in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Bengal, Goa, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, and Maharashtra. In the fourteenth century [ … ]

Andhra Pradesh & Telengana

One can find images of African soldiers, elites, and ministers in Deccani and Mughal paintings. These painting serve as a vital source in portraying the different occupations of the Africans [ … ]


Although an eastern African diaspora can be traced in other parts of India such as Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Karnataka, where there was relatively low cultural assimilation through marriages, it is [ … ]


The Afro-Indian community in Karnataka descends from people enslaved by the Portuguese in Goa who had either earned freedom or had escaped and moved into the hinterlands of Karnataka. Today [ … ]


During the colonial Portuguese occupation of Goa, enslaved Africans were brought to Goa to work in the Portuguese forts and factories and perform various other manual tasks. The Portuguese with [ … ]


Like in the case of Goa and Gujarat, Africans arrived in the small island of Diu as a result of Indian Ocean World slave slave trade. They were brought to [ … ]


Books and Articles:  Allen, Richard B. 2015. European Slave Trading in the Indian Ocean, 1500–1850. Ohio University Press. Alpers, Edward A. 1975. Ivory and Slaves: Changing Pattern of International Trade [ … ]