Open Magazine

Saving Kutiyattam

This article is from Open Magazine. By Akhila Krishnamurthy In a dark kalari (literally meaning 'threshing floor' in Malayalam and also used in the context of spaces used for learning and training),...
Philip Ryalls via Getty Images

India's Unsung African Blood

Growing up in India, I never met or heard about Indians with African lineages. Then in 2005 I watched a dance performance by the Sidi Goma, a group of musicians from an African Indian community, and I was astonished and mesmerised. Since then I've discovered that India's African roots are much older than the Siddis, and are not only evident in numerous other communities, but percolate through direct descent in the blood of at least 600 million Indians.