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NHB showcases character and charms of heritage businesses in Singapore

In the early 20th century, many businesses sprung up in Little India to cater to the growing Indian population in Singapore. These garland makers, goldsmiths, tailors, and shops selling saris, spices and other provisions from India flourished, and some have even become household names today. The rich experiences of these businesses are being celebrated and documented through the National Heritage Board’s (NHB) Street Corner Heritage Galleries scheme, which will be launched in the Little India precinct on 28 January 2022, with eight participating heritage businesses.

In these pictures, let's take a look at the Street Corner Heritage Galleries in Little India, Singapore.

Ananda Bhavan

Ananda Bhavan
Ananda Bhavan is one of the oldest Indian vegetarian restaurants in Singapore. Photo courtesy: National Heritage Board
Ananda Bhavan, Singapore
Ananda Bhavan remains rooted to its tradition of serving quality vegetarian food to its customers. Photo courtesy: National Heritage Board

Ani Mani

Ani Mani, Singapore
Ani Mani has been renowned for traditional Indian ornaments, gold jewellery and gems. Photo courtesy: National Heritage Board
Ani Mani: Little India, Singapore
Ani Mani routinely conducts a prayer session at their in-store altar when Hindu families come to collect their commissioned thali. Photo courtesy: National Heritage Board

Haniffa Textiles

Haniffa Textiles, Singapore
Haniffa sold the lighter Japan-made nylex sari. Photo courtesy: National Heritage Board
Haniffa Textiles Sari
Haniffa Textiles first began operations as a small roadside stall along Campbell Lane. Photo courtesy: National Heritage Board

Jothi Store

Jothi Store, Singapore
Jothi Store and Flower Shop was established in 1960. Photo courtesy: National Heritage Board
Jothi store and flower shop
Jothi Store and Flower Shop gained a reputation for its wide selection of items used in Indian religious ceremonies and rituals. Photo courtesy: National Heritage Board

Komala Vilas

Komala Vilas, Singapore
Founded in 1947, generations of patrons have been flocking to Komala Vilas to enjoy its Indian vegetarian food. Photo courtesy: National Heritage Board
Komala Vilas
Komala Vilas is known to be amongst the first eateries in Little India to employ women in a customer-facing role as cashiers. Photo courtesy: National Heritage Board

SIS Premium Meats

SIS Premium Meats, Singapore
Sinnasamy Irudayasamy opened his own mutton stall, named S I Samy, in 1953 in the old Tekka Market. Photo courtesy: National Heritage Board
SIS Premium Meats, Little India, Singapore
For more than 60 years, SIS Premium Meats has been supplying quality meat to customers at Little India. Photo courtesy: National Heritage Board

Thandapani Co

Thandapani Co, Singapore
Thandapani Co was founded by Sanmugam, who came to Singapore in 1946. Photo courtesy: National Heritage Board
Thandapani Co, Little India
Thandapani Co has been stocking all types of spices and common ingredients used in Asian cooking. Photo courtesy: National Heritage Board

The Banana Leaf Apolo

The Banana Leaf Apolo, Little India, Singapore
The Banana Leaf Apolo is well known for upholding the South Indian tradition of serving food on banana leaves since its establishment in 1974. Photo courtesy: National Heritage Board
The Banana Leaf Apolo, Singapore
The Banana Leaf Apolo has been known for its fish head curry. Photo courtesy: National Heritage Board

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