Friends of South Asia

The Friends of South Asia (FSA) began in 1990 as the South Asian Advisory Committee (SAAC). Led by Arti and Pulin Chandaria, SAAC fund-raised and lobbied for the creation of a South Asian gallery and curator to showcase the ancient and contemporary material and visual culture of South Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Tibet) and its diaspora. Inaugurated in 2000 and re-opened in 2008 as part of Renaissance ROM, the Sir Christopher Ondaatje South Asian Gallery was the first in Canada to highlight South Asian culture. The South Asian Gallery is curated by Dr. Deepali Dewan.

FSA has three primary goals: (i) to support the curator and the South Asian collection at the ROM; (ii) to support South Asian programming at the ROM, including talks, curator-guided tours, performances and other special events: (iii) and to forge and maintain links between the ROM's South Asian collection and the surrounding community.

Ways to support

We always welcome donations! Your donations help us with acquisitions, exhibits, programming and other South Asia-related activities at the ROM. Donations are tax-receiptable.

Donation Form (PDF)


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Group Executive

Deepika Fernandez

Aruna Panday

Afshaan Kohari
Past chair