The South Asian Diaspora Arts Archive, SADAA (previously known as the South Asian Diaspora Literature and Arts Archive or SALIDAA) features collections of South Asian literature, art, theatre, dance and music by British based artists and organisations. SADAA was founded in 1999 by a group of academics, experts and practitioners of South Asian literature and arts. It demonstrates the contribution made by South Asian people to the development of arts and literature in England.

The  archive covers five main areas: literature, visual arts, theatre, dance and music. It includes material in the English language dating, approximately, from 1947 to the present.

Work is ongoing on digitizing the collections and on making them available via the SADAA website.  

Some images are also available on VADS: the online resource for visual arts.

Collections include:

Aamer Hussein


Amal Ghosh

Amanda Sebestyen

Amrit and Kabindra Kaur Singh


Asian Women Writers Collective

Autograph ABP

Avinash Chandra

Attia Hosain

Bali Collection

Baluji Shrivastav

Chila Kumari Burman

Hima Raza

Juginder Lamba

Kabhi Ritz, Kabhie Palladium 

Kali Theatre Company 

Màn Melà Theatre Company

Maya Chowdhry



Prafulla Mohanti



Ram Gopal

Romesh Gunesekera

Saleem Arif Quadri


Sarita Sharma

Sarwar Sabri


Sunil Gupta



Access to collections

Access is by appointment only. To request an appointment please e-mail giving at least 2 working days notice. Appointments are subject to staff availability and only available between 9.30am and 5pm Monday – Friday in Brunel University term-time (Monday – Wednesday during university holidays). You can check when we are open on the Using our collections page.

Page last updated: Wednesday 14 September 2016