Sound & Picture Archives for Research on Women

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(SPARROW is a nongovernmental, national archive of print, oral history and audiovisual material on women in India)





The Nest B-101, 201, 301 Patel Apartment Maratha Colony Road, Dahisar (E) Mumbai, Maharashtra, 400 068 India



22-28280895, 22-28965019



Schedule & hours

Working hours in SPARROW: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. NO ANNUAL CLOSURE.

Working language(s)

English, Hindi, Marathi


SPARROW is a five-minute walk from Dahisar East station. If you catch a local train on the western line, Dahisar is a station after Borivili. So one has to catch the western line to Virar to reach Dahisar. Patel Apartment is opposite Cinemax theatre which is still known by its old name, Rajashri Cinema.


Apart from books, journals, and newspaper clippings relevant to the aims of SPARROW, the archive contains oral history recordings (and transcripts) of women who participated in freedom movements, progressive movements, and struggles to liberate oppressed communities; feature and documentary films by and on women; advertisements; audiorecordings; and photographs.

SPARROW archives materials in more than eight Indian languages, including English. Books, print and other visual material like films are available in English, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, and Assamese. SPARROW also has an ongoing project on 87 writers from 23 Indian languages for which literary material has been collected in Mizo, Garo, Manipuri and other languages like Urdu.

Research procedures


A consultation form that will give all the details will soon be posted on the web site. For the present a researcher must present a letter from the university or a professor and must contact SPARROW with details of the topic of research and the kind of materials needed for consultation at least three weeks before so that the application can be processed. This can be done by e-mail also.

Permitted and prohibited items

  • Permitted: Laptops and pencils.
  • Prohibited: Scanners, cameras, phones, pens, and footwear.

Document ordering and delivery

Once the researcher has informed us what she or he needs we try and keep the documents ready. Documents cannot be copied or scanned. there is no limit to the documents one can order in a day provided the consultation area is not crowded.

Photocopying, photography, microfilming

(what are costs, permits, and page limits? how long do you have to wait?)

As a rule we don't photocopy unless it is a newspaper clipping. Please see consultation form to be put up on web site for other details.

Key individuals

(Names of archive staff and other individuals who can help researchers)

Ms.Sharmila Sontakke, Senior Librarian

Ms.Malsawmi Jacob, Senior Project coordinator

Ms.Priya D'Souza (for queries regarding visual material like photographs)


There are two restaurants nearby and several others nearby where vegetarian food is available. Researchers won't be allowed to eat in the archive premises. Tea and coffee can be supplied on request for a payment. There are no special lockers available. There is a washroom on each floor. Researchers are not allowed internet access.

See also

(links to relevant websites and resources)

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