I did know of the African presence in India before reading this book, but I wasn't fully aware of how significant it was at all levels of society from the 4th Century CE onwards.
"African Elites in India: Habshi Amarat" is a collection of articles which focus on the presence Africans amongst the elite circles in India. These people, called Habshis or Sidis, had a long and distinguished presence as traders, musicians, soldiers and rulers and played a significant role in the history and culture of the subcontinent. The book contains a wealth of information about some of the most notable Africans together with many portraits, maps and photographs.
The Sidis in modern India still have a distinctive culture with its unique music and dance. But associations with Sidis (and their descendants) may also be found amongst Royalty and Nobility today.
I found this to be an excellent work on an almost forgotten aspect of African and Indian culture and would certainly be one of my reading recommendations.