For an engagement with eighth grade students of the Government High School near Hommaragalli in Mysuru district to explore the various vegetables and fruits of South America that have become part of the Indian cuisine. The exploration will draw reference from Namma Hotteyalli Dakshina America, a book written by BGL Swami. Students will be involved in preparing a theatrical script based on short stories from this book in relation to their science curriculum. The outcome of this project will be a series of performances. The Grantee’s deliverables to IFA with the final reports will be still and video documentation of the entire project. Grant funds will pay for honorarium, travel costs, professional fees, performance costs, documentation costs, workshop costs, refreshment costs, material costs and an accountant’s fee.
For sharing through artistic practices, an arts-based therapy intervention, by the children of the MGR colony in Banashankari, a neighbourhood in Bangalore. The adolescent residents and participants of the Creative Arts Expression programme of the Buguri Community Library will share their experiences in a year-long engagement with this intervention. The project seeks to take their learnings to members of the Buguri Library community in Bangalore and Mysore. The outcomes of this project will be books, performances, talks, exhibition and cooking sessions. Grant funds will pay for stationery and props, travel and food, performances and book making.
For an artistic engagement with the community of weavers at Yelahanka, a neighbourhood in Bangalore. Drawing inspiration from the motifs, instruments of the loom, the culture of recycling and craft practices within the community, the project will explore the various dimensions of existing weaving traditions in the bylanes of the neighbourhood. The outcome of the project will be a live art installation. The Grantee’s deliverables to IFA along with the final report will be photo documentation of the exhibition. Grant funds will pay for material costs, honorarium, professional fees and conveyance.
For an exploration of the history of Richmond Town, a neighbourhood in Bangalore. Involving a group of mothers and children, the engagement seeks to uncover the narratives around the names of five specific streets in the neighbourhood through research and interviews with residents. The outcomes of the project will be a guided walk and an exhibition of children’s artworks showcasing the history of each street. The Grantee’s deliverables to IFA along with the final report will be still and video documentation of the exhibition and digital copies of the artworks. Grant funds will pay for exhibition costs, professional fees, workshops and conveyance.
For a film on the experiences of women police officers from the batch inducted in 1976 from Delhi. The project focuses on questions around power of the state, gender, body and empowerment, while presenting an intimate portrait of the undocumented history of labour and empathy within the police force during Emergency. The outcome of the grant will be a film. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will be the film, production stills, audio interviews and their transcripts. Grant funds will pay for equipment hire, honorarium, travel, and an accountant’s fee.
For the building of a game that will engage diverse sets of Bangaloreans to explore multiple narratives of the city. Through engaging people in game-sessions, the project aims to question ‘standard’ narratives and understand how people’s personal stories shape larger tales of the city. The outcomes of the project will be six game sessions through the year at various public places in Bangalore and a persistent artefact that documents the multiple narratives. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the final report will be documentation of the project, photographs, video compilation of the game sessions and game schematics. Grant funds will pay for professional fees, materials, space and equipment hire, travel, communication and outreach.
For a series of curated artistic and cultural engagements in Bangalore to make subterranean and invisible labour in the city visible again in discourse and practice. Through Maraa, a media and arts collective, the projects aims to facilitate opportunities for labourers to engage with the arts and culture in the city. The outcomes of the project will be eight to 10 engagements across the city that will include talks, walks, film screenings, musical performances, art exhibition, games and two editions of a zine through the year. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the final report will be audio clips, video documentation, photographs, exhibition design, copies of the zines, and publicity materials produced for the engagements. Grant funds will pay for professional fees, travel, space and equipment hire, printing costs, materials, and an accountant's fee.
For the creation of a performance based on the life and times of ‘Begum’ who lived in a prime locality in Bangalore during the 1980s. Drawing on a collection of oral narratives and through a series of workshops, the play will theatrically imagine and reconstruct the character of Begum and her space which nurtured various working class communities. In the larger context, the play seeks to explore the hitherto undocumented and neglected history of transgender people in Bangalore. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the final report will be the play script and still and video documentation of the workshops and performance. Grant funds will pay for workshop costs, space hire, documentation, stationery and an accountant’s fee.
For a series of curated artistic and cultural engagements in Bangalore which explore the city through the lives and perspectives of the transgender community who have come together under the collective the Aravani Arts Project. The grant enables the community to delve into the history of trans-culture in the city and represent their relationships with their neighbours and neighbourhood spaces to trace their journeys through acceptance, understanding, building families and finding love. The outcomes of the project will be 10 to 12 engagements across the city that will include music and dance performances, photography exhibition, painting, storytelling, theatre, games, installation, walks and talks through the year. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the final report will be audio clips, video documentation, photographs, an illustrated book, publicity materials and art work produced during the engagements. Grant funds will pay for an honorarium, professional fees, materials, travel and food, space and equipment rental and an accountant's fee.
For research on the life and times of devadasi Venkata Sundara Sani associated with the Halasuru Someshwara temple, who lived in the early 20th century in Bangalore. Through an in-depth study into her life and work, this project seeks to acknowledge and engage with the largely ignored temple and devadasi traditions of Bangalore and their rich contributions to the field of music, dance and other arts. The outcome of this project will be a research paper and a performance. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the final report will be the research paper and still and video documentation from the performances. Grant funds will pay for an honorarium, professional fees, costumes, travel and living costs, venue hire, stage design costs, printing and publicity, documentation, purchase of books and an accountant’s fee.
For research to study folk songs in Haryana that have kept alive the memories of the Partition of India. Looking beyond the conventional modes of writing history, and focusing on women, this projects attempts to explore the sociocultural sphere to investigate the lasting effects of the divide on the lives of survivors. The outcome of this project will be the manuscript for a book. The Grantee’s deliverables to IFA with the final report will be the manuscript, audiovisual documentation from the field and interviews with local resource people. Grant funds will pay for an honorarium, travel, food and living costs, equipment rental, books and stationery purchase costs, internet subscription and an account’s fee.
For practice-based research on the historical, theatrical and psychological aspects of characterisation in the performance of Therukoothu towards making a play in the form of documentary theatre. Through extensive interviews with the Therukoothu artists and studying the process of preparing actors for various characters, the project aims to explore pedagogy, performativity and the contemporary trends that have influenced the form in various ways. The outcome of this project will be a documentary theatre production. The Grantee’s deliverables to IFA with the final report will be audiovisual documentation of the interviews conducted in the field and the documentation of the theatre production. Grant funds will pay for an honorarium, equipment rental, travel food and stay, production costs, professional fees and an accountant’s fee.
For research to study the interlinked imaginaries of time – geological, mythological, and science fictional - as they are expressed in the desert landscape of the Rann of Kutch. The project will investigate how the geological and the mythological narratives shape and alter the cultural geographies of the imagined science fictional future. The outcomes of this project will be a physical and digital book with text containing photographs and artworks, two short educational animated films depicting the fictional landscape of the Rann of Kutch and a website that will host the research data. The Grantee’s deliverables to IFA with the final report will be the two books, the two short films and the website. Grant funds will pay for an honorarium, professional fees, travel and living costs, and an accountant’s fee.
For research towards a documentary film on the artistic legacy of the famous Gond Pradhan artist Jangarh Singh Shyam. The project will critically examine the artistic evolution that was spurred by Jangarh’s inventive artistic style, leaving behind the traditional musical practices of the Gond Pradhan community, and moving towards building a modern, urban tradition of visual arts practice in Bhopal. Through an art-historical inquiry into the genesis and propagation of this shift that occurred for the community as well as the city of Bhopal, the project aims to explore the ‘urban’ fetish for ‘tribal’ as the city continues to subsume a subaltern tribal identity into its cultural landscape. The outcome of this project will be audiovisual documentation of interviews with the artists and experts, a short video and working drafts for the script for the documentary film. The Grantee’s deliverables to IFA with the final report will be the audiovisual documentation, video and working drafts of the script. Grant funds will pay for travel and living costs, equipment rental, professional fees, book purchase and an accountant’s fee.
For research on the soundscapes of the annual pilgrimage – Kanwar Yatra – where predominantly male devotees of Shiva undertake an arduous journey on foot to ceremonially transport water from the Ganga at Haridwar to various Shiva shrines across North India. Through an ethnographic engagement with the Yatra, this project will focus on its auditory dimensions to explore the ecology of religiosity and popular culture. It is an attempt to understand religious practices and formation of identities in current times. The outcome of this project will be an essay, combining theoretical insights and ethnographic data. The Grantee’s deliverables to IFA will be an essay, audiovisual documentation comprising interviews with the pilgrims and photographs of the Yatra. Grant funds will pay for an honorarium, travel and food costs, professional fees, library fees, photocopying, book purchase, stationery and an accountant’s fee.