Grant

Priya Anand

Grant Period: Two months

For a community project which brings together children from the residential complex of Good Earth Malhar in Kengeri, the nearby labour camp that houses construction workers, and the neighbouring villages, to create maps from their understandings of the neighbourhood. The project will explore ways in which children see their surrounding environment and forge connections with it. The outcome of the project will be a mela of reading books and an exhibition of children’s maps of the neighbourhood. The Grantee’s deliverables to IFA with the final report will be audiovisual documentation of the activities. The grant funds will cover professional fees, materials and event costs, and refreshments.

Chandrahas Yallappa J

Grant Period: One year and six months

For an engagement with eight grade students of the Government Higher Primary School in Kalaburgi to study the paintings, architecture and administration of the Bahmani Sultanate with reference to their social science syllabus. Students will be involved in workshops on line drawing, Urdu calligraphy and creative writing on the history of the Bahmani Sultanate. The outcome of this project will be a compilation of artworks by students in the form of a book. The Grantee’s deliverables to IFA with the final reports will be still and video documentation of the entire project and an art book. Grant funds will pay for an honorarium, professional fees, material costs, performance costs, publication costs, exhibition costs, travel costs, and an accountant’s fee.

Ganesh Palaveshmuttu Nador

Grant Period: One year and six months

For a series of art-based experiential learning modules at the Government Higher Primary School, in Anagoda village in Uttara Kannada district. The project will enable students to trace and document the migration of a wide variety of birds in the Uttara Kannada region. Students will also engage in birdwatching and relating it to their environmental studies curriculum.The outcome of this project will be a publication of short stories, poems and folk songs. 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 an honorarium, travel costs, printing costs, material costs, exhibition costs, documentation costs, professional fees, and an accountant’s fee.

Vinod Kumar

Grant Period: One year and six months

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.

Pallavi Chander

Grant Period: Two months

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. 

Smitha Cariappa

Grant Period: Two months

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.

Sharanya Iyer

Grant Period: Two months

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.

Pallavi Paul

Grant Period: One year

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. 

Fields of View

Grant Period: One year

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. 

Ekta Mittal

Grant Period: One year

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. 

Lekshmi Mohan R (aka Sunil Mohan)

Grant Period: Six months

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.

Poornima Sukumar

Grant Period: One year

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.

Gayathri Iyer

Grant Period: One year

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. 

Nirmala

Grant Period: One year and six months

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.

Sugumar Shanmugan

Grant Period: One year and six months

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.

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