Grant

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.

Goutam Ghosh

Grant Period: One year and six months

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.        

Tushar Madhav

Grant Period: One year and six months

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.

S Bharat

Grant Period: One year and six months

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.

Parshati Dutta

Grant Period: One year and six months

For research to study the significance and interrelationship of cultural heritage and conflict in Kashmir. The project aims to understand how heritage impacts the identities and values of communities in times of conflict. The outcome of this project will be an essay and an interactive installation with audiovisual recordings from the field and stills of the mapped heritage sites. The Grantee’s deliverables to IFA with the final report will be an essay and an audiovisual documentation from the installation. Grant funds will pay for an honorarium, travel, food and living costs, exhibition costs, professional fees, book purchase, library fees, stationary and photocopy costs, equipment rental and an accountant’s fee.

Gowhar Yaqoob

Grant Period: One year and six months

For research to study the ways in which poets and rebels contemplate the question of the self through idioms of ‘love’, in the current sociocultural and political context in Kashmir. By exploring the plurality of love depicted in a diverse repertoire of images, and poetic and literary expressions, the project will focus on the works of two poets – Agha Shahid Ali and Rahman Rahi, and the videos and images of the rebel Burhan Wani. It will attempt to delve into the ways in which the discourse on love in literary sources and political practices could be employed in writing the cultural history of contemporary Kashmir. The outcome of this project will be an essay and a photo-essay. The Grantee’s deliverables to IFA with the final reports will be an essay and a photoessay. Grant funds will pay for an honorarium, travel, food and living costs, stationary, book purchase, photocopying, professional fees, internet subscription charges and an accountant’s fee. 

Manish Gaekwad

Grant Period: One year and six months

For research into the lives of Indian courtesans and their families, tracing their roots in history to the current times. The Grantee will draw on his personal experiences as well as the stories of women and children who were raised in Kothas. With a focus on their music, performance culture, patronage and the circumstances that eventually led to the transformation of a traditional cultural practice into sex work, the project will record accounts of people from various communities, highlighting their struggles, aspirations, survival and the erosion of the Kotha culture over time. 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 and an audiovisual documentation from the field. Grant funds will pay for an honorarium, travel, food and living costs, stationery, book purchase, library fee, photocopying, internet and phone bills, professional fees, equipment rental and an accountant’s fee.

Ramya Ramesh

Grant Period: Seven months

For working with the Raman Research Institute (RRI), Bangalore, founded by Nobel Laureate Sir CV Raman which houses more than 5,000 historical photographs, handwritten letters, artefacts and instruments that Prof Raman used in his lifetime. This fellowship supports research that will lead to a permanent display of archival material at the Raman Research Institute. The outcomes of the fellowship will include designing and curating of this permanent display that will both accommodate and showcase the material from the past, together with current research that is underway in the Institute. The Fellow’s deliverables to IFA with the final report will be process images, images of the exhibition, texts and publication if any.

Dhiraj Neog

Grant Period: Seven months

For working with the Barpeta District Museum in Assam, which was established in 1987 and houses more than 450 artefacts including a number of objects from the satras – the neo-vaishnavite monasteries that also served as important sociocultural centres for the Assamese society. This fellowship supports research that will lead to a permanent exhibition at the Barpeta District Museum. The outcomes will include an inventory of the objects in the collection, a catalogue with brief descriptions, and a permanent exhibition that will be designed and curated to showcase the objects in an engaging and informative manner. The Fellow’s deliverables to IFA with the final report will be process images, images of the exhibition, texts and publication, if any.

Umashankar Mantravadi

Grant Period: One year and six months

For workshop expeditions with students to three archaeological sites. These workshops attempt to disseminate the knowledge of archaeoacoustics tested successfully in an earlier project supported by IFA. The outcome of the grant will be the three workshops. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the final report will be data collected from the field recordings, report of the process, audio-video documentation and photographs of the workshops. Grant funds will pay for workshop costs, honorarium, professional fees and an accountant’s fee.

Jyoti Dogra

Grant Period: Ten months

For the creation of a performance piece that explores the idea of the ‘black hole’ in the realms of science, philosophy and the personal. Exploring connections between consciousness and astrophysics, and the objective nature of science and the subjective nature of the being - this work seeks to blur the boundaries and link the outer and the inner cosmos, by interweaving personal narratives and scientific theories. There will be 14 shows of the performance, including the premiere as outcomes of this grant. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the final report will be still and video documentation of the performances. Grant funds will pay for professional fees, travel and living costs, space hire, equipment hire, local conveyance, documentation costs, material costs and an accountant’s fee. 

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