For research towards a documentary film titled In Search of Umrao, envisaged as a journey through history, memory, physical spaces and forms of cultural expression in pursuit of the tawaif or courtesan of north India.
For documenting the early recording industry and music culture in India. The study will identify the human, intellectual and material artefacts of early music culture and result in a series of essays on the gramophone as well as online sharing of documentation.
For field research into the oral ballads of the Mithila region of north Bihar. The research will result in a databank that would assist researchers by providing information on the content of the ballads and the social context in which they are performed.
For preparatory work on a video film, by a filmmaker and a journalist/writer, on marginalised aspects of Punjab’s cultural landscape. They will explore their relationship to contemporary Punjab by documenting particular celebrations, individuals, memorials and encounters that together embody a syncretic understanding of the region.
For the photographic documentation of the manuscript paintings of Assam held in Vaishnavite monasteries and private collections. Approximately 5,000 folios will be photographed and stored in a digital database at the Assam State Museum.
For a preparatory phase of collaboration among a painter/puppeteer, a sculptor/puppeteer and a shoe designer/woodworker to develop new styles and techniques of presentation in puppetry. The collaborators will attempt to create contemporary scripts, evolve new soundscapes and re-think traditional structures.
For implementing the strategic plan of a theatre group, which had received an earlier grant for preparatory work, to reach new audiences, improve management and public relations, and generate income through performance tours, workshops and training programmes.
For a video film, Kitte Mil Ve Mahi, by a filmmaker and a writer, on marginalised aspects of Punjab’s cultural landscape. This grant, which follows an earlier grant for preparatory work, will go towards the making of a film that will document celebrations, individuals, memorials and encounters that together embody a syncretic understanding of the region.
For the installation of public sculptures created by four ceramic artists at the Kalaghoda Festival, Mumbai. The project will be disseminated through a pamphlet describing the process, a poster exhibition and a slide show.
For a clay and fibre installation by a ceramic artist and a textile artist based on interrelated themes depicted in Indian and Greek myths. The installation will be created for outdoor viewing and will be site-variable.
For the dissemination of the collaborative work of visual artist C F John, dancer/choreographer Tripura Kashyap and photographer/visual artist T M Azis in the form of two art events: a photo-exhibition and a half-hour performance around a well, and an installation/performance in an art gallery.
For the completion of a manuscript and publication of a sourcebook in Kannada on important sculptural traditions in south India. The book is expected to reach sculptors across rural Karnataka through innovative dissemination strategies.
For collaboration among a photographer, a graphic designer and a painter to develop a body of new digital art work that would encompass photography, painting and graphic design. Through their interdisciplinary approach to image creation the artists hope to address critical debates around representation and the digital media.