Grant

Geeta KH

Grant Period: One year

For a wide-ranging engagement with 18 students of the Government Lower Primary School, Yelagudige, Chikkamagalur Taluk, Chikkamagalur District, to introduce them to Kolata and Kasuti Kale—two art forms of the Banjara community. The children will learn to relate and connect these forms with their curriculum subjects, primarily Mathematics and Science. The outcome will be stage performances and an exhibition.The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will include photographs and a 10-12 minute video documentation. Grant funds will pay for costs towards an honorarium, professional fees for resource persons, workshops, a performance, documentation, and an accountant’s fee.

Nandita Kumar

Grant Period: One year

For the creation of a sound installation using information gathered on the usage, wastage, and pollution of water in India. Tentatively titled Water.org the work seeks to understand the politics around water resources in India and build awareness about it. The outcome will be an exhibition of the interactive installation and an e-book created from information gathered from multiple sources. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will be the material gathered for the work, an E-book, images of the graphical notation score, photographs of the process and media reports of the exhibition. Grant funds will pay for costs towards purchase of materials, professional fees, travel, and an accountant’s fee.

Anupama Gowda and Pavan Kumar

Grant Period: One year

For working with the Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum (VITM) in Bangalore, which has a rich collection of science and technology objects. For the creation of a programme titled ‘The Mystery-Gen Gadgets’, which will constitute the history and technological development of early gadgets. Their study will focus on the design history of these gadgets and the cross-cultural perspectives connected with their design, production, use, and disposal. The outcome will include an exhibition, workshops, and talks that explore the role and future of contemporary gadgets. The Fellows’ deliverables to IFA with the final report will be images documenting the process, video recordings, texts, and a publication, if any.

Hansa Thapliyal and Jayachandra Varma

Grant Period: One year

For working with the Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum (VITM) in Bangalore, which has a rich collection of science and technology objects. For the creation of a short theatrical performance with young members of the Hyderabad-based theatre-family group Surabhi, that will make visible the scientific processes that are at work in their theatrical productions, especially in their stagecraft. The outcome will include a mini lecture-demonstration production in VITM, Bangalore followed by a workshop led by young members of Surabhi for an audience in Bangalore; and short YouTube videos made with the children about science in their theatre. The Fellows’ deliverables to IFA with the final report will be process images, audio/video recordings, and texts and publication, if any.

Dayasindhu Sakrepatna

Grant Period: Eight months

For the creation of a performance-work titled Shiva that explores queer identities. Based on personal experiences, it will trace the story of a young poet coming out to his mother, through a series of letters and poems that express fear, conviction, choice, and a deep longing for her acceptance. The performance also seeks to draw on and challenge the tenets of Bharatanatyam and Carnatic music, viewing them from a queer perspective. Imagined as an iterative, creative series of performances, this process seeks to emerge as a platform that will trigger dialogues on alternative identities, relationships, gender, sexuality, masculinity, peer pressure, and mob violence. The outcome will be a series of eight performances across Karnataka. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will be photographs and video documentation of the process work and performance.  Grant funds will pay for costs towards an honorarium, travel and living, professional fees, rehearsal / performance space and studio hire, production, printing and publicity, documentation, and an accountant’s fee.  

Chandrappa Sobati

Grant Period: One year and six months

For a wide-ranging engagement and workshops with seventh, eighth, and ninth grade students of the Government High School, Hiremanakatti, Haveri district to introduce them to the songs of Dollu Kunita—a popular drum-dance form of Karnataka—and the subsequent use of these songs to explore the texts as part of the school curriculum. The outcome will be a performance. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will include photographs from the workshops and an audio video recording of the performance. Grant funds will pay for an honorarium, workshop, professional fees for resource persons, documentation, production, travel and an accountant’s fee.

Alakananda Nag

Grant Period: One year

For a photographic and written exploration of the idea of attachment in the minority community of Armenians in Kolkata. Using alternative photographic processes through the use of unique materials, this project seeks to bring the forgotten, near-extinct Armenian community to the forefront of discussions, through a body of research-based work. The outcomes will be an exhibition/installation comprising documentary photographs of spaces and objects, negatives in the collections of the families and portraits of family members created using alternative photographic processes, and a draft of a book containing photographs and essays.The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will be the photographs, books and still and video documentation of the exhibition / installation and the panel discussions. Grant funds will pay for costs towards an honorarium, professional fees, materials, travel and accommodation, books and resource materials, stationery, studio hire, and an accountant’s fee.

Savita Uday

Grant Period: One year and six months

For a series of storytelling sessions for fifth, sixth, and seventh grade students of the Government Primary School in Angadibail, Uttara Kannada district, involving teachers and members of three tribal communities in the Gokarna-Ankola region. The project aims to document and revitalise the disappearing oral traditions of these communities, while creating a deeper and richer learning experience for the students. It will connect their learning in the classroom to their own cultural and social contexts, through the creation of an illustrated storybook, and audio and textual documentation of these traditions. The outcome will be an exhibition in the school. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will include the illustrated storybook, audio and textual documentation of the stories along with video and still documentation of the process and the exhibition. Grant funds will pay for costs towards an honorarium, professional fees, travel, printing, accommodation, an exhibition, stationery and an accountant’s fee.

Mohan Kumar N

Grant Period: One year and six months

For a wide-ranging engagement and workshops with fifth, sixth, and seventh grade students of the Government Higher Primary School, Hulasogi, Haveri district to introduce them to Kolata—a popular stick dance form of Karnataka. The outcome will be a series of performances. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will include photographs from the workshops and an audio video recording of the performance. Grant funds will pay for costs towards an honorarium, a workshop, professional fees for resource persons, documentation, production, travel and an accountant’s fee.

Mandeep Singh Raikhy

Grant Period: One year

For a series of workshops by a dance practitioner in five cities across India, pegged on the performance piece Queen-Size. The workshops are aimed at generating conversations around sexuality, desire, and gender activism, raising critical queries about Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code constituted in 1861 that criminalises homosexuality. The outcome will be five such workshops across the country. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will be still photographs of the workshops, written comments of the audience, media reports and publicity material. Grant funds will pay for costs towards an honorarium, accommodation, travel, food, freight, workshops, professional fees, and an accountant's fee.

Sharbendu De

Grant Period: One year and six months

For a practice-based study on the lives of the Lisus, an indigenous forest-dwelling community in the Namdapha National Park and Tiger Reserve located on the Indo-Myanmar border of Arunachal Pradesh. Through the use of photography and video, the project will explore alternative aesthetic approaches to the depiction of tribal culture while consciously moving away from exoticised colonial and anthropological visual constructions of tribal communities. Further, it will examine the construction of stereotypes and the politics of representation of marginalised communities. The outcome of this project will be a photography and audio-visual installation with podcasts and videos. The Grantee’s deliverables to IFA with the final reports will be images, materials from the audio-visual documentation and an accompanying manuscript.  Grant funds will pay for costs towards an honorarium, professional fees, travel and living, labour, equipment rental and purchase, installation and an accountant’s fee.

Rohit Kumar

Grant Period: One year and six months

For research to study the discourse of dissent in the Natua Naach form of Bihar. The project will explore ways in which Dalit folklore takes the form of political expression and resistance, challenging caste and social oppression and hierarchy. It will also look at transformations in the form over the last few years with the advent of technology and modernisation, and the role it plays in contemporary society as a platform for the marginalised. The outcome of this project will be a manuscript for a book. The Grantee’s deliverables to IFA with the Final reports will be the manuscript, an audio-visual documentation of the Natua Nach performances and interviews conducted in the field. Grant funds will pay for costs towards an honorarium, travel and living, equipment rental, stationery and books, typing and printing, and an accountant’s fee.

Rajesh Devraj

Grant Period: One year and six months

For research to study the life and work of Baburao Painter—producer, director, and founder of the Maharashtra Film Company. The project will study the evolution of regional cinema in Kolhapur in Maharashtra by situating Baburao’s work amidst the literary and visual cultures of his time, tracing his influence on and connections with contemporary artists, thinkers, writers, and political figures. The outcome will be a biography. The Grantee’s deliverables to IFA with the Final reports will be the manuscript of the book including images. Grant funds will pay for costs towards an honorarium, professional fees, travel and accommodation, and an accountant’s fee.

V Padma (A Mangai)

Grant Period: One year and six months

For research to write a critical history of Tamil theatre during the early 20th century, studying the writings of Pammal Sammadha Mudaliar, who is considered the founding father of modern Tamil theatre. The project will critically examine the categorisation of Tamil theatre into ‘rural’ and ‘urban’ forms, highlighting the struggles of theatre practitioners against the backdrop of anti-colonial and the emergent anti-Brahminical movements in the region. The outcome will be a manuscript for a book. The Grantee’s deliverables to IFA with the Final reports will be the manuscript with images and excerpts of translations from the writings of Pammal and interviews conducted in the field. Grant funds will pay for costs towards an honorarium, research assistance, travel and living, stationery and documentation, typing and  printing, and an accountant’s fee. 

KP Jayakumar

Grant Period: One year and six months

For research into the colonial visual narratives of the landscape and people in the High Ranges of Kerala in British India. While the project will study how European photographers, ethnographers, and travellers documented the everyday lives of people in the region, it will also critique the colonial gaze. It will examine the ways in which the stereotypical colonial constructions of the ‘civilised/uncivilised’ binary were foregrounded on physical representations of the natives, who were photographed as staged subjects against exotic backdrops. The outcome will be a photoessay and an exhibition. The Grantee’s deliverables to IFA with the final reports will be the essay and photographic documentation from various collections across Kerala. Grant funds will pay for travel and accommodation, professional fee, books and stationery, typing, printing and designing, exhibition, and an accountant’s fee.

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