Grant

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.

Deepti Navaratna

Grant Period: One year and six months

For research on the Royal Carnatic Orchestra of the Mysore Court which has now evolved into the Mysore Police Band. It will trace the journey of the Orchestra from being considered as ‘exotic’ in 19th-century India to the current perception of it being an ignored ‘relic’ of the British Raj. The project will also examine the ways in which the Band, which was instated to safeguard the ‘culturally pristine form’ of Carnatic music against the backdrop of sociopolitical and cultural transformation in South India, has been excluded from mainstream discourses. The outcome will be a manuscript for a book. The Grantee’s deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will be the manuscript, audio-visual footage of recordings and performances, and notations of the music of the Band. Grant funds will pay for costs towards an honorarium, professional fees, travel and accommodation, equipment rental, fee to institutions for copying relevant documents and records, and an accountant’s fee.

Bhagath Singh A

Grant Period: one year and six months

For research into the evolution and development of the music culture of Gaana in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. A popular form of music practised among the marginalised of urban Chennai, Gaana in recent years has become a powerful medium of sociocultural and political expressions. Through extensive documentation of Gaana songs, the lives of its performers, and an in-depth analysis of its content, this project attempts to study this form within the larger context of society, politics, and culture of Chennai in particular and Tamil Nadu in general. The outcome will be a series of essays/articles in Little Magazines in Tamil and a book. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will be the essays and, video and still documentation from the project. Grant funds will pay for costs towards an honorarium, food and accommodation, local travel, equipment rental, professional fees, books, materials and stationery and an accountant’s fee.

Aditi Maddali

Grant Period: One year and six months

For research towards an understanding of labour songs in Telangana, with a focus on Uyyala Paatalu. These songs which are predominantly sung by women who work in the fields or the informal sector. The project will explore the sociopolitical and cultural relevance of these songs in the present-day context by looking at the subversive histories with the participation of women in the Telangana People’s Movement along with their struggles against patriarchal and caste oppression. The outcome will be a film. The outcome of this project and the Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will be a film. Grant funds will cover costs towards equipment rental, professional fees, local travel and food, and an accountant’s fee.

Sumona Chakravarty

Grant Period: Eight months

For a series of workshops and an exhibition in the historic Chitpur locality of old Kolkata, in collaboration with Nilanjan Das and Varshita Khaitan. This is a continuation of the ‘Chitpur Local’ project designed to reactivate the cultural life of this heritage locality, featuring eight artists in collaboration with residents, businesspersons, artists, craftspeople, the local police, and school students to create multiple cultural experiences, innovative audience engagements, and an online digital archive. The outcome will be workshops and a community exhibition. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will be still and video documentation of the workshops and the exhibition. Grant funds will pay for costs towards an honorarium, workshop material, documentation, travel, food, printing, publicity, professional fees for resource persons, and an accountant's fee.

Kotresha B

Grant Period: one year

For a series of workshops for sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students from all schools located in Pagada Dinni, Raichur District to introduce them to different styles of journalistic writing. The outcome of the project will be the publishing of four issues of Pencil, a student’s newspaper. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will include photographs from the workshops, and the publications. Grant funds will pay for costs towards an honorarium, professional fees for resource persons, documentation, travel, and an accountant’s fee.

Dandappagoud I Patil

Grant Period: one year

For a series of workshops for eighth grade students of the Government High School, Ankalagi, Kalaburgi District to develop literary arts practices, in order to enable them to document their personal narratives as monologues or Nanna Swagatagalu. The outcome of the project will be a publication. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will include photographs from the workshops, and the publication. Grant funds will pay for costs towards an honorarium, professional fees for resource persons, documentation, a publication, travel, and an accountant’s fee.

Gangappa SL

Grant Period: one year

For a series of workshops for sixth and seventh grade students of Government Higher Primary School, Alkeri Gauliwada, Uttara Kannada District to develop an appreciation for literary art practices through the documentation of stories of their nomadic Marathi communities. The outcome of the project will be a publication. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will include photographs from the workshops, and the publication. Grant funds will pay for costs towards an honorarium, professional fees for resource persons, documentation, publication, travel,  and an accountant’s fee.

Baby Biradar

Grant Period: one year

For a series of workshops for sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students of Government High School, Muchalamba, Bidar District that integrates geometry and art by using visual art, folk stories, and theatre games. The outcome of the project will be a performance and a publication. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will include photographs from the workshops, audio video recording of the performance, and the publication. Grant funds will pay for costs towards an honorarium, a workshop, professional fees for resource persons, documentation, production, travel, and an accountant’s fee.

Gundurao Desai

Grant Period: one year

For a wide-ranging engagement and workshops with seventh grade students of the Government Model Higher Primary School, Maski, Raichur District to introduce them to the short stories of Masti Venkatesha Iyengar and enable them to write their own. The outcome will be a publication. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will include photographs from the workshops, and the publication. Grant funds will pay for costs towards an honorarium, a workshop, professional fees for resource persons, documentation, publication, travel, and an accountant’s fee.

Koyna Tomar

Grant Period: one year

For working with the Delhi Visual Archive housed in the Centre for Community Knowledge (CCK), Ambedkar University, Delhi. The Delhi Visual Archive is a repository of the visual history of Delhi, from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, which includes a current holding of 4,500 digitised photographs. This fellowship supports research that will lead to a curated, online, visual exhibition which will use various vantage points in the city to explore life around it. The Fellow will also collect metadata for images/collections, which will become an important resource for future projects at the Delhi Visual Archive. The outcome of the project will include a virtual exhibition. The Grantee’s deliverables to IFA with the final report will be images, audio recordings, texts, and a publication.

Vaibhavi Kowshik

Grant Period: one year

For working with the Delhi Visual Archive housed in the Centre for Community Knowledge (CCK), Ambedkar University, Delhi. The Delhi Visual Archive is a repository of the visual history of Delhi, from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, which includes a current holding of 4,500 digitised photographs. This fellowship supports research that will lead to a curated, interactive, virtual exhibition with experiential visual and audio inputs. In addition, the Fellow will create public programmes through the use of memory pods, using an app and the website, aimed to connect different communities and members of families with each other and the Centre for Community Knowledge. The outcome will include a virtual exhibition and the installation of memory pods. The Grantee’s deliverables to IFA with the final report will be images, audio recordings, the memory pod/app activation, and a publication.

Bhavin Shukla

Grant Period: one year

For working with the Delhi Visual Archive housed in the Centre for Community Knowledge (CCK), Ambedkar University, Delhi. The Delhi Visual Archive is a repository of the visual history of Delhi, from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, which includes a current holding of 4,500 digitised photographs. This fellowship supports research that will explore a middle ground between the two dominant discourses of architecture and anthropology. While architecture has always focused on built structure and monumentality and anthropology on the relationship between material culture and people, this project will explore the role that the built environment has had on shaping peoples’ lives. The outcome will include public programmes such as workshops, lectures, and field trips. The Grantee’s deliverables to IFA with the final report will be images, audio recordings, texts, and a publication.

Ronidkumar Chingangbam

Grant Period: one year and three months

For the creation of a musical performance based on notions of Manipuri identity that are embedded in the literature and folklore of the Meitei community, particularly that of its diaspora spread across Assam, Tripura, and Bangladesh. Through extensive field trips and interviews, the project will explore histories, stories, and songs of the Meitei community and its subsequent migration, to understand the constructions and erasures of identity—both within and outside of Manipur. The performance seeks to generate fresh perspectives on the current sociopolitical landscape of the state. The outcome will be the performances.The Grantee’s deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will be an audio CD, documentation from the field trip, stills and video recordings of the premiere performance. Grant funds will pay for honorarium, travel and living, professional fees, a premiere show, studio hire, documentation, production of a CD, research material, and an accountant’s fee.                         

Centre For Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta (CSSSC)

Grant Period: Seven months

For the creation of a multimedia exhibition, a seminar, and performances centred on the archival collection of music and papers of the Senia Gharana exponent, Pandit Birendra Kishore Roy Chowdhury.  The rich collection, comprising the published and unpublished writings of Birendra Kishore, his personal notebooks, music ephemera, and photographs, will enable critical dialogues around music pedagogy, archiving, and engaging with archival materials for musical experimentations. The seminar also aims to foreground regional perspectives in the understanding and writing of music histories. The outcome will be a seminar, an exhibition, and performances. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will be still and video documentation of the exhibition, seminar and performances, and the papers that will be presented at the seminar. 

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