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.
This grant is made possible with support from Titan Company Limited.