Project 560

Pallavi Chander

Grant Period: Two months

For sharing through artistic practices, an arts-based therapy intervention, by the children of the MGR colony in Banashankari, a neighbourhood in Bangalore. The adolescent residents and participants of the Creative Arts Expression programme of the Buguri Community Library will share their experiences in a year-long engagement with this intervention. The project seeks to take their learnings to members of the Buguri Library community in Bangalore and Mysore. The outcomes of this project will be books, performances, talks, exhibition and cooking sessions. Grant funds will pay for stationery and props, travel and food, performances and book making. 

Smitha Cariappa

Grant Period: Two months

For an artistic engagement with the community of weavers at Yelahanka, a neighbourhood in Bangalore. Drawing inspiration from the motifs, instruments of the loom, the culture of recycling and craft practices within the community, the project will explore the various dimensions of existing weaving traditions in the bylanes of the neighbourhood. The outcome of the project will be a live art installation. The Grantee’s deliverables to IFA along with the final report will be photo documentation of the exhibition. Grant funds will pay for material costs, honorarium, professional fees and conveyance.

Sharanya Iyer

Grant Period: Two months

For an exploration of the history of Richmond Town, a neighbourhood in Bangalore. Involving a group of mothers and children, the engagement seeks to uncover the narratives around the names of five specific streets in the neighbourhood through research and interviews with residents. The outcomes of the project will be a guided walk and an exhibition of children’s artworks showcasing the history of each street. The Grantee’s deliverables to IFA along with the final report will be still and video documentation of the exhibition and digital copies of the artworks. Grant funds will pay for exhibition costs, professional fees, workshops and conveyance.

Fields of View

Grant Period: One year

For the building of a game that will engage diverse sets of Bangaloreans to explore multiple narratives of the city. Through engaging people in game-sessions, the project aims to question ‘standard’ narratives and understand how people’s personal stories shape larger tales of the city. The outcomes of the project will be six game sessions through the year at various public places in Bangalore and a persistent artefact that documents the multiple narratives. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the final report will be documentation of the project, photographs, video compilation of the game sessions and game schematics. Grant funds will pay for professional fees, materials, space and equipment hire, travel, communication and outreach. 

Ekta Mittal

Grant Period: One year

For a series of curated artistic and cultural engagements in Bangalore to make subterranean and invisible labour in the city visible again in discourse and practice. Through Maraa, a media and arts collective, the projects aims to facilitate opportunities for labourers to engage with the arts and culture in the city.  The outcomes of the project will be eight to 10 engagements across the city that will include talks, walks, film screenings, musical performances, art exhibition, games and two editions of a zine through the year. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the final report will be audio clips, video documentation, photographs, exhibition design, copies of the zines, and publicity materials produced for the engagements. Grant funds will pay for professional fees, travel, space and equipment hire, printing costs, materials, and an accountant's fee. 

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. 

Jeetin Rangher

Grant Period: over six months

For a series of site-specific performance art interventions at the Vinayaka Kalyana Mantapa, an abandoned building on Bellary Road that used to be a marriage hall until it was sliced in half during the construction of the road to the airport. 

Naveen Mahantesh (080:30 Collective)

Grant Period: over six months

For a series of performance art interventions across various spaces in Bangalore by ten artists belonging to the 080:30 Collective. Each intervention will consist of several site-specific performances in areas like K R Market, Nayandanahalli Junction and Commercial Street in Bangalore. Each of the ten artists will work with five different spaces and their projects will be chosen through a process of discussion and evaluation within the collective. 

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