Special Grants

Khoj International Artists’ Association

Grant Period: Over one year

For the publication of a book that will highlight Khoj’s contribution to contemporary art practice in India and simultaneously serve as a critical compendium of alternative contemporary art practice of the last decade. The book, with over 200 colour illustrations, will showcase the seminal work of over 80 visual artists, carry lead articles by art critics and sociologists, and feature artists interviewing artists.

Rupayan Sansthan

Grant Period: Over two years

For the recording, archiving and transmission of the repertoire of master musicians of the Manganiar tradition of Rajasthan.The new recordings will be held at two locations and made easily available to the musicians, while training camps for Manganiar children and young musicians will feed the repertoire back to the community.

Mukhtiyar Ali

Grant Period: Over six months

For reinvigoration of the sufiyana kalam of the mirs of Pugal, Rajasthan. A group of young musicians will be strengthened, the musical repertoire consolidated and performance opportunities created to address the issue of livelihood for the young Sufi performers. A trust will also be set up, run by members of the community, music scholars and enthusiasts, who will take ownership for the initiative.

The Biblio Charitable Trust

Grant Period: Over two years

For digitising the archive of a literary magazine in order to maximise its website’s potential to serve as an educational resource and be an avenue for revenue generation. Marketing initiatives that target Indian and foreign universities and institutions are expected to help the magazine to become self-sustainable.

Vasudha Thozhur

Grant Period: Over one year and six months

For designing and conducting a series of workshops for women survivors of the communal riots in Gujarat in 2002. The workshops, which will build on the artist’s earlier attempts to integrate art, research and activism, are expected to be a model for how the arts might engage intimately with pertinent social concerns.