Listen to our Supporters
Small is Powerful
IFA believes that everyone can make a difference - a faith bolstered by the overwhelming support for our initiative - Friends of IFA. This initiative, which starts at a donation of Rs 5,000 a year, now has over 500 Friends, and has raised over Rs 4 crore in the last seven years. Their unwavering support and continued contributions of time and effort strengthens our commitment to the arts and reiterates our belief that 'Small is Powerful'.
Small interventions change people’s lives
– Sunil Shanbag, Theatre Director
Sunil Shanbag, Theatre Director and an IFA Grantee, shares how small interventions change people’s lives, in the arts. Like simple acts in the arts make a difference, Sunil talks about the transformation that a small contribution can bring - not only to the lives of the artists, but also for the community that benefits from the arts.
Naseeruddin Shah and Ratna Pathak Shah
You don't have to be a king or a state to support the arts
– Ratna Pathak Shah, Actor
(Giving) is a very simple act
– Jeebesh Bagchi
Art Thrives on Experiments
IFA believes that the arts thrive on experiments. Many of the projects supported by us have challenged inherited systems of knowledge and structures of dominance. These explorations into the experimental and marginal by artists and scholars are often accompanied by the risk of failure and ridicule. However, it is also impossible for the arts to thrive without these experiments. The ideal environment for the arts is one that encourages this risk-taking, regardless of the possibilities of failure. We believe that just as we take pride in these diverse outcomes, we must also be partners in the liabilities and uncertainties that pave the way.
The arts celebrate imagination, possibilities, and multiple perspectives.
- Sameera Iyengar, Co-founder and Director, Junoon
Sameera Iyengar believes in the importance of experimentation in the arts. In this video, she speaks about how the ‘(arts) celebrates always knowing that there are many ways to understand and see'. She invites you to ‘put your backs behind [the arts]’, which boldly challenge our thinking and perception of the world.
Q (Quashiq Mukherjee)
You have to invest imagination and resources [towards our shared futures].
- Q (Qaushiq Mukherjee), Filmmaker & IFA Grantee
Q also believes in the significance of experimentation in the arts. In this video he speaks about how the arts can help us make sense of our lives and open up the world through the power of imagination.
‘[T]he arts survive through experiment. Experiment is important. Experiment needs support because … [if we have] to imagine a cultured civilisation, the arts [have] to thrive.’
- Shanta Gokhale - Writer, Theatre Critic, IFA Evaluator, Donor & Ex-Trustee
In this video, Shanta, who believes in the significance of experimentation in the arts, speaks about why it is important for the arts to find a safe space to flourish.