Archival and Museum Fellowships

Lina Vincent Sunish

Grant Period: Nine months

For working with the cluster of three museums - Goa Chitra, Goa Chakra and Goa Cruti - which narrates the history of Goa through objects, texts and oral histories.  This fellowship supports research that will unravel stories about 15 iconic objects from the museum’s collections. Using objects as the point of departure, the project attempts to make visible the many layers of narratives around them through engagements with a diverse range of people including experts in the field, artists, anthropologists, children and others. These stories hope to reveal not only the historic and contemporary significance of the objects but also the material, aesthetic and human histories around them. The outcomes of the fellowship include mobile exhibitions where select objects can be exhibited outside the museum space, gallery walks, children’s workshops, repair cafes, sound and light projections, performances, talks and demonstrations by crafts persons. The Fellow’s deliverables to IFA with the final report will be process images, audio recordings, texts and publication, if any.

This fellowship is made possible with support from Tata Trusts.

Aparajita Bhasin

Grant Period: Nine months

For working with the cluster of three museums - Goa Chitra, Goa Chakra and Goa Cruti - which narrates the history of Goa through objects, texts and oral histories.  This fellowship supports research that will document, disseminate and make accessible, knowledge about objects in the collections through digital and immersive media. Mobile applications created around the collection attempt to not only extend the reach of the museum, but also help engage and educate a younger generation steeped in technology and social media. The outcomes of the fellowship include augmented reality workshops, mobile apps and an exhibition of the content created during the workshops.  The Fellow’s deliverables to IFA with the final report will be process images, audio recordings, images of the exhibition, the apps and a publication, if any. 

This fellowship is made possible with support from Tata Trusts.

Shriniwas Agawane and Deepti Mulgund

Grant Period: Eight months

For the creation of curatorial work in collaboration with the Education and Conservation Departments at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS), Mumbai towards one or more exhibits drawing upon the museum's existing collections, which will travel around Maharashtra in a specially designed bus. 

Smit Dharia

Grant Period: One year

For working with the Saptak Archives in Ahmedabad, which has over 20,000 recordings of exponents from various gharanas, traditions, and styles within Hindustani Music, both vocal and instrumental. This fellowship supports research that will make accessible and available the forgotten recordings of celebrated exponents of Hindustani Music through audio/video podcasts. Each podcast will be about 40 minutes long and engage the work of a particular artist, theme, gharana, etc chosen from the recordings at the archives. These podcasts will be of interest to both the initiated as well as the new listener. The other outcome of the fellowship will be ‘listening sessions’ that will be open to the public held at the archives. The Fellow’s deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will be the podcasts, audio recordings of 'listening sessions' if possible, process images, texts, and a publication, if any.

Radhika Joshi Ray

Grant Period: One year

For working with the Saptak Archives in Ahmedabad, which has over 20,000 recordings of exponents from various gharanas, traditions, and styles within Hindustani Music, both vocal and instrumental.  This fellowship supports research in documenting the journey of the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana, one of the ‘newer’ gharanas of Hindustani Music founded by Ustad Alladiya Khan. Despite being a recently developed style of singing, there is no written record of the lyrics or notation of these musical pieces. The primary outcome of this research will be a compilation of ragas including the notations, lyrics and technical details of raga-swaroop, that are a specialty of this gharana, presented either in the form of a book, CD or a website. Other outcomes include an exhibition on the emergence of the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana; audio-visual presentations on the life and music of select musicians; guided listening sessions on ragas and compositions of this gharana; a live concert by the fellow herself displaying the gayaki of the gharana. The Fellow’s deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will be a book, CD or website, together with images of the exhibition and audio-visual sessions, audio recordings of 'listening sessions' if possible and process images if any.

Nilina Deb Lal

Grant Period: One year

For working with the cultural history archive at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta (CSSSC) which contains a wide variety of visual materials across genres from 19th and 20th century Bengal that includes books, journals, popular paintings, prints, posters, hoardings, advertisements, and commercial art productions.The archive has also recently acquired the digitised records of the Calcutta Improvement Trust (CIT) which records the urban and municipal history of 20th century Calcutta. This fellowship supports research that will focus specifically on the legacy of the Calcutta Improvement Trust, studying the growth of the city of Kolkata in the years preceding the formation of the Trust, as well as the alterations in the years that came after. The outcomes will be an exhibition, seminar, publication and other neighbourhood engagements in different parts of the city. The Fellow’s deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will be images of the exhibition, process images, audio recordings and texts, if any.

Diksha Dhar

Grant Period: One year

For working with the cultural history archive at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta (CSSSC) which contains a wide variety of visual materials across genres from 19th and 20th century Bengal that includes books, journals, popular paintings, prints, posters, hoardings, advertisements, and commercial art productions. This fellowship supports research that will explore the relationship between the city of Kolkata and its citizens, and the many different registers through which the city is experienced. The project will locate Kolkata as a site of both colonial encounter and colonial modernity, and investigate the many mechanisms through which an ‘authentic’ experience of the city is constructed, distributed and negotiated in the everyday. The outcomes will include an exhibition, and other public events around the archive. The Fellow’s deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will be process images, audio recordings, texts and a publication, if any.

Alice Agarwal

Grant Period: One year

For working with the Archaeology Museum in Deccan College, Pune, which has a rich collection of antiquities and specimens, sourced from excavations and explorations carried out across India over the decades. This fellowship supports a series of public events around the museum collections, with the intention of making the museum a social space—one that will encourage people to think, talk, communicate, meet, learn, and enjoy. This will also be supported by a strong online presence. The outcome will include an experiential exploration of some of the museum galleries, a series of interactive events designed for audiences of different age-groups, an exhibition, talks, and an online presence that will aim to create a virtual community. The Fellow’s deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will be images of the process, audio/video recordings, texts, and a publication, if any.

Anupama Gowda and Pavan Kumar

Grant Period: One year

For working with the Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum (VITM) in Bangalore, which has a rich collection of science and technology objects. For the creation of a programme titled ‘The Mystery-Gen Gadgets’, which will constitute the history and technological development of early gadgets. Their study will focus on the design history of these gadgets and the cross-cultural perspectives connected with their design, production, use, and disposal. The outcome will include an exhibition, workshops, and talks that explore the role and future of contemporary gadgets. The Fellows’ deliverables to IFA with the final report will be images documenting the process, video recordings, texts, and a publication, if any.

Hansa Thapliyal and Jayachandra Varma

Grant Period: One year

For working with the Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum (VITM) in Bangalore, which has a rich collection of science and technology objects. For the creation of a short theatrical performance with young members of the Hyderabad-based theatre-family group Surabhi, that will make visible the scientific processes that are at work in their theatrical productions, especially in their stagecraft. The outcome will include a mini lecture-demonstration production in VITM, Bangalore followed by a workshop led by young members of Surabhi for an audience in Bangalore; and short YouTube videos made with the children about science in their theatre. The Fellows’ deliverables to IFA with the final report will be process images, audio/video recordings, and texts and publication, if any.

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