Aditi Maddali

Grant Period: One year and six months

For research towards an understanding of labour songs in Telangana, with a focus on Uyyala Paatalu. These songs which are predominantly sung by women who work in the fields or the informal sector. The project will explore the sociopolitical and cultural relevance of these songs in the present-day context by looking at the subversive histories with the participation of women in the Telangana People’s Movement along with their struggles against patriarchal and caste oppression. The outcome will be a film. The outcome of this project and the Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will be a film. Grant funds will cover costs towards equipment rental, professional fees, local travel and food, and an accountant’s fee.

Sita Reddy

Grant Period: Over one year and six months

For research into India’s disparate botanical art traditions, focusing on four colonial botanical texts ranging from the seventeenth-century Hortus Indicus Malabaricus to the nineteenth-century Flora Indica. The research will involve matching the texts with what exists in the gardens, and making visible the unnamed indigenous botanical artists of Company paintings as well as the variations in botanical iconography across diverse print media: engravings, watercolours, and lithographs. This research is part of a larger project to document an Indian botanical ‘Ark-ive’ or a visual genealogy of botanical arts traditions on the printed page. The outcome will be a website.


Grant Period: Over one year and six months

For documenting the traditional designs of the cotton handloom weaving industry of Andhra Pradesh. The project will also foster initiatives to produce new designs and create quality textiles in a few production centres in Andhra Pradesh.