Films on IFA

Subhendu Dasgupta: History of Bengali Cartoons

In 2007 IFA began a language initiative, under its Arts Research and Documentation programme, to support projects that make a significant contribution towards the creation of knowledge resources in the arts. At present, this process of discovery and documentation is being undertaken for Bengali. Soon we hope to expand this initiative to include other regional languages.Subhendu is writing a book on the history of Bengali cartoons—a form of creative expression which has been given only passing attention in Indian art discourse and Indian historiography.

Sandip Dutta: Digitizing Bengali Little Magazines

In 2007 IFA began a language initiative, under its Arts Research and Documentation programme, to support projects that make a significant contribution towards the creation of knowledge resources in the arts. At present, this process of discovery and documentation is being undertaken for Bengali. Soon we hope to expand this initiative to include other regional languages.Sandip digitized an important part of his exhaustive library of Bengali Little Magazines for the purposes of preservation and wider public access.

Kamal Saha: Encyclopedia of Theatre in Bengal

In 2007 IFA began a language initiative, under its Arts Research and Documentation programme, to support projects that make a significant contribution towards the creation of knowledge resources in the arts. At present, this process of discovery and documentation is being undertaken for Bengali. Soon we hope to expand this initiative to include other regional languages.Kamal produced an encyclopedia and an internet archive on theatre in Bengal.

The Jadavpur School of Women's Studies: Digital Archive of Historical Photographs of Bengali Women

In 2007 IFA began a language initiative, under its Arts Research and Documentation programme, to support projects that make a significant contribution towards the creation of knowledge resources in the arts. At present, this process of discovery and documentation is being undertaken for Bengali. Soon we hope to expand this initiative to include other regional languages. This film is about the work done by the faculty of the School of Women's Studies, Jadavpur University, towards the creation of a digital archive of 11,000 historical photographs of urban middle-class Brahmo Bengali women -- a comprehensive record of the changing position of women in Bengal and of photographic practices in India.

Kali-Kalisu Part 1

An Arts Education Teacher Initiative by Goethe-Institut Bangalore and India Foundation for the Arts

Indira Biswas: Connected Histories of the Radio and the Gramophone

In 2007 IFA began a language initiative, under its Arts Research and Documentation programme, to support projects that make a significant contribution towards the creation of knowledge resources in the arts. At present, this process of discovery and documentation is being undertaken for Bengali. Soon we hope to expand this initiative to include other regional languages.This film about the work done by Indira Biswas, a research scholar, who is studying the connected histories of the radio and the gramophone and their influence on Bengali music.

Mallesha M: Model School Project 1

In 2013, we extended our support to two Kali-Kalisu teachers to transform their schools into "Kali-Kalisu Model schools" in Karnataka. These model schools will enable Kali-Kalisu trained teachers to take charge of creating and implementing a year-long plan of arts-based activities. The main objective of the model school is to use the medium of arts to engage the communities of teachers, school administrators, students, parents and local artists to address the immediate socio-cultural realities that surround the school district.Mallesha M, a drama teacher from the village of Kalghatgi in Dharwad district, is one of two recipients of a Model School grant from IFA. For his project he seeks to create awareness about the social and cultural issues that surround the school and the community, with emphasis on female absenteeism and child marriage.

Kali-Kalisu Part 2

An Arts Education Teacher Initiative by Goethe-Institut Bangalore and India Foundation for the Arts.

Ganapathi Hoblidar: Model School Project 2

In 2013, we extended our support to two Kali-Kalisu teachers to transform their schools into "Kali-Kalisu Model schools" in Karnataka. These model schools will enable Kali-Kalisu trained teachers to take charge of creating and implementing a year-long plan of arts-based activities. The main objective of the model school is to use the medium of arts to engage the communities of teachers, school administrators, students, parents and local artists to address the immediate socio-cultural realities that surround the school district.Ganapathi Hoblidar, a special teacher and a Cluster Resource Person from Tallur Cluster, Baindur Block (Udupi district), is one of two recipients of a Model School grant from IFA. For his project he seeks to improve learning abilities among students through the arts and to revitalise the local Cluster Resource Centre by making it a hub for local arts and folk cultural activities.

Madhukar M L: Addressing environmental concerns using folk art forms

In 2013 we made four grants under the Arts Education programme to support projects by teachers trained under our Kali-Kalisu initiative, that explore the potential of regional art forms and practices to sensitise the school and community about local issues, and to build networks of common artistic interests.Madhukar M L is one of the recipients of these grants. Through his project he seeks to encourage students from a government school in the village of Gumballi in Chamarajanagar district to engage with the rich tradition of folk art forms that celebrate the lush natural habitat of the district, where the school is located, thereby addressing the environmental concerns of the region.

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