Deepti Navaratna

Grant Period: One year and six months

For research on the Royal Carnatic Orchestra of the Mysore Court, which continues to sustain its musical legacy as the Mysore Police Band today. It will trace the journey of the Orchestra from being ‘exotic’ during the colonial times of the nineteenth century to its current presence as an ignored ‘relic’ of the British Raj. Against the backdrop of socio-political and cultural transformations in South India, the project will also examine the ways in which the Band has been excluded from mainstream discourses to protect the culturally pristine image of Carnatic music. The outcome of this project will be a manuscript for a book. The Grantee’s deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will be the manuscript, audio-visual footage of recordings and performances, and notations of the music of the Band. Grant funds will pay for an honorarium, professional fees, travel and accommodation, equipment rental, fee to institutions for copying relevant documents and records, and an accountant’s fee.

This grant is made possible with support from Titan Company Limited


Grant Period: over four months

For support towards a set of workshops and a 30-day reconnaissance journey on train for a group of artists in an attempt to gather diverse perspectives around identity in the country. The journey will cover four locations across the country through the route Bangalore - Dhemaji – Srinagar – Perambavoor – Bangalore; and involve performances, performative interactions and interviews with fellow passengers and the crew of the train. The outcome of this project is a broad performance structure, which will serve as the basis for developing the project further on another journey by train scheduled for later this year. The Grantee’s deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will be documentation of the processs in the form of stills, videos or sketches made during the journey.

Abhishek Majumdar

Grant Period: over four months

For a support towards the production of a theatre piece titled Muktidham written in Hindi, based on the history of conflict between Buddhism and Hinduism in 8th century. The play enquires into the complex relationships between religion, power, politics, caste and patriarchy. The production will be the outcome of the grant. Grant funds will pay for honorarium, professional fees, purchase of materials, travel, equipment and space rentals, publicity and an accountant’s fee.

Purna Sarkar

Grant Period: Over one year

For a theatre practitioner and visual artist to collaborate on a project at the Government High School, Jeevan Bhima Nagar, Bangalore, where students will be engaged in the idea of repair and reuse. Through regular classes and engagements with mechanics from local repair shops, the students will learn the culture and skills to repair-reuse-recycle objects of everyday use. The outcomes of the grant will be a play created out of the learnings of the process, and an exhibition of the objects created by the students.

Anuradha H R

Grant Period: Over one year

For an initiative that will take about 30 children’s literature publications in Kannada and English to high school students at the Government High School, Jayanagar, Bangalore. Using an integrated approach that involves visual art, music, theatre and dance, this project seeks to build reading and writing abilities in the students. A presentation and exhibition of text-inspired work created by the students will be the outcome of the project.

N Pushpamala

Grant Period: Over six months

For an international seminar on K Venkatappa, a seminal figure in early modern Indian art. Through the study of various bodies of Venkatappa’s work, their aesthetic innovations, flaws and contradictions, the seminar attempts to create a rich tapestry of research, debate and discourse around the life and work of Venkatappa. Locating him in his contemporary context, the seminar is expected to explore early modernism in Karnataka, filling a lacuna in the history of Indian art. The seminar will take place in Bangalore in November, 2016.

Jeetin Rangher

Grant Period: over six months

For a series of site-specific performance art interventions at the Vinayaka Kalyana Mantapa, an abandoned building on Bellary Road that used to be a marriage hall until it was sliced in half during the construction of the road to the airport. 

Naveen Mahantesh (080:30 Collective)

Grant Period: over six months

For a series of performance art interventions across various spaces in Bangalore by ten artists belonging to the 080:30 Collective. Each intervention will consist of several site-specific performances in areas like K R Market, Nayandanahalli Junction and Commercial Street in Bangalore. Each of the ten artists will work with five different spaces and their projects will be chosen through a process of discussion and evaluation within the collective. 

Mallika Prasad and Ram Ganesh Kamatham

Grant Period: over six months

For a site-specific performance on an artificial climbing wall located within Phoenix Market City mall in Mahadevapura, Bangalore. The performance will be developed through a process of research into and experimentation with aerial movement, visual design, climbing techniques and urban art by the grantees who are actors and avid mountaineers.

Dimple B Shah

Grant Period: over six months

For a series of six performance art interventions on the streets of Basavanagudi and Hanumantnagar. Each performance will engage with the characteristic features of the city – its history, its colours and its people – in an attempt to examine questions about the artist’s roots and identity.