For a series of short animation films based on the life and music of Ustad Abdul Karim Khan. The project explores early sound recording technology and the artist's life within that techno-social moment in history. The project will result in animation works and installations that combine archival material with pieces of obsolete technology such as old cameras and gramophone players.
For a series of workshops for children in and around Bangalore by a storytelling team comprising a teacher, a craft specialist and an administrator. The project will connect storytelling to other creative activities, demonstrate alternative ways of looking at learning, and initiate a plan to establish a resource centre for storytelling and allied activities.
For the creation of an inclusive programme for thirty pupils of the Puttenahalli Government School and their community, which will make use of creative interventions to build awareness about the environment and water conservation in their neighbourhood.
For a book-making project tentatively titled ‘Bangalore Photo City: Lost and Found’, which reconstructs a ‘found’ history of 1960s-80s Bangalore drawing upon 2,00,000 photo negatives salvaged from a scrap yard. The negatives will also be digitized and hosted on a suitable server to make them publicly accessible for future research or artistic work.
For research into the poetry of Malayalam poet Kadamanitta Ramakrishnan and the ritual folk performance form, Padayani, towards the creation of a new performance work. The resulting performance will try to combine Kadamanitta’s lyrics, the rhythms and theatrical expressions of Padayani—which the poet often used to accentuate and embellish his public performances—with the sound of rock, reggae and the blues.
For a three-month residency programme for emerging Indian artists from an extended field of arts practice, towards nurturing collaborations and collective exchange. Six artists from diverse cultural and artistic backgrounds will spend between six weeks and three months at the BAR1 studios in Bangalore, developing individual pieces of art work and interacting with fellow artists. A public event showcasing the artists’ work in progress will be held at the end of the residency.
For preparatory research and documentation towards a dance production titled Dance and the City. Four dancers will share their personal experiences of Bangalore with one another, record interviews with other city residents, and undertake photo and video documentation. This material will be used to generate narratives and movement ideas that will form the basis of the proposed production.
For supporting a colloquium on ‘Accessing Arts Education: Possibilities and Challenges’. The colloquium will promote dialogue on national-level policy on arts education as articulated by the National Council for Educational Research and Training, debate curricular possibilities and limitations, highlight existing arts education initiatives and reflect on the experience gathered on the ground.
For the development of Chronotopia, a dance production inspired by the Tamil epic Silappatikaram, which will explore our struggle to make sense of the rapid changes that often defy conventional notions of space and chronology. Drawing upon the tenets of classical Tamil poetry, the production will develop a non-linear dramaturgy that establishes a connection between the landscape and the emotional and spiritual life of the characters, creating a geography of mind and imagination.
For research into the origin and development of science pedagogy in Bengali. Covering popular science articles in Bengali, ‘science jokes’ heard on college campuses, topics selected for doctoral dissertations and the presence of Russian textbooks in syllabi, the study will result in the creation of three or four artist’s books, a series of short text-and-image narratives, and a website.