Kolkata

Manas Bhattacharya

Grant Period: Over one year

For collaboration among a photographer, a graphic designer and a painter to develop a body of new digital art work that would encompass photography, painting and graphic design. Through their interdisciplinary approach to image creation the artists hope to address critical debates around representation and the digital media.

The Seagull Foundation for the Arts

Grant Period: Over two years

For the publication of a national theatre quarterly that gives priority to the voice of theatre practitioners, documenting their creative processes, theatre practices and oral histories.

Centre for Action Research in Conservation and Heritage

Grant Period: Over one year

For a study and documentation of the heritage buildings in Kolkata’s Dalhousie Square. An inventory, drawings and photographs of the buildings and interpretations of available historical data will result in a report to the UNESCO for the nomination of the area as a World Heritage Site.

Indranil Chakravarty

Grant Period: One Year

For preparatory research towards a script and screenplay for a fiction film based in Goa and Brazil. While the study will focus on Goan life and culture in the second half of the twentieth century, the film will explore identity formation in the context of the Indian diaspora.

Dev Nayak

Grant Period: Over one year and six months

For photo-documentation and study of the popular public sculpture of metropolitan Calcutta, covering the year-long calendar of image-making followed by the Kumartuli potters, and the use of the icons in ritual and festive contexts. A book, a CD-ROM and an exhibition are the expected outcomes of the project.

Kalika Prasad Bhattacharya

Grant Period: Over two years

For a compilation and ethnographical study of the distinctive folk songs of industrial workers on the plantations, mines and factories of eastern India. Anticipated outcomes of the study include a published anthology and audio recordings of the songs for archival use.

Centre for Studies in Social Sciences

Grant Period: Over two years

For tracing, documenting and classifying the literary and visual history of Bengali print advertisements between 1800 and 1950. The compilation will be published and the collected material housed at the Hitesranjan Sanyal Memorial Collection, Calcutta.

Society for the Preservation of Satyajit Ray Films

Grant Period: Over one year

For sorting, classifying and cataloguing the personal papers of Satyajit Ray. Digital copies of this monumental archive of textual, graphic and audio material will be made available through a website as an interactive multi-media product. The project is also expected to generate an exhibition titled ‘The World of Satyajit Ray’.

The Seagull Foundation for the Arts

Grant Period: Over three years

For preparatory research towards a travelling exhibition on the life and work of Nirode Mazumdar, considered by many to be an important and unfairly ignored figure in modern Indian painting. The study will also result in catalogues and publications for use in galleries and art schools, and the marketing of an audio-visual package.

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