Grant

Bhavin Shukla

Grant Period: over one year

For working with the Delhi Visual Archive housed in the Centre for Community Knowledge (CCK), Ambedkar University, Delhi. The Delhi Visual Archive is a repository of the visual history of Delhi, from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, which includes a current holding of 4,500 digitised photographs. This fellowship supports research towards an understanding of community, gender and space and, the changing relationship between an ‘image’ or representation and a built environment, all of which will lead to a physical exhibition titled ‘Delhi Dialogues: A Conversation between People and the City’. The outcomes will include a physical exhibition that will tour two cities, public programmes which include an online dialogue/ web presence, community workshops, city walks, speculative storytelling, lectures and field trips. The Grantee’s deliverables to IFA with the final report will be images, audio recordings, texts, and a publication.

Rohit Kumar

Grant Period: One year and six months

For research to study the discourse of dissent in the Natua Nach of Bihar. The project will explore ways in which Dalit folklore takes the form of political expression and resistance, challenging caste oppression and social hierarchy by providing a platform to marginalised communities. It will also look at transformations in the form over the past few years with the advent of technology and modernisation; and the role it plays in contemporary society. The outcome of this project will be a manuscript for a book. The Grantee’s deliverables to IFA with the Final reports will be the manuscript, an audio-visual documentation of the Natua Nach performances and interviews conducted in the field. Grant funds will cover an honorarium, travel and living, equipment rental, stationery and books, typing and printing, and an accountant’s fee. 
 

This grant is made possible with support from Titan Company Limited

Vaibhavi Kowshik

Grant Period: over one year

For working with the Delhi Visual Archive housed in the Centre for Community Knowledge (CCK), Ambedkar University, Delhi. The Delhi Visual Archive is a repository of the visual history of Delhi, from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, which includes a current holding of 4,500 digitised photographs. This fellowship supports research which will lead to an interactive virtual exhibition with both experiential visual and audio inputs. In addition, the grantee will create public programmes through the use of memory pods, using an app and the website, aimed to connect different communities and members of families with each other and, with the Centre for Community Knowledge. The outcomes will include a virtual exhibition and the installation of memory pods. The Grantee’s deliverables to IFA with the final report will be images, audio recordings, the memory pod/app activation, and a publication.

Sharbendu De

Grant Period: One year and six months

For practice-based research into the life of the Lisus, a forest-dwelling indigenous community inside Namdapha National Park and Tiger Reserve on the Indo-Myanmar border of Arunachal Pradesh. Through photography and video, the project will explore alternative aesthetic approaches of depicting tribal culture, as opposed to colonial-anthropological exoticisation. It will examine the making of stereotypes and the politics of representation of marginalised communities. The outcome of this project will be photographs and an audio-visual installation with podcasts and videos. The Grantee’s deliverables to IFA with the final reports will be images, materials from the audio-visual documentation and an accompanying manuscript.  Grant funds will cover an honorarium, professional fees, travel and living, labour, equipment rental and purchase, installation and an accountant’s fee.

 This grant is made possible with support from Titan Company Limited

Koyna Tomar

Grant Period: over one year

For working with the Delhi Visual Archive housed in the Centre for Community Knowledge (CCK), Ambedkar University, Delhi. The Delhi Visual Archive is a repository of the visual history of Delhi, from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, which includes a current holding of 4,500 digitised photographs. This fellowship supports research that will lead to an online visual exhibition which will use various vantage points in the city to explore life around it. In addition to the exhibition, the grantee will also collect metadata for images/collections, which will become an important resource for future projects at the Delhi Visual Archive. The outcome will be a virtual exhibition. The Grantee’s deliverables to IFA with the final report will be images, audio recordings, texts, and a publication.

Gundurao Desai

Grant Period: over one year

For a wide-ranging engagement and workshops with seventh grade students of Government Model Higher Primary School, Maski, Raichur District to introduce them to the short stories of Masti Venkatesha Iyengar and enable them to write their own. The outcome of the grant will be a publication. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will include photographs from the workshops, and the publication. 

Baby Biradar

Grant Period: over one year

For a series of workshops for sixth, seventh and eighth grade students of the Government High School, Muchalamba, Bidar District that integrates geometry and art by using different forms of visual art, folk stories and theatre games. The outcomes will be a performance and a publication. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will include photographs from the workshops, audio video recording of the performance, and the publication.

Gangappa S L

Grant Period: over one year

For a series of workshops for sixth and seventh grade students of the Government Higher Primary School, Alkeri Gauliwada, Uttara Kannada District to help them develop an appreciation for literary art practices to document stories of their nomadic Marathi communities. The outcome of this grant will be a publication. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will include photographs from the workshops, and the publication.

Dandappagoud I Patil

Grant Period: over one year

For a series of workshops for eighth grade students of the Government High School, Ankalagi, Kalaburgi District to develop literary arts practices, enabling them to document their personal narratives as monologues—Swagatagalu. The outcome of this grant will be a publication. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will include photographs from the workshops, and the publication.

Kotresha B

Grant Period: over one year

For a series of workshops for sixth, seventh and eighth grade students from all schools located in Pagada Dinni, Raichur District to introduce them to different styles of journalistic writing. The outcomes of the grant will be four publications of Pencil, a student’s newspaper. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will include photographs from the workshops, and the publications.

Sumona Chakravarty

Grant Period: Eight months

For a series of workshops and an exhibition in the historic Chitpur locality of old Kolkata in collaboration with Nilanjan Das and Varshita Khaitan. This is a continuation of the ‘Chitpur Local’ project designed to reactivate the cultural life of this heritage locality, featuring eight artists in collaboration with residents, businesspersons, artists, craftspeople, the local police force and school students to create cultural experiences, innovative audience engagement and an online digital archive. The outcome of the project will be the workshops and a community exhibition. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will be still and video documentation of the workshops and the exhibition. Grant funds will pay for an honorarium, workshop material, documentation, travel, food, printing, publicity, professional fees for resource persons, and an accountant's fee. 


 

Aditi Maddali

Grant Period: One year and six months

For a study of the work songs of women in Telangana with a focus on the Uyyala Paatalu songs, predominantly sung while working in the fields or in the informal sector. The project will explore the socio-political and cultural relevance of the songs in the present context by looking at the subversive histories of the participation of women in the Telangana People's Movement and their struggles against patriarchal and caste oppression in the region. The outcome of this project and the Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will be a film. The grant funds will cover equipment rental, professional fees, local travel and food, and an accountant’s fee. 

This grant is made possible with support from Titan Company Limited.

Bhagat Singh

Grant Period: One year and six months

For research into the evolution and development of the Gaana music culture in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. A popular form of music, practiced among the marginalised people of urban Chennai, Gaana in the recent years has become a powerful medium of socio-cultural and political expression. Through extensive documentation of the Gaana songs and the lives of its performers, and an indepth analysis of the content, this project attempts to study this form in the larger context of society, politics and culture of Chennai in particular and Tamil Nadu in general. The outcome of this project will be a series of essays / articles in Little magazines in Tamil. The research will eventually lead to a book. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will be the essays and, video and still documentation from the project. Grant funds will pay for an honorarium, food and accommodation, local travel, equipment rental, professional fees, books, materials and stationery and an accountant’s fee.  

This grant is made possible with support from Titan Company Limited.

Shikha Pandey

Grant Period: over one year

For working with the collections of ‘Mann Maps’ at the Kalakriti Archives in Hyderabad, Telangana. The Kalakriti Archives house the largest collection of maps in India. Shikha will conduct research on these maps of Hyderabad city commissioned by the Nizam of Hyderabad in 1908 after the devastating floods in the city, which were created under the supervision of Leonard Munn, the chief inspector of mines under the Nizam regime. The research aims at studying both the idea of map-making and cartography on the one hand, and the interaction between the map and its user on the other, in an attempt to understand the human experience of maps. The outcomes could include a video art installation, a publication, workshops, talks and events through the fellowship period.

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

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