Grant

Vaibhavi Kowshik

Grant Period: 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 a curated, interactive, virtual exhibition with experiential visual and audio inputs. In addition, the Fellow 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 the Centre for Community Knowledge. The outcome 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.

Mandeep Singh Raikhy

Grant Period: One year

For a series of workshops by a dance practitioner in five cities across India, pegged on the performance piece Queen-Size. The workshops are aimed at generating conversations around sexuality, desire, and gender activism, raising critical queries about Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code constituted in 1861 that criminalises homosexuality. The outcome will be five such workshops across the country. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will be still photographs of the workshops, written comments of the audience, media reports and publicity material. Grant funds will pay for costs towards an honorarium, accommodation, travel, food, freight, workshops, professional fees, and an accountant's fee.

Alice Agarwal

Grant Period: One year

For working with the Archaeology Museum in Deccan College, Pune, which has a rich collection of antiquities and specimens, sourced from excavations and explorations carried out across India over the decades. This fellowship supports a series of public events around the museum collections, with the intention of making the museum a social space—one that will encourage people to think, talk, communicate, meet, learn, and enjoy. This will also be supported by a strong online presence. The outcome will include an experiential exploration of some of the museum galleries, a series of interactive events designed for audiences of different age-groups, an exhibition, talks, and an online presence that will aim to create a virtual community. The Fellow’s deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will be images of the process, audio/video recordings, texts, and a publication, if any.

Koyna Tomar

Grant Period: 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 a curated, online, visual exhibition which will use various vantage points in the city to explore life around it. The Fellow will also collect metadata for images/collections, which will become an important resource for future projects at the Delhi Visual Archive. The outcome of the project will include a virtual exhibition. The Grantee’s deliverables to IFA with the final report will be images, audio recordings, texts, and a publication.

Mohan Kumar N

Grant Period: One year and six months

For a wide-ranging engagement and workshops with fifth, sixth, and seventh grade students of the Government Higher Primary School, Hulasogi, Haveri district to introduce them to Kolata—a popular stick dance form of Karnataka. The outcome will be a series of performances. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will include photographs from the workshops and an audio video recording of the performance. Grant funds will pay for costs towards an honorarium, a workshop, professional fees for resource persons, documentation, production, travel and an accountant’s fee.

David Farris

Grant Period: One year and six months

For a research-based study on the collapse of the infrastructure of celluloid film distribution in India, in the wake of digital distribution. The project aims to capture the dynamic and complex histories across multiple film industries in India, in a rapidly changing environment. The outcome of the project will be an essay and a detailed set of notes on the current film distribution system. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will be the audio-visual recording of interviews, photographs, the essay and notes. Grant funds will pay for costs towards an honorarium,  travel and living, materials, professional fees for resource persons, and an accountant’s fee. 

Gundurao Desai

Grant Period: one year

For a wide-ranging engagement and workshops with seventh grade students of the 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 will be a publication. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will include photographs from the workshops, and the publication. Grant funds will pay for costs towards an honorarium, a workshop, professional fees for resource persons, documentation, publication, travel, and an accountant’s fee.

Savita Uday

Grant Period: One year and six months

For a series of storytelling sessions for fifth, sixth, and seventh grade students of the Government Primary School in Angadibail, Uttara Kannada district, involving teachers and members of three tribal communities in the Gokarna-Ankola region. The project aims to document and revitalise the disappearing oral traditions of these communities, while creating a deeper and richer learning experience for the students. It will connect their learning in the classroom to their own cultural and social contexts, through the creation of an illustrated storybook, and audio and textual documentation of these traditions. The outcome will be an exhibition in the school. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will include the illustrated storybook, audio and textual documentation of the stories along with video and still documentation of the process and the exhibition. Grant funds will pay for costs towards an honorarium, professional fees, travel, printing, accommodation, an exhibition, stationery and an accountant’s fee.

Deepa Rajkumar

Grant Period: Nine months

For support towards the creation of a collaborative performance work with artists, and exploring politics around notions of identity of the ‘refugee’. Anchored in a doctoral dissertation on Sudanese refugees, the performance will be built on the artists’ individual and collective explorations and experiences of marginalisation, exclusion, borders, statist politics, ‘refugee-ness’ and ‘other-ness’. It seeks to question dominant discourses on the refugee, challenging homogeneity, and aspires to build human connections and inclusion. The work will be scripted, devised, directed, and performed by a collective of seven artists who hail from theatre, movement, literary, and visual arts backgrounds. The outcome will be a series of work-in-progress performances across South India. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will be photographs, video and textual documentation of the process, and performances.  Grant funds will pay for costs towards an honorarium, professional fees for resource persons, travel and living, rehearsal space rental, documentation, materials, and an accountant’s fee.  

Baby Biradar

Grant Period: one year

For a series of workshops for sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students of Government High School, Muchalamba, Bidar District that integrates geometry and art by using visual art, folk stories, and theatre games. The outcome of the project 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. Grant funds will pay for costs towards an honorarium, a workshop, professional fees for resource persons, documentation, production, travel, and an accountant’s fee.

Alakananda Nag

Grant Period: One year

For support towards a visual and written exploration of the idea of attachment in the minority community of Armenians in Kolkata. Using alternative photographic processes through the use of unique materials, this project seeks to bring the forgotten, near-extinct Armenian community to the forefront of discussions, through a body of research-based work. The outcomes will be an exhibition/installation comprising documentary photographs of spaces and objects, negatives in the collections of the families and portraits of family members created using alternative photographic processes; and a draft of a book containing photographs and essays.The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will be the photographs, books and still and video documentation of the exhibition / installation and the panel discussions. Grant funds will pay for costs towards an honorarium, professional fees, materials, travel and accommodation, books and resource materials, stationery, studio hire, and an accountant’s fee.

Abul Kalam Azad

Grant Period: Six months

For support towards the dissemination of Men of Pukar, an IFA-supported photographic project portraying the people and landscape of Poompuhar. Extending beyond Poompuhar, this project will constitute photo exhibitions in and around the regions of three ancient port cities—Tondi (Tyndis), Muchiri (Muziris), and Korkai—located in present day Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Drawing on descriptions of the inhabitants and terrain of these cities in the ancient Tamil epic Silappadikaram, this work seeks to revisit these sites in an attempt to initiate conversations around identity and territory, and rekindle collective social memory.  The outcome of the project will be three photo exhibitions and interactive sessions. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will be still documentation of the exhibitions and the discussions. Grant funds will pay for costs towards travel and living, exhibition, event, photo documentation and accountant’s fee.  

Gangappa S L

Grant Period: one year

For a series of workshops for sixth and seventh grade students of Government Higher Primary School, Alkeri Gauliwada, Uttara Kannada District to develop an appreciation for literary art practices through the documentation of stories of their nomadic Marathi communities. The outcome of the project will be a publication. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will include photographs from the workshops, and the publication. Grant funds will pay for costs towards an honorarium, professional fees for resource persons, documentation, publication, travel,  and an accountant’s fee.

Chandrappa Sobati

Grant Period: One year and six months

For a wide-ranging engagement and workshops with seventh, eighth, and ninth grade students of the Government High School, Hiremanakatti, Haveri district to introduce them to the songs of Dollu Kunita—a popular drum-dance form of Karnataka—and the subsequent use of these songs to explore the texts as part of the school curriculum. The outcome will be a performance. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will include photographs from the workshops and an audio video recording of the performance. Grant funds will pay for an honorarium, workshop, professional fees for resource persons, documentation, production, travel and an accountant’s fee.

Kavish Seth

Grant Period: One year

For the creation of a musical instrument named ‘Noori’. Exploring new dimensions in instrument design, materiality, and sound, this project aims to create an instrument which is both fretted and non-fretted, string and percussive, with monophonic, polyphonic and microtonal possibilities. The outcome will be two iterations of the instrument, interactive sessions of the work-in-progress, and performances. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will be video and audio documentation of the instrument making process and the performances. Grant funds will pay for costs towards an honorarium, materials,  travel, professional fees, documentation and an accountant’s fee.  

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