Grant

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

This grant supports research to study the work songs of women in Telangana focusing on the Uyyala Paatalu songs, which are predominantly sung while working in the fields or as labour 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 participation of women in the people’s struggle of Telangana and their assertions against patriarchal and caste oppressions in the region. The outcome of this project and the Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will be a film. Grant funds will cover equipment rental costs, professional fees, local travel and food costs, and an accountant’s fee. 

 

 

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

Bhagath Singh A

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.  
 

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

K P Jayakumar

Grant Period: One year and six months

For research on the British colonial visual narratives of landscape and people in the High Ranges of Kerala. The project will study how European photographers, ethnographers and travellers documented the daily lives of people in the region and, in turn critique the colonial gaze. It will examine the ways in which the binaries of the civilised and the uncivilised were created on the basis of physical representations of native people staged against exotic backdrops. The outcome of this project will be a photo essay and an exhibition. The Grantee’s deliverables to IFA with the final reports will be the essay and photographic documentation from various collections across Kerala. Grant funds will pay for travel and accommodation, professional fee, books and stationery, typing, printing and designing, exhibition, and an accountant’s fee.

This grant is made possible with support from Titan Company Limited

Navprit Kaur

Grant Period: One year and six months

For research on the history of Dalit music in Punjab, exploring the emergence of the collective Dalit Self in recent times. By looking at personal and professional trajectories of the musicians, this project will investigate the ways in which their practice is shaped, circulated and received in the context of caste-based discrimination in the region. It will also examine the nature of performative culture and the crucial role of Deras, Dargahs and Mazars in its dissemination. The outcome of this project will be the manuscript for a book. The Grantee’s deliverables to IFA with the final reports will be the manuscript with excerpts from interviews conducted in the field.  Grant funds will pay for an honorarium, travel and accommodation, books and stationery, typing and designing, telephone and internet, and an accountant’s fee. 

This grant is made possible with support from Titan Company Limited

Centre For Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta (CSSSC)

Grant Period: over seven months

For the creation of a multi-media exhibition, a seminar and performances centred around the archived collection of music and papers of the Senia gharana exponent, Pandit Birendra Kishore Roy Chowdhury.  The rich collection that includes the published and unpublished writings of Birendra Kishore, his personal notebooks, music ephemera and photographs will enable critical dialogues around music pedagogy, archiving and engaging with archival materials for musical experimentations. The seminar also aims to foreground regional perspectives in the understanding and writing of music histories. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will be still and video documentation of the exhibition, seminar and performances, and the papers that will be presented at the seminar. 

V Padma (A Mangai)

Grant Period: One year and six months

For research to write a critical history of Tamil theatre during the early twentieth century, using the writings of Pammal Sammadha Mudaliar as resource material. The project will critique the categorisation of Tamil theatre into rural and urban forms and explore the struggles of practitioners against the backdrop of anti-colonial and the nascent anti-Brahmanical movements in the region. The outcome of this project will be the manuscript of a book. The Grantee’s deliverables to IFA with the Final reports will be the manuscript with images and excerpts of translations from the writings of Pammal and interviews conducted in the field. The grant funds will cover an honorarium, research assistance, travel and living, stationery and documentation, typing and  printing, and an accountant’s fee. 

This grant is made possible with support from Titan Company Limited

Rajesh Devraj

Grant Period: One year and six months

For research to study the life and work of Baburao Painter--producer, director and the founder of the Maharashtra Film Company. The project will explore the evolution of regional cinema in Kolhapur in Maharashtra by situating Baburao’s work amidst literary and visual cultures of his time, tracing his influence on and connections with contemporary artists, thinkers, writers and political figures. The outcome of this project will be a biographical account of him, which will be subsequently published as a book. The Grantee’s deliverables to IFA with the Final reports will be the manuscript of the book including images. Grant funds will cover an honorarium, professional fees, travel and accommodation, and an accountant’s fee.

 This grant is made possible with support from Titan Company Limited

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.

Sapan Saran

Grant Period: over seven months

For research into the notions of gender and identity, with specific reference to gender testing in the field of athletics. Through detailed interviews and study, this research will aim to gather a nuanced understanding of gender as a spectrum rather than a binary, challenging accepted modes of identity.  The outcome of this grant will be a broad structure for a play and a possible script. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will be the play structure. 

Subhendu Dasgupta

Grant Period: over one year and six months

For support towards the study of the history of Bengali posters from 1930s to the present time. The project aims to understand the political, social, cultural and aesthetic parameters of the posters and their transformations over the years. The outcomes of the grant will be a book, essays and collectible prints of old posters. Grant funds will pay for honorarium, travel, photocopy, photography, transcription, materials, publishing and an accountant’s fee.

Shruthi Vishwanath

Grant Period: over one year

For the creation of a performance based on the abhangs - devotional poetry dedicated to the deity Vithoba - of women warkari saints of Maharashtra. Through intensive travel and research, this project seeks to interpret and perform in the public domain, primarily through music, about 10 to 12 poems of the women saints whose works currently exist only as textual documentation. The outcomes will be two music concerts and recordings of the 10 to 12 songs.  The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will be translations of the chosen songs, audio recordings of the studio recorded songs and video documentation of the performances. 

Ashok Lote

Grant Period: over one year and six months

For research on the role played by progressive theatre in Haryana, through the work of the Haryana Gyan Vigyan Samiti,  in the struggle for the freedom of expression of women over the past forty years. The outcome of this project will be a monograph. 

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