Grant

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.  

Dandappagoud I Patil

Grant Period: one year

For a series of workshops for eighth grade students of the Government High School, Ankalagi, Kalaburgi District to develop literary arts practices, in order to enable them to document their personal narratives as monologues or Nanna Swagatagalu. 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, a publication, travel, and an accountant’s fee.

Dayasindhu Sakrepatna

Grant Period: Eight months

For the creation of a performance-work titled Shiva that explores queer identities. Based on personal experiences, it will trace the story of a young poet coming out to his mother, through a series of letters and poems that express fear, conviction, choice, and a deep longing for her acceptance. The performance also seeks to draw on and challenge the tenets of Bharatanatyam and Carnatic music, viewing them from a queer perspective. Imagined as an iterative, creative series of performances, this process seeks to emerge as a platform that will trigger dialogues on alternative identities, relationships, gender, sexuality, masculinity, peer pressure, and mob violence. The outcome will be a series of eight performances across Karnataka. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will be photographs and video documentation of the process work and performance.  Grant funds will pay for costs towards an honorarium, travel and living, professional fees, rehearsal / performance space and studio hire, production, printing and publicity, documentation, and an accountant’s fee.  

Barun Chattopadhyay

Grant Period: One year and six months

For the creation of an experimental prose-narrative in Bangla, in collaboration with a visual artist. The project tentatively titled Harilo Shaareer Kachhe Pajama Mohima (‘The Glory of The Pajama Loses to the Sari’) attempts to explore the travails of Bengal’s first women doctors in the early 19th century. It will study the complex dynamics between these women and the various stakeholders of the medical system at the time – practitioners of traditional medicine, male doctors of modern medicine, and lower caste midwives. The fictional work based on historical narratives will combine text with visual material from personal collections, libraries, and archives to form a framework for a book. The project will culminate in this book.The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will be the manuscript of the book and published copies of the same, and photographic and digital documentation of artworks created for the book. Grant funds will pay for costs towards an honorarium, material, local travel, professional fees, and an accountant’s fee.

Kotresha B

Grant Period: 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 outcome of the project will be the publishing of four issues 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. Grant funds will pay for costs towards an honorarium, professional fees for resource persons, documentation, travel, and an accountant’s fee.

Hansa Thapliyal and Jayachandra Varma

Grant Period: One year

For the creation of short theatrical performances with young members of the Hyderabad-based theatre-family group Surabhi Naatak Mandali, that will make visible the scientific processes at work in their theatrical production, especially in their stagecraft. The outcome will include a mini lecture-demonstration production in VITM, Bangalore followed by a workshop led by young members of Surabhi for an audience in Bangalore; and short YouTube videos made with the children about science in their theatre. The Fellows’ deliverables to IFA with the final report will be process images, audio/video recordings, and texts and publication, if any.

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, and school students to create multiple cultural experiences, innovative audience engagements, and an online digital archive. The outcome will be 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 costs towards an honorarium, workshop material, documentation, travel, food, printing, publicity, professional fees for resource persons, and an accountant's fee.

Anupama Gowda and Pavan Kumar

Grant Period: One year

For exploring a programme titled ‘The Mystery-Gen Gadgets’, which will constitute the history and technological development of early gadgets. Their study will focus on the design history of these gadgets and the cross-cultural perspectives connected with their design, production, use, and disposal. The outcome will include an exhibition, workshops, and talks that explore the role and future of contemporary gadgets. The Fellows’ deliverables to IFA with the final report will be images documenting the process, video recordings, texts, and a publication, if any.

Aditi Maddali

Grant Period: One year and six months

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

Nandita Kumar

Grant Period: One year

For the creation of a sound installation using information gathered on the usage, wastage, and pollution of water in India. Tentatively titled Water.org the work seeks to understand the politics around water resources in India and build awareness about it. The outcome will be an exhibition of the interactive installation and an e-book created from information gathered from multiple sources. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will be the material gathered for the work, an E-book, images of the graphical notation score, photographs of the process and media reports of the exhibition. Grant funds will pay for costs towards purchase of materials, professional fees, travel, and an accountant’s fee.

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