Grant

Sarbjit Sen

Grant Period: one year

For an artist to create a graphic narrative that explores the tumultuous history of leftist rule in Bengal and its collapse in 2011. The project attempts to understand the formation of the middleclass mindscape during this time and the challenges it faces in the current political context. It aims to analyse multiple marginal voices from the fractured histories, with autobiographical reference points to the artist’s own life. The outcome of the grant will be a book. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will be rough sketches, photographic and textual documentation and the manuscript of the book.

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. 

Praveen

Grant Period: One year

For a wide-ranging engagement with eighth grade students of the Government Higher Primary School, Kukkarahalli, Mysore, Mysore District with the public library. Students will be encouraged to read and explore the library and their syllabus by accessing the short stories, novels, and poetry by writers mentioned in the ‘Further References’ section in their text books. They will be encouraged to develop and inculcate a culture of reading by making the library a familiar and friendly space for gaining knowledge. The outcome will be a series of performances. The Grantee’s deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will be audio-visual documentation of the workshops, images, and a 10-12 minute video documentation. Grants funds will pay for costs towards an honorarium, professional fees for resource persons, travel, documentation, stationery and an exhibition, and an accountant’s fee.

Centre For Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta (CSSSC)

Grant Period: 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. 

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.

Sankannavar Shankarappa Ramappa

Grant Period: One year

For a wide-ranging engagement with fifth, sixth and seventh grade students of the Government Higher Primary School, Mugali, Ron Taluk, Gadag District to learn the original folk songs of Lavani and Geegi Pada, on subjects such as earth, water, health, freedom fighters, and national leaders. In addition, these students will be encouraged to engage in writing and singing select poems and stories from their text books in the style of these folk songs. The outcome will be a series of performances. The Grantee’s deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will be audio-visual documentation of the workshops, images, and a 10-12 minute video documentation. Grants funds will pay for costs towards an honorarium, professional fees for resource persons, an exhibition, documentation, and an accountant’s fee.

Ronidkumar Chingangbam

Grant Period: one year and three months

For the creation of a musical performance based on notions of Manipuri identity embedded in the literature and folklore of the Meitei community, particularly that of its diaspora, spread across Assam, Bangladesh and Tripura. Through extensive field trips and interviews, the project will explore migration histories, stories and songs of the Meitei community to understand constructions and erasures of identity both within and outside of Manipur. The performance seeks to generate fresh perspectives into the current socio-political landscape of the state. The Grantee’s deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will be an audio CD, documentation from the field trip, stills and video recordings of the premiere performance. Grant funds will pay for honorarium, travel and living, professional fees, a premiere show, studio hire, documentation, production of a CD, research material, and an accountant’s fee.                         

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.

Ramgiri Police Patil

Grant Period: One year

For a wide-ranging engagement with students from grades one to five of the Government Lower Primary school in Koganuru Village, Kalaburgi District. These children will be introduced to the cultivation process of tuver daal and its journey from ‘seed to market’/agriculture to marketing under the project titled Togariya Kanaja Kalaburgi. This year-long project will involve a series of workshops which include visiting farmlands at the various stages of cultivation and encouraging students to illustrate their experiences through drawings and stories. The outcome will be an exhibition. The Grantee’s deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will be audio-visual documentation of the workshops, images, and a 10-12 minute video documentation. Grants funds will pay for costs towards an honorarium, documentation, material, travel, stationery, a closing ceremony, and an accountant’s fee.

Bhavin Shukla

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 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.

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.

Meeta Jain

Grant Period: One year

For a wide-ranging engagement with students of Government Primary School, Sulthanpet village, Devanahalli Taluk, Chikkaballapura District to explore how the school can become a centre for reflections on local traditions, through activities such as plays, storytelling and performances at the Kalyani or sacred pond of the temple. This project, in collaboration with Jayant Gopal, is an extension of Meeta's earlier project titled Sense of Placeness, also supported by IFA. The outcomes will be an exhibition and a public performance. The Grantee’s deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will be audio-visual documentation of the workshops, images, and a 10-12 minute video documentation. Grants funds will pay for costs towards an honorarium, professional fees for resource persons, a workshop, travel, an exhibition, and an accountant’s fee.

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 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.

Mandeep Singh Raikhy

Grant Period: One year

For a series of workshops by a dance practitioner in five cities of India, pegged around 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 of the project will be five workshops. 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 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 the research towards the curation of a series of public events around the museum collections, with the intention of making the museum a space social space – one that will encourage people to think, talk, communicate, meet, learn, and enjoy, which will also be supported by a strong online presence. The outcomes will include an experiential exploration of some of the museum galleries, a series of interactive events designed for an audience of all 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.

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