For a performance piece based on research into the life of the Malayalam poet Kadamanitta Ramakrishnan Nair, and into the ritual performance form of Kerala called Padayani. Essentially a musical, the performance will also combine elements of theatre and visual arts in creating a multidimensional artistic experience.
For engaging with the Painting Department of the National Museum, New Delhi for re-staging their collection of the Pahari Ragamala paintings to make the museum a dynamic space for both research and practice. Deeksha will curate a series of contemporary ‘performances’ in response to the textual, visual and aural nature of the Ragamala paintings. It will culminate in an exhibition at the National Museum in February 2016.
For facilitating a series of workshops on Doddata, a folk performance form of north Karnataka, for the children of the Government High School, Jakanapalli, Gulbarga. They will be conducted by local troupes who will be invited to the school for performances, presentations and discussion on a regular basis to train the children in all aspects of the form such as recitals, acting, costume and property design and stage craft among others. This will lead to a performance and an exhibition by the children for the local community.
For engaging with the Painting Department of the National Museum, New Delhi for re-staging their collection of the Pahari Ragamala paintings to make the museum a dynamic space for both research and practice. Preeti will present the Ragamala paintings in its historical context and explore the relationship these miniatures have with other fields of arts such as literature and music. The project will culminate in an exhibition at the National Museum in February 2016.
For a series of arts-based interventions to encourage children to heighten their creative writing skills while developing visual sensibilities, leading to the production of a book by the pupils of the Government Higher Primary School, Kannamangala, Chikkaballapur district.
For engaging with the Decorative Arts Department of the National Museum, New Delhi for re-staging their collection of brocade saris to make the museum a dynamic space for both research and practice. Bessie’s project will primarily research the effect that the river has on the textile industry with special focus on the Ganges and its influence on the weaving of the brocade sari, and culminate in an exhibition at the National Museum in February 2016.
For facilitating a group of eighth and ninth standard pupils of the Government High School, Kundapur, Dakshina Kannada district, to explore all elements of poetry. The projects aims to draw up a selection of poems from within and outside the curriculum, to be read, de-constructed, analysed and understood. Experts from the field will be invited to help explore the possibility of translating the poems to performance pieces. The production will be showcased in the school for its extended community.
For engaging with the Decorative Arts Department of the National Museum, New Delhi for re-staging their collection of brocade saris to make the museum a dynamic space for both research and practice. Suchitra and Abeer’s project aims to ascertain the pedagogic and public value of our national cultural resources through research and exhibition, thus establishing a live link between the collection, the classroom and the exhibition that will be curated at the National Museum in February 2016.
For exploring the contours of feminist street theatre as a genre, with its specificities and aims, its own language and methods, aesthetics and conceptual underpinnings as an integral part of the Indian women’s movement during the 1980s in Delhi. The outcomes will include a book and a CD.
For research into the field recordings, texts and photographs of the Dutch ethnomusicologist Arnold Bake, during his time in Bengal from 1925 to 1934. Based on this archival material gathered from various archives in India and abroad, she will construct histories of music and portraits of people and places, thus adding to and energising the existing archive for folk music, 'The Travelling Archive'. The outcomes will be an exhibition and a book.
For the creation of a series of art-based experiential learning modules that are exploratory and open ended in nature where the child and the teacher become co-learners, at the Government Primary School, Vijayanagar in Belgaum.
For a film exploring the subculture of B-boying and Breaking as an Indian form of contemporary street dance, that will focus on the performers at Khirki village, New Delhi, a volatile melting pot of Jats, Biharis, Nigerians, Afghanis, and struggling artists which is shaping the area’s youth in the unlikeliest of ways.
For a series of workshops culminating in a two-day public art festival in the Chitpur locality of old Kolkata. These workshops are designed to re-energise and activate this locality which has a rich history and heritage, through various cultural activities, innovative audience engagement and archiving with the help of local residents, businessmen, artists, craftsmen, teachers and students. Outcomes of the project will include a website, an exhibition and a DVD documenting the process.
For the creation of an inclusive programme for thirty pupils of the Puttenahalli Government School and their community, which will make use of creative interventions to build awareness about the environment and water conservation in their neighbourhood.
For research on a community of sculptors who create the popular Swamimalai bronze idols. The project is aimed at understanding how even as a traditional art form is appropriated by governmental institutions, the traditional community both capitalises on and competes with the support these institutions offer. It will further investigate how sculptors negotiate with notions of ‘tradition’, ‘identity’ and ‘commerce’ viewed through the lens of the neoliberal craft industry in India. The outcome of this project will be a monograph-length essay.