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 outcomes of the grant will be four publications 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 an honorarium, professional fees for resource persons, documentation, travel, and an accountant’s fee.
For working with the Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum (VITM) in Bangalore, which has a rich collection of science and technology objects. For the creation of short theatrical performances with younger members of the Hyderabad-based theatre family-group Surabhi Naatak Mandali, that will make visible the scientific processes that are at work in their theatrical production and the diverse ways stagecraft is rooted in science. The outcomes 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 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.
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.
For working with the Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum (VITM) in Bangalore, which has a rich collection of science and technology objects. For research towards 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; the cross-cultural perspectives connected with the design, production, use and disposal of these objects. The outcomes will include an exhibition, workshops and talks that will explore the role and future of gadgets in the contemporary moment. The Fellows’ deliverables to IFA with the final report will be images documenting the process, video recordings, texts, and a publication, if any.
For support towards a research-based study on 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, professional fees, local travel and food, and an accountant’s fee.
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 the same. The outcomes of the project will be an exhibition of the interactive installation and an E-book created 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 purchase of materials, professional fees, travel and an accountant’s fee.
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.
For a wide-ranging engagement with 18 students of the Government Lower Primary School, Yelagudige, Chikkamagalur Taluk, Chikkamagalur District, to introduce them to Kolata and Kasuti Kale –two art forms of the Banjara community. The children will learn to connect these forms with their curriculum subjects, primarily Mathematics and Science. The outcomes will be stage performances and an exhibition by the students. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will include photographs and a 10-12 minute video documentation. Grant funds will pay for costs towards an honorarium, professional fees for resource persons, workshops, a performance, documentation, and an accountant’s fee.
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.
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.
For a wide-ranging engagement with sixth grade students of the Government Higher Primary School, Kolcharu, Sullia Taluk, Mangalore District to explore texts from the school syllabus and interpret them through theatrical performances in Kannada and English. The outcome will be a stage performance which will be presented at two to three school venues in the neighbourhood. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will include photographs and a 10-12 minute video documentation. Grant funds will pay for costs towards an honorarium, professional fees for resource persons, travel, stationery, costumes and music, a workshop, a performance, documentation, and an accountant’s fee.
For a folk-artist to use an in-depth participant-trainer method with the fifth to seventh grade students of the Government Model Higher Primary School, Goppenahalli, Davanagere District, to engage them in the diverse understandings of Veeragase, a folk arts form that is rapidly fading from the cultural life of Karnataka. The Grantee’s deliverables to IFA will be audio-visual documentation of the workshops, images, and a ten to twelve minute video document of the entire project.
For support towards a set of workshops and a 30-day reconnaissance journey on train for a group of artists in an attempt to gather diverse perspectives around identity in the country. The journey will cover four locations across the country through the route Bangalore - Dhemaji – Srinagar – Perambavoor – Bangalore; and involve performances, performative interactions and interviews with fellow passengers and the crew of the train. The outcome of this project is a broad performance structure, which will serve as the basis for developing the project further on another journey by train scheduled for later this year. The Grantee’s deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will be documentation of the processs in the form of stills, videos or sketches made during the journey.
For a series of workshops in visual arts and storytelling, to connect students and the local community, at the Government Primary school in Manipal, Udupi, to issues related to the environment in their immediate surroundings. The outcome will be an exhibition. The Grantee’s deliverables to IFA will be audio-visual documentation of the workshops, images, and a ten to twelve minute video document of the entire project.
For research into the changing practices and ecology of the performance form of Tamasha across Maharashtra. Building on earlier work also supported by IFA, this project entails revisiting, after nearly fifteen years, villages in the Konkan, western and northern Maharashtra, Vidarbha and Marathwada regions to document photographically the cumulative impact of socio-political and economic forces on the art form and the lives of its performers. The outcome of this project will be photographs with field notes.