For a dissertation on Ravi Varma’s Pauranik (mythological) paintings with special reference to his use of the feminine icon. The researcher will contextualise the artist’s work within India’s early modern visual culture by exploring the cross-currents that drove the industry for oleographs and popular prints.
For documenting heritage buildings in Solapur, which exhibit architectural influences that span 1,000 years of successive rule by the Deccan Sultanates, the Mughals, the Marathas and the British. The documentation, which will include measure-drawings and photographs, is expected to lead to an exhibition and aid conservation efforts.
For a study on the cultural and artistic significance of metallurgy in Indian antiquity, that would integrate technical, archaeological and art-historical perspectives. Archival research and fieldwork combined with photographic and video documentation will provide material for a book and lead to a script for a documentary film series.
For developing an innovative, online graduate-level programme in cultural studies in collaboration with Kuvempu University. By designing new curricula, developing textbooks, organising workshops and offering online courses, the Centre will build new links with research and teaching institutions.
For making a film on women potters, structured as a search for roots by a contemporary studio potter, and focussing on two traditional women potters in Kutch and Manipur. By exploring the ways in which the women have circumvented the taboos associated with the potter’s wheel, the film will foreground a dialogue between tradition and modernity.
For researching and documenting the history and unique weaving technique of the Molkalmuru sari from the Chitradurga district of Northern Karnataka. The documentation is expected to facilitate the revival and marketing of simplified versions of the sari.
For making a film on the New-Delhi based theatre group, Jan Natya Manch, that will critically explore its history and contemporary practices. Combining archival footage with documentation of contemporary performances, the film will especially focus on Nukkad Natak (street theatre).
For collaborative research between an installation artist/set designer and an anthropologist towards a multimedia installation/exhibition on the visual culture of the Thiyyas, a community from North Kerala.
For making Recording Guiya, a documentary film that will explore the conditions that contributed to the unprecedented success of Guiya, an audio cassette released in the mid-1990s in Jharkhand. The film will examine the current state of popular music and the future of oral traditions.
For completing the photographic documentation of manuscript paintings held in Vaishnavite monasteries and private collections in Assam. A digital catalogue of scanned paintings will be made available to users through the Assam State Museum, Guwahati.
For research into performing traditions and changing structures of patronage in Maharashtra. By investigating Marathi theatrical practices that emerged in the 1840s, the study seeks to document how elite and popular performative forms were reconstituted in the latter half of the nineteenth century.
For making a documentary film on the oral legends of Mirabai narrated and sung by the lower castes of Rajasthan. The film will map the alternative texts and performance spaces that refigure the mainstream cultural icon Mira, laying open issues of caste and transgression to scrutiny.
For making a film on studio portraiture in India, which will explore the human and social dimensions that inform photographs, as also the experience of being photographed. The proposed film will seek to deconstruct the photographs in terms of cultural influences, social aspirations and individual fantasies.
For developing and implementing a Dance-In-Education programme in Bangalore schools. The programme will introduce students from diverse economic and social backgrounds to contemporary dance and movement arts, train dance teachers and help develop a dance education curriculum.
For the publication of a book on the use of photography as a social tool by the Bengali upper class in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. The book, to be published by the Oxford University Press, will be made available at a subsidised price.