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.
For preparatory work on a video film, by a filmmaker and a journalist/writer, on marginalised aspects of Punjab’s cultural landscape. They will explore their relationship to contemporary Punjab by documenting particular celebrations, individuals, memorials and encounters that together embody a syncretic understanding of the region.
For preparatory work towards a project integrating art, research and activism, by a visual artist and an activist-writer/researcher. They will travel extensively across Gujarat, interact with different social groups and organisations, and produce artworks that constitute a secular response to the riots of 2002.
For constructing and animating three children’s playhouses to function as centres of alternative education, and for developing public spaces around three community hand-pumps. An urban visual artist and three wood sculptors from Bastar will involve the community in the design and construction.
For collaboration among a photographer, a graphic designer and a painter to develop a body of new digital art work that would encompass photography, painting and graphic design. Through their interdisciplinary approach to image creation the artists hope to address critical debates around representation and the digital media.
For the completion of a manuscript and publication of a sourcebook in Kannada on important sculptural traditions in south India. The book is expected to reach sculptors across rural Karnataka through innovative dissemination strategies.
For the dissemination of the collaborative work of visual artist C.F. John, dancer/choreographer Tripura Kashyap and photographer/visual artist T.M. Azis in the form of two art events: a photo-exhibition and a half-hour performance around a well, and an installation/performance in an art gallery.