For a clay and fibre installation by a ceramic artist and a textile artist based on interrelated themes depicted in Indian and Greek myths. The installation will be created for outdoor viewing and will be site-variable.
For the installation of public sculptures created by four ceramic artists at the Kalaghoda Festival, Mumbai. The project will be disseminated through a pamphlet describing the process, a poster exhibition and a slide show.
For a video film, Kithe Mile Wahi, by a filmmaker and a writer, on marginalised aspects of Punjab’s cultural landscape. This grant, which follows an earlier grant for preparatory work, will go towards the making of a film that will document celebrations, individuals, memorials and encounters that together embody a syncretic understanding of the region.
For implementing the strategic plan of a theatre group, which had received an earlier grant for preparatory work, to reach new audiences, improve management and public relations, and generate income through performance tours, workshops and training programmes.
For a preparatory phase of collaboration among a painter/puppeteer, a sculptor/puppeteer and a shoe designer/woodworker to develop new styles and techniques of presentation in puppetry. The collaborators will attempt to create contemporary scripts, evolve new soundscapes and re-think traditional structures.
For the photographic documentation of the manuscript paintings of Assam held in Vaishnavite monasteries and private collections. Approximately 5,000 folios will be photographed and stored in a digital database at the Assam State Museum.
For developing innovative syllabi and introducing new curricula and fresh pedagogical practices in cultural studies through certificate courses, workshops, conferences, consultations and lectures. The project will also generate a database that will contribute towards mapping the field of cultural studies.
For research into the social world of the Mumbai film poster, leading to a manuscript. The study will focus on the labour, skills, creative choices and techniques that go into the production of the poster, and its circulation and reception in metros and small towns.
For a four-day meeting that focuses on the presentation and discussion of collaborative arts projects. Bringing together artists from different disciplines and regions, the meeting aims to trigger reflections on the processes, possibilities and challenges of collaboration in the arts while also generating suggestions for future support.
For field research into the oral ballads of the Mithila region of north Bihar. The research will result in a databank that would assist researchers by providing information on the content of the ballads and the social context in which they are performed.
For documenting the early recording industry and music culture in India. The study will identify the human, intellectual and material artefacts of early music culture and result in a series of essays on the gramophone as well as online sharing of documentation.
For research towards a documentary film titled In Search of Umrao, envisaged as a journey through history, memory, physical spaces and forms of cultural expression in pursuit of the tawaif or courtesan of north India.
For research into the social history of the north Indian folk theatre Nautanki, with a special focus on the role of women. The study will result in a biography of the legendary Nautanki performer Gulab Bai, to be published in Hindi and English.