For a two-phase workshop enquiring into the design and editing practices of Bengali Little Magazines, at a time when digital designing and desktop publishing is becoming the norm. Young practitioner participants will work together with mentor experts to create new aesthetic experiments. The outcomes of the grant will be a book and an exhibition from the materials of the workshop.
For the creation of an interactive play based on a science fiction that questions the idea of ‘othering’. The play will be performed in non-conventional venues like community halls, schools, colleges and independent theatre spaces to facilitate interactions with audiences who usually don’t watch theatre. The outcome of the grant will be two runs of the play with five shows.
For an international seminar on K Venkatappa, a seminal figure in early modern Indian art. Through the study of various bodies of Venkatappa’s work, their aesthetic innovations, flaws and contradictions, the seminar attempts to create a rich tapestry of research, debate and discourse around the life and work of Venkatappa. Locating him in his contemporary context, the seminar is expected to explore early modernism in Karnataka, filling a lacuna in the history of Indian art. The seminar will take place in Bangalore in November, 2016.
For an initiative that will take about 30 children’s literature publications in Kannada and English to high school students at the Government High School, Jayanagar, Bangalore. Using an integrated approach that involves visual art, music, theatre and dance, this project seeks to build reading and writing abilities in the students. A presentation and exhibition of text-inspired work created by the students will be the outcome of the project.
For the creation of a kitchen garden in the Government Primary School, Vijayanagar, Belgaum which teaches in both Kannada and Marathi, towards understanding and celebrating cultural and linguistic diversity. Students will engage with local farming practices through songs, stories and local vocabulary; a local farming calendar will also be organised in the style of miniature paintings. The outcomes of the grant will be the kitchen garden patch in the school, the local farming calendar and a series of performances built around farming practices of the region.
For an artist to use an in-depth participant-trainer method with the sixth grade students of the Government Higher Primary School, Saptapura, Dharwad, to teach the various interpretations of Sobane Pada, Gigi Pada, Tatva Pada and other festival songs of Northern Karnataka. The outcome will include several public performances.
For a visual artist to engage students, staff and the local community,from the network of cluster schools at Ikkebeelu, Marathi,Murralli, Udakisara and Holagaaru, Hosanagara Taluk, Shimoga District in a series of exercises in the visual arts – drawing, painting and design –and storytelling. The outcomes will be exhibitions and performances for the school and community.
For a theatre practitioner and visual artist to collaborate on a project at the Government High School, Jeevan Bhima Nagar, Bangalore, where students will be engaged in the idea of repair and reuse. Through regular classes and engagements with mechanics from local repair shops, the students will learn the culture and skills to repair-reuse-recycle objects of everyday use. The outcomes of the grant will be a play created out of the learnings of the process, and an exhibition of the objects created by the students.
For a series of workshops with sixth grade students of the Government Higher Primary School, Sangreshakoppa, Belagavi District, through which they will explore the significance of museums and museum objects, as well as collections of coins and currency, to enhance their learning in the social sciences. The outcome of the grant will be an exhibition from the materials of the workshop.
For a series of artistic engagements with sixth and seventh grade students of the Government Higher Primary School, Birashettyhalli, Mandya District, to explore their science curriculum through poetry and the written word. The outcomes will include recitals, installations and a publication.
For a series of engagements in the literary arts to address learning challenges associated with language, with the students of Government Primary School, BylandoraGauliwada, North Canara District, from the Gauli community, who are migrants from Maharashtra. The outcomes will include a publication and performances of the Gauli community.
For introducing the students of the Government High School, Chibbalageri, North Canara District, to the various aspects of different types of puppetry that is prevalent in the region. The outcomes will be an exhibition and a performance.
For artistically representing the untold private lives of veteran Jatra artists, photographed while performing their beloved characters in costume within their quotidian environments. While the photographs push the boundaries of documentation and performance, raising questions about history and authenticity, they are also witnesses of the transforming face of Jatra. The outcome will be an exhibition of these photographs where some Jatra artists will talk about their experiences dressed as characters.
For examining the ways in which modern forms of storytelling such as animation and the graphic novel and their traditional counterparts in the folk and tribal arts, are turning to each other for new modes of expressions, subjects, and audiences to expand their practices. The researcher will focus on the works of the Chitrakar community of Medinipur, West Bengal and the Pradhan Gonds of Madhya Pradesh; and also study recent collaborations between graphic novelists and folk artists. The outcome of this project will be a monograph.
For a grant to extend his earlier project, where students across grades in the school will work towards a folk theatre performance. While the students will learn various art forms from local artists and communities they live with, this project will bring together the entire school – the teachers, parents and school administration – to strengthen the relationship between the school experience and community lives.