For research that traces the manners in which the Shi’a community in contemporary India deploys the Panja or the Fatima’s Hand, as part of a larger collection of visual and material artifacts, to show veneration for the Prophet Muhammad’s family during Muharram in Dongri and Bhendi Bazar, Mumbai, within the context of various debates on iconoclasm within Islam. The outcome of this project will be a book.
For working with the Assam State Museum, which was founded by the Kamrupa Anusandhan Samiti in 1940 and was taken over by the Government of Assam in 1953. Currently, the museum has 14 galleries with a collection of over 15,000 objects from the region. This fellowship to Sayantan supports research into the Naga collection at the museum. The project aims to study the objects which form an integral part of the culture and tradition of the Naga tribes, towards curating a series of interdisciplinary events that will locate these objects in the complex and volatile living history of the Nagas. The outcome will be a series of events throughout the year including exhibitions and public programmes around the Naga collection.
For research to study the syncretic traditions inherent in traditional Axomiya society by mapping the cultural and social history of the performance tradition of Jikir in Assam. The research will be conducted with her collaborator, Shakya Shamik Kar Khound. The outcome will be an anthology on Jikir.
For working with the Assam State Museum, which was founded by the Kamrupa Anusandhan Samiti in 1940 and was taken over by the Government of Assam in 1953. Currently, the museum has 14 galleries with a collection of over 15,000 objects from the region. This fellowship to Shubhasree supports research to explore the period prior to the arrival of the Ahom rulers in 13th century Assam through the objects in the entire collection of the museum. The project aims to highlight the rich cultural legacies of the region, the Sanskritisation of Assam, and the ways in which regional histories like that of Assam, have played a major role in the larger mainstream histories of the country. The outcome will be a series of events like lectures, small exhibitions around objects that will then feed into a large temporary exhibition at the end of the fellowship period.
For support towards an international conference on the evolution of the Urdu language and its proliferation in popular culture across music, film, literature and television. The conference attempts to explore the worlds of popular and classical discourses in Urdu, and study their impact on the life, vibrancy and sustainability of the language. The conference took place in September 2017 in collaboration with Centre for Indian Languages, School of Language, JNU, New Delhi. The Grantee’s deliverables to IFA will be the papers presented by all speakers at the conference and video documentation of the entire conference.
For support towards a project that will enable the eighth grade students of the Government High School at Malur, Tirthahalli Taluk, Shimoga, to explore texts from the school syllabus by interpreting it through the poly-vocal rendition of Vadapu which is used in the performance of Puravanthike, a folk art form from the region. Through this process they will consider multiple possibilities of creating performance pieces. The outcome will be a stage performance which will be presented at two to three school venues.
For support towards a series of workshops with Tamil speaking children to create a visual storytelling book that aims to challenge dominant notions of children’s books that put great importance on activity. This project instead will attempt to draw attention to contemplation and abstraction in the world of children. The outcomes of the grant will be a book and an exhibition with original artwork from the book. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will be detailed documentation of the processes including photographs and audio-video recording of the project, various drafts and final layout of the book, and design and catalogue of the exhibition.
For support towards a project with the students of the fourth standard at the Government Higher Primary School, Maravanthe, Kundapura Taluk, Udupi, towards an attempt at bridging the gap in arts-based learning under the government’s Nali Kali programme. Through a series of workshops he will engage educationists, artists and designers to guide teachers and children in creating a self-learning kit that connects their local environment to their syllabus. The outcomes will be the learning kit and a performance.
For a researcher to create an interactive, three dimensional Virtual Reality installation based on the popular Kerala legend of Perumtachan’s temple pond. The installation will allow spectators to experience and interact with a simulated environment through a head mounted display unit. The project aims to explore the artistic possibilities of Virtual Reality and questions religious indoctrination of legends by making them available for public access. The outcomes of the project will be the interactive site specific installation and a research paper. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will be photo and video documentations, sketches, 3D models and prototypes, source codes, design iterations of the installation and the manuscript of the paper. Grant funds will pay for materials, equipment hire, professional fees, travel, publicity and an accountant’s fee.
For working with the Kerala Museum, Kochi to envisage and curate a series of activities engaging the collection that includes exhibitions, public programmes and outreach events for both adults and children. The Kerala Museum’s collection is representative of important milestones in the world of visual art from all over India. Beginning with Raja Ravi Verma, Rama Verma, and Abanindranath Tagore, the collection includes artists from Shantiniketan; the Bengal School; those who were part of the Progressive Movement like M F Husain, F N Souza, Akbar Padamsee, as well as contemporary ones.
For research that enquires into the Raseshori Pala of the Sankirtan tradition of Manipur to draw attention to certain aspects of Vaishnavism and its devotional expression through the contribution of women. The project will explore roles of women as custodians for maintaining and carrying forward this artistic tradition. The outcome of this project will be a monograph.
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 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.