For field research for a doctoral dissertation on identity formation among women dancers in contemporary India, with a particular focus on Kathak exponents. The study is expected to contribute to visual and cultural anthropology through the analysis of how dance is represented in mass media and public festivals.
For an artistic interaction between a performance scholar and a theatre group towards the completion of a dance-theatre production based on the history of the devadasi and her dance. The production will examine what was lost, preserved and concealed when sadir or dasi attam was reconfigured as Bharatanatyam under the impact of colonialism and nationalism.
For preparatory research towards a travelling exhibition on the life and work of Nirode Mazumdar, considered by many to be an important and unfairly ignored figure in modern Indian painting. The study will also result in catalogues and publications for use in galleries and art schools, and the marketing of an audio-visual package.
For research towards developing curricula, teaching aids and reference materials for Mayurbhanj Chhau. Teachers, dancers, musicians and designers will come together for practical sessions to help systematise the expressive components of this dance form.
For developing a shadow play repertoire by contemporary theatre artists, visual artists, traditional leather puppeteers, folk musicians and children. Besides working on possible technical and performative innovations the collaborators will explore how shadow puppetry may be used in Karnataka’s schools and lead to the inclusion of the arts in school curricula.
For research towards an annotation of hitherto undisclosed material on Indian cinema, including government records, parliamentary debates, interviews, memoranda submitted by trade bodies, and reports of film inquiry committees. The project will highlight the hidden discourses that influence the making of Indian cinema.
For a feminist study of women photographers in the country, exploring their role and their distinct approach to photography. The study will help formulate a media course on women and photography; form part of the investigator’s dissertation on women and technology; and eventually feed into a film. The acquired material will be placed with a Delhi-based women’s media organisation and a school of communications.
For a theatre director, a contemporary actor and an exponent of the classical theatre of Kerala to jointly develop actor-training methods and explore how the language and content of Koodiyattam and Nangiar Koothu can be made more contemporary and accessible. The interaction will lead to two productions.
For a visual artist and a carpenter/carver from Mumbai, Adivasi wood carvers, and traditional painters and bell-metal sculptors from Madhya Pradesh, to appreciate one another’s aesthetic concerns, techniques, processes and milieu. An art historian will document their interaction and they will develop wooden sculptures to be exhibited in Kondagaon, Bastar District and at urban public sites.
For collaboration between three contemporary dancers from different regions who will work with a sculptor and a musician to create new pieces of individual and group choreography. A network of contemporary dance practitioners is a possible outcome.
For developing a shared vision for a proposed dance-theatre production by a performance scholar and a theatre group, based on the former’s study of the history of the devadasi and her dance. They will visualise segments from the evolving piece, which intends to examine what was lost, preserved and concealed when sadir or dasi attam was reconfigured as Bharatanatyam under the impact of colonialism and nationalism.
For a series of workshops for children by theatre workers and traditional toy makers with the aim of reconnecting and contemporising the narrative and toy cultures of Malwa. The workshops will culminate in a toy festival, and the possibility of founding a permanent toy resource centre will be explored.
For development of actor-training processes and consolidation of a repertoire of productions, which would contribute to non-formal education in rural areas and create a larger audience base for contemporary theatre in the state.
For consolidation and dissemination of a clown theatre methodology. Training workshops for theatre groups in the Hindi-speaking belt will result in new productions, a theatre network and additional performance venues. Concurrent workshops will be held with undertrials and disadvantaged children.
For research and documentation of the history and practice of cinematography in India, throwing fresh light on visual aesthetics. The study is expected to result in articles for film magazines and journals and a possible book on Indian cinematography. The resulting material will be placed with institutions that teach and archive film.