Karnataka

Dayasindhu Sakrepatna

Grant Period: Eight months

For the creation of a performance-work titled Shiva that explores queer identities. Based on personal experiences, it will trace the story of a young poet coming out to his mother, through a series of letters and poems that express fear, conviction, choice, and a deep longing for her acceptance. The performance also seeks to draw on and challenge the tenets of Bharatanatyam and Carnatic music, viewing them from a queer perspective. Imagined as an iterative, creative series of performances, this process seeks to emerge as a platform that will trigger dialogues on alternative identities, relationships, gender, sexuality, masculinity, peer pressure, and mob violence. The outcome will be a series of eight performances across Karnataka. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will be photographs and video documentation of the process work and performance.  Grant funds will pay for costs towards an honorarium, travel and living, professional fees, rehearsal / performance space and studio hire, production, printing and publicity, documentation, and an accountant’s fee.  

Chandrappa Sobati

Grant Period: One year and six months

For a wide-ranging engagement and workshops with seventh, eighth, and ninth grade students of the Government High School, Hiremanakatti, Haveri district to introduce them to the songs of Dollu Kunita—a popular drum-dance form of Karnataka—and the subsequent use of these songs to explore the texts as part of the school curriculum. The outcome will be a performance. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will include photographs from the workshops and an audio video recording of the performance. Grant funds will pay for an honorarium, workshop, professional fees for resource persons, documentation, production, travel and an accountant’s fee.

Savita Uday

Grant Period: One year and six months

For a series of storytelling sessions for fifth, sixth, and seventh grade students of the Government Primary School in Angadibail, Uttara Kannada district, involving teachers and members of three tribal communities in the Gokarna-Ankola region. The project aims to document and revitalise the disappearing oral traditions of these communities, while creating a deeper and richer learning experience for the students. It will connect their learning in the classroom to their own cultural and social contexts, through the creation of an illustrated storybook, and audio and textual documentation of these traditions. The outcome will be an exhibition in the school. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will include the illustrated storybook, audio and textual documentation of the stories along with video and still documentation of the process and the exhibition. Grant funds will pay for costs towards an honorarium, professional fees, travel, printing, accommodation, an exhibition, stationery and an accountant’s fee.

Mohan Kumar N

Grant Period: One year and six months

For a wide-ranging engagement and workshops with fifth, sixth, and seventh grade students of the Government Higher Primary School, Hulasogi, Haveri district to introduce them to Kolata—a popular stick dance form of Karnataka. The outcome will be a series of performances. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will include photographs from the workshops and an audio video recording of the performance. Grant funds will pay for costs towards an honorarium, a workshop, professional fees for resource persons, documentation, production, travel and an accountant’s fee.

Deepti Navaratna

Grant Period: One year and six months

For research on the Royal Carnatic Orchestra of the Mysore Court which has now evolved into the Mysore Police Band. It will trace the journey of the Orchestra from being considered as ‘exotic’ in 19th-century India to the current perception of it being an ignored ‘relic’ of the British Raj. The project will also examine the ways in which the Band, which was instated to safeguard the ‘culturally pristine form’ of Carnatic music against the backdrop of socio-political and cultural transformation in South India, has been excluded from mainstream discourses. The outcome will be a manuscript for a book. The Grantee’s deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will be the manuscript, audio-visual footage of recordings and performances, and notations of the music of the Band. Grant funds will pay for costs towards an honorarium, professional fees, travel and accommodation, equipment rental, fee to institutions for copying relevant documents and records, and an accountant’s fee.

Kotresha B

Grant Period: one year

For a series of workshops for sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students from all schools located in Pagada Dinni, Raichur District to introduce them to different styles of journalistic writing. The outcome of the project will be the publishing of four issues of Pencil, a student’s newspaper. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will include photographs from the workshops, and the publications. Grant funds will pay for costs towards an honorarium, professional fees for resource persons, documentation, travel, and an accountant’s fee.

Dandappagoud I Patil

Grant Period: one year

For a series of workshops for eighth grade students of the Government High School, Ankalagi, Kalaburgi District to develop literary arts practices, in order to enable them to document their personal narratives as monologues or Nanna Swagatagalu. The outcome of the project will be a publication. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will include photographs from the workshops, and the publication. Grant funds will pay for costs towards an honorarium, professional fees for resource persons, documentation, a publication, travel, and an accountant’s fee.

Gangappa S L

Grant Period: one year

For a series of workshops for sixth and seventh grade students of Government Higher Primary School, Alkeri Gauliwada, Uttara Kannada District to develop an appreciation for literary art practices through the documentation of stories of their nomadic Marathi communities. The outcome of the project will be a publication. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will include photographs from the workshops, and the publication. Grant funds will pay for costs towards an honorarium, professional fees for resource persons, documentation, publication, travel,  and an accountant’s fee.

Baby Biradar

Grant Period: one year

For a series of workshops for sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students of Government High School, Muchalamba, Bidar District that integrates geometry and art by using visual art, folk stories, and theatre games. The outcome of the project will be a performance and a publication. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will include photographs from the workshops, audio video recording of the performance, and the publication. Grant funds will pay for costs towards an honorarium, a workshop, professional fees for resource persons, documentation, production, travel, and an accountant’s fee.

Gundurao Desai

Grant Period: one year

For a wide-ranging engagement and workshops with seventh grade students of the Government Model Higher Primary School, Maski, Raichur District to introduce them to the short stories of Masti Venkatesha Iyengar and enable them to write their own. The outcome will be a publication. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will include photographs from the workshops, and the publication. Grant funds will pay for costs towards an honorarium, a workshop, professional fees for resource persons, documentation, publication, travel, and an accountant’s fee.

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