For identifying indigenous documentation methodologies and translating Malayalam folklore into English. An art historian working closely with a folk group will study the pernicious implications of the caste system on the future of ritual performance. The group will also interact with a similar community based in Chattisgarh.
For documenting heritage buildings in Solapur, which exhibit architectural influences that span 1,000 years of successive rule by the Deccan Sultanates, the Mughals, the Marathas and the British. The documentation, which will include measure-drawings and photographs, is expected to lead to an exhibition and aid conservation efforts.
For documenting literary practices in nine languages spoken in Mumbai as well as translating selected texts among these languages. The resulting database will facilitate further translations among these languages.
For completing an illustrated manuscript provisionally titled ‘Include by Design: Architecture for the Inclusive Artplace’. The grant will enable the recasting of the manuscript for publication through the use of new photographs and illustrations, and will underwrite the book’s production costs.
For making a film on studio portraiture in India, which will explore the human and social dimensions that inform photographs, as also the experience of being photographed. The proposed film will seek to deconstruct the photographs in terms of cultural influences, social aspirations and individual fantasies.
For making a documentary film on the oral legends of Mirabai narrated and sung by the lower castes of Rajasthan. The film will map the alternative texts and performance spaces that refigure the mainstream cultural icon Mira, laying open issues of caste and transgression to scrutiny.
For research towards a manual on bamboo toy-making for middle- and high-school children, to be published in Marathi and English. Another component of the research would be workshops and teacher training programmes for schools in Pune district.
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 constructing and animating three children’s playhouses to function as centres of alternative education, and for developing public spaces around three community hand-pumps. An urban visual artist and three wood sculptors from Bastar will involve the community in the design and construction.
For photographic documentation of the folk theatre form Tamasha in rural and small-town Maharashtra. The project will generate a ‘cultural biography’ of Tamasha and a visual record of its entire repertoire, as well as a series of photographic exhibitions in Maharashtra.