Archival and Museum Fellowships

Alice Agarwal

Grant Period: One year

For working with the Archaeology Museum in Deccan College, Pune, which has a rich collection of antiquities and specimens sourced from excavations and explorations carried out across India over the decades. This fellowship supports the research towards the curation of a series of public events around the museum collections, with the intention of making the museum a space social space – one that will encourage people to think, talk, communicate, meet, learn, and enjoy, which will also be supported by a strong online presence. The outcomes will include an experiential exploration of some of the museum galleries, a series of interactive events designed for an audience of all age-groups, an exhibition, talks, and an online presence that will aim to create a virtual community. The Fellow’s deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will be images of the process, audio/video recordings, texts, and a publication, if any.

Anupama Gowda and Pavan Kumar

Grant Period: One year

For working with the Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum (VITM) in Bangalore, which has a rich collection of science and technology objects. For research towards a programme titled ‘The Mystery-Gen Gadgets’, which will constitute the history and technological development of early gadgets. Their study will focus on the design history of these gadgets; the cross-cultural perspectives connected with the design, production, use and disposal of these objects. The outcomes will include an exhibition, workshops and talks that will explore the role and future of gadgets in the contemporary moment. The Fellows’ deliverables to IFA with the final report will be images documenting the process, video recordings, texts, and a publication, if any.

Hansa Thapliyal and Jayachandra Varma

Grant Period: One year

For working with the Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum (VITM) in Bangalore, which has a rich collection of science and technology objects. For the creation of short theatrical performances with younger members of the Hyderabad-based theatre family-group Surabhi Naatak Mandali, that will make visible the scientific processes that are at work in their theatrical production and the diverse ways stagecraft is rooted in science. The outcomes will include a mini lecture-demonstration production in VITM, Bangalore followed by a workshop led by young members of Surabhi for an audience in Bangalore;  and short YouTube videos made with children about science in their theatre. The Fellows’ deliverables to IFA with the final report will be process images, audio/video recordings, and texts and publication, if any.

Koyna Tomar

Grant Period: one year

For working with the Delhi Visual Archive housed in the Centre for Community Knowledge (CCK), Ambedkar University, Delhi. The Delhi Visual Archive is a repository of the visual history of Delhi, from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, which includes a current holding of 4,500 digitised photographs. This fellowship supports research that will lead to an online visual exhibition which will use various vantage points in the city to explore life around it. In addition to the exhibition, the grantee will also collect metadata for images/collections, which will become an important resource for future projects at the Delhi Visual Archive. The outcome will be a virtual exhibition. The Grantee’s deliverables to IFA with the final report will be images, audio recordings, texts, and a publication.

Vaibhavi Kowshik

Grant Period: one year

For working with the Delhi Visual Archive housed in the Centre for Community Knowledge (CCK), Ambedkar University, Delhi. The Delhi Visual Archive is a repository of the visual history of Delhi, from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, which includes a current holding of 4,500 digitised photographs. This fellowship supports research which will lead to an interactive virtual exhibition with both experiential visual and audio inputs. In addition, the grantee will create public programmes through the use of memory pods, using an app and the website, aimed to connect different communities and members of families with each other and, with the Centre for Community Knowledge. The outcomes will include a virtual exhibition and the installation of memory pods. The Grantee’s deliverables to IFA with the final report will be images, audio recordings, the memory pod/app activation, and a publication.

Bhavin Shukla

Grant Period: one year

For working with the Delhi Visual Archive housed in the Centre for Community Knowledge (CCK), Ambedkar University, Delhi. The Delhi Visual Archive is a repository of the visual history of Delhi, from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, which includes a current holding of 4,500 digitised photographs. This fellowship supports research towards an understanding of community, gender and space and, the changing relationship between an ‘image’ or representation and a built environment, all of which will lead to a physical exhibition titled ‘Delhi Dialogues: A Conversation between People and the City’. The outcomes will include a physical exhibition that will tour two cities, public programmes which include an online dialogue/ web presence, community workshops, city walks, speculative storytelling, lectures and field trips. The Grantee’s deliverables to IFA with the final report will be images, audio recordings, texts, and a publication.

Shikha Pandey

Grant Period: one year

For working with the collections of ‘Mann Maps’ at the Kalakriti Archives in Hyderabad, Telangana. The Kalakriti Archives house the largest collection of maps in India. Shikha will conduct research on these maps of Hyderabad city commissioned by the Nizam of Hyderabad in 1908 after the devastating floods in the city, which were created under the supervision of Leonard Munn, the chief inspector of mines under the Nizam regime. The research aims at studying both the idea of map-making and cartography on the one hand, and the interaction between the map and its user on the other, in an attempt to understand the human experience of maps. The outcomes could include a video art installation, a publication, workshops, talks and events through the fellowship period.

Supriya Menon

Grant Period: over one year

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.

Shubhasree Purkayastha

Grant Period: over a period of one year

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. 

Sayantan Maitra Boka

Grant Period: over a period of one year

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. 

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