Arts Research Programme

The Arts Research and Documentation programme underwent a review process after 8 years in 2014 by a panel of experts comprising Susie Tharu, MD Muthukumaraswamy, Aneesh Pradhan and Rahul Roy.  In order to develop a broad sense of the current landscape of arts research in India and understand the relevance of this programme we solicited views from the field that were represented to the panel. (Please refer to our Voices from the Field Report). We also invited some of our earlier grantees to speak to the panel about their experiences and challenges of working in the field. The panel made a set of recommendations to IFA and this Arts Research programme is an outcome of those recommendations.

The Arts Research programme supports scholars, researchers, and practitioners to undertake research into the various histories and expressions of artistic practices in India. It seeks to foster wider perspectives, understandings, interpretations and engagements in the arts.

We invite proposals for our Arts Research programme from researchers and practitioners who are interested in undertaking research projects that investigate marginalised or relatively unexplored areas; intend to create spaces for dialogue between theory and practice; offer new readings/frameworks of artistic practices; and use interdisciplinary approaches to break new conceptual ground, among other things.

IFA specifically encourages projects in Indian languages other than English, so as to contribute to discourse in particular language contexts.

Research projects should have clear research objectives, in-depth background survey, critical research questions, rigorous methodologies and specific outcomes that will be shared in the public domain. The outcomes could be books, essays, films, etc.

Programme Executive Tanveer Ajsi talks about the Arts Research programme
and how you can apply in this video below.

Please write to the Programme Executive, Tanveer Ajsi at with any questions or enquiries.