For the empowerment of students from a government school in the village of Gudadoor in Koppal District, Karnataka, to creatively link their process of learning in the classroom with the local folk-art traditions that they are immersed in. This approach to classroom pedagogy seeks to combat the corrosive influence of popular culture on the ethos of the school.
For students from a government school in the village of Gumballi in Chamarajanagara district toengage in the rich tradition of folk art forms that celebrate the lush natural habitat of Chamarajanagara district, where the school is located, thereby addressing the environmental concerns of the region.
For a special teacher and a Cluster Resource Person from Tallur Cluster, Byndoor Block (Udupi district) to improve learning abilities among students through the arts and to revitalise the local Cluster Resource Centre by making it a hub for local arts and folk cultural activities.
For a drama teacher from the village of Kalghatgi in Dharwad district to create awareness about the social and cultural issues that surround the school and the community, with emphasis on female absenteeism and child marriage.
For collaboration with young artists to video document the work of 180 contemporary visual artists in and around Bangalore. These videos will be uploaded on a website, circulated to regional art schools across Karnataka as a monthly DVD magazine, and screened every two weeks in Bangalore.
For research towards a short film and a website on K Ramanujam (1940-1973), an artist who lived and worked in Cholamandal Artists’ Village, an artists’ commune near Chennai. The research will shed light on the nature of his pen and ink drawings of fantasy landscapes and mythical cities, which reveal how his concerns were distinct from those of other artists at Cholamandal at the time. While the website will include documentation gathered from archival materials and interviews with Ramanujam’s contemporaries, the film will be an artistic response to the spirit of Ramanujam’s artwork.
For a solo, multi-media performance titled Light Does Not Have Arms to Carry Us. Inspired by the structure of richly expressive and percussive piece of music composed for the piano, the project will create a performance combining movement, mime, film and voice.
For research into the history and evolution of public transport in Kerala and the creation of a performance that will be staged on a bus. Engaging with local contexts, histories, literature and the everyday lives of people, the project will employ the bus as a travelling performance space that aims to explore new frameworks for performance and cultivate new audiences.