2017-2018

Dayasindhu Sakrepatna

Grant Period: Eight months

For the creation of a performance-work set within the frameworks of Bharatanatyam and Carnatic music, that explores queer identities. Drawing on personal experiences, this work - titled Shiva - will trace the story of a young man and poet, coming out to his mother through a series of letters and poems that express fear, conviction, choice, and importantly, a deep longing for his mother’s acceptance.  Imagined as a series of iterative performances, this process seeks to be a platform that will trigger dialogues around issues such as alternative identities, relationships, gender, sexuality, masculinity, peer pressure and mob-violence. The outcome of this project 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 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 wide-ranging engagements 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 its applications in 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.

Alakananda Nag

Grant Period: One year

For support towards a visual and written exploration of the idea of attachment in the minority community of Armenians in Kolkata. Using alternative photographic processes involving unique materials, this project seeks to bring a forgotten and almost extinct Armenian community to the forefront of discussions through a researched body of work. The outcomes of this project will be an exhibition / installation comprising documentary photographs of spaces and objects, negatives in the collections of the families and portraits of family members prepared using alternative photographic processes, a panel discussion as part of the exhibition, and a book containing photographs and essays. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will be the photographs, books and still and video documentation of the exhibition / installation and the panel discussions. Grant funds will pay for an honorarium, professional fees, materials, travel and accommodation, books and resource materials, stationery, studio hire, 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 Gokarna–Ankola region. The project aims to document and revitalise disappearing oral traditions of the communities, while creating a deeper and richer learning experience for the students by connecting their classroom learning to their own contexts.  The outcomes of this project will be an illustrated storybook and audio and textual documentation of the stories leading to 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 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 an honorarium, a workshop, professional fees for resource persons, documentation, production, travel and an accountant’s fee.

Mandeep Singh Raikhy

Grant Period: One year

For a series of workshops by a dance practitioner in five cities of India, pegged around the performance piece Queen Size. The workshops are aimed at generating conversations around sexuality, desire and gender activism raising critical queries about Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code constituted in 1861 that criminalises homosexuality. The outcome of the project will be five workshops. The Grantee's deliverables to IFA with the Final Report will be still photographs of the workshops, written comments of the audience, media reports and publicity material. Grant funds will pay for an honorarium, accommodation, travel, food, freight, workshops, professional fees, and an accountant's fee.

Sharbendu De

Grant Period: One year and six months

For practice-based research into the life of the Lisus, a forest-dwelling indigenous community inside Namdapha National Park and Tiger Reserve on the Indo-Myanmar border of Arunachal Pradesh. Through photography and video, the project will explore alternative aesthetic approaches of depicting tribal culture, as opposed to colonial-anthropological exoticisation. It will examine the making of stereotypes and the politics of representation of marginalised communities. The outcome of this project will be photographs and an audio-visual installation with podcasts and videos. The Grantee’s deliverables to IFA with the final reports will be images, materials from the audio-visual documentation and an accompanying manuscript.  Grant funds will cover an honorarium, professional fees, travel and living, labour, equipment rental and purchase, installation and an accountant’s fee.

Rohit Kumar

Grant Period: One year and six months

For research to study the discourse of dissent in the Natua Nach of Bihar. The project will explore ways in which Dalit folklore takes the form of political expression and resistance, challenging caste oppression and social hierarchy by providing a platform to marginalised communities. It will also look at transformations in the form over the past few years with the advent of technology and modernisation; and the role it plays in contemporary society. The outcome of this project will be a manuscript for a book. The Grantee’s deliverables to IFA with the Final reports will be the manuscript, an audio-visual documentation of the Natua Nach performances and interviews conducted in the field. Grant funds will cover an honorarium, travel and living, equipment rental, stationery and books, typing and printing, and an accountant’s fee. 
 

 

Rajesh Devraj

Grant Period: One year and six months

For research to study the life and work of Baburao Painter--producer, director and the founder of the Maharashtra Film Company. The project will explore the evolution of regional cinema in Kolhapur in Maharashtra by situating Baburao’s work amidst literary and visual cultures of his time, tracing his influence on and connections with contemporary artists, thinkers, writers and political figures. The outcome of this project will be a biographical account of him, which will be subsequently published as a book. The Grantee’s deliverables to IFA with the Final reports will be the manuscript of the book including images. Grant funds will cover an honorarium, professional fees, travel and accommodation, and an accountant’s fee.

 

V Padma (A Mangai)

Grant Period: One year and six months

For research to write a critical history of Tamil theatre during the early twentieth century, using the writings of Pammal Sammadha Mudaliar as resource material. The project will critique the categorisation of Tamil theatre into rural and urban forms and explore the struggles of practitioners against the backdrop of anti-colonial and the nascent anti-Brahmanical movements in the region. The outcome of this project will be the manuscript of a book. The Grantee’s deliverables to IFA with the Final reports will be the manuscript with images and excerpts of translations from the writings of Pammal and interviews conducted in the field. The grant funds will cover an honorarium, research assistance, travel and living, stationery and documentation, typing and  printing, and an accountant’s fee. 

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