2005-2006

Kamal Swaroop

Grant Period: Over three months

For identifying partner institutions, developing course books and film study capsules, and fixing a time schedule for a series of workshops to be conducted for students of film, design and creative writing. The eventual workshops will lead to the creation of a story-board on the life of Dadasaheb Phalke. By bringing together students of these various disciplines, the workshops will explore ‘the industrial mode of production’ in cinema—something which Phalke exemplified and which the current specialisation in the arts no longer allows for.

Ashok Sukumaran

Grant Period: Over two years

For creation of a series of public installations based on proto-typical electronic arrangements. The intention behind these pieces is to draw attention to the pervasively ‘wired’ nature of our environment. At the same time, by working with simple, almost every day arrangements and exhibiting outcomes in public spaces, the project will also form a critique of ‘hi-tech’ media art that operates in gallery or laboratory-like spaces alone. The installations will be documented and disseminated through an online archive.

Taran Khan

Grant Period: Two years

For a writer and a filmmaker to make a documentary film on the significance of Sufism in the lives of mofussil communities in the Awadh region of Uttar Pradesh. The grandfather and granddaughter pair will begin by looking at the changing perceptions of Sufism within their own family and then branch out to explore the intersection of religious belief, cultural practice and social mores in the Awadh region.

Centre for Environmental Research and Education

Grant Period: Over two years

For the design and execution of an ‘Art-from-Waste’ project in several Mumbai schools, bringing together the fields of arts education and environmental education. Individual ‘art-from-waste’ ideas will be researched, developed and tested, and then implemented in schools and evaluated. The project will culminate in the publication of a handbook that will be distributed widely and will be directed primarily at art teachers who work with middle school children.

National Institute of Advanced Studies

Grant Period: Over three years

For the development of teaching methods based on the visual arts to improve the character of classroom interactions and enhance the quality of elementary education in Chamarajnagar district, Karnataka. A team of educationists, researchers and art educators will build on the local community’s understanding of the arts and the crafts economy of neighbourhood villages to generate a curriculum and develop new learning and teaching practices. In collaboration with village school teachers, the team will produce a resource book and tool kit to enable teachers to use the visual arts in the classroom.

Sunil Shanbag

Grant Period: Over four months

For creation of a theatre production that will bring to light the suppressed history, subculture and marginalised lives of the mill workers of Mumbai, who lost their jobs en masse as a result of the textile strike in the 1980s. The mill workers once exercised a very strong influence on Mumbai’s culture but their plight has largely been ignored in the raging public debate and legal battles over the future development of the mill lands. The production will be shown to mainstream audiences as well as working class communities in the mill lands area and elsewhere.

Bodhaditya Bandyopadhyay

Grant Period: Two years

For the making of a non-fiction film based on the Bengali text Hutom Pyanchar Naksa. The film seeks to use the text––which documents the excesses, decadence and cultural richness of the nineteenth century Bengali bhadralok––as an entry point to explore the silences in the narratives of colonialism and modernity. Envisaged as a dialogue between past and present, the film will involve extensive documentation and interpretation of public life in contemporary Kolkata and of various subaltern art forms like khisti, kheud, charak and sang, revisiting places and practices mentioned in the text.

Jhuma Basak

Grant Period: over 5 months

For the further development of a new performance form called Versedance. Three short pieces of dance-theatre, based on poems by Rainer Maria Rilke, Amrita Preetam Singh and Jibonananda Das, will be created and performed in Kolkata. The pedagogical possibilities Versedance will also be explored with students at two universities in the city.

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