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Currently, there are many proposals under evaluation and we look forward to introducing you to the final grants in the next newsletter! The Arts Practice programme welcomes queries and applications through the year! We look forward to receiving your proposal soon! Click on this video to watch how you can apply. Please send your proposal in any Indian language, including English, soon! Visit our website for more information or write to shubham indiaifa. It attempts to achieve this objective through grants made to artists and teachers; and facilitating training workshops for teachers and block—level events for administrators.
This trip was designed to introduce to and enable participants to experience an overview of the various stages and periods of the arts. It also enabled debates on the important links in the fields of arts and culture, development, and education. It also helped me in having a deeper understanding of the team. This trip ignited ways of looking at new dimensions in art. It also infused in us a new spirit and energy to carry out creative projects in the future. I would like to thank IFA for providing us with this platform.
One of the sessions included teachers innovatively using waste material as props as they enacted different roles and themes. Through this training, we reached out to peer teachers, villages, 7, students, and 16, families. Such events are held through the year in various parts of Karnataka by faculty members and resource persons of arts and education—many of whom have been associated with IFA, facilitated by our Programme Officer for Arts Education, Krishnamurthy TN.
We conducted a three-day orientation from July 11 to 13, in Bangalore. This project is our attempt to see how the pilot initiative could work in Rajasthan. A three-day orientation was held in collaboration with Plan India in Bangalore in July to work on a pilot Arts Education project in Rajasthan In response to the Requests for Proposals from artists and teachers circulated in May, together we have received 60 queries and 43 draft proposals.
As with the previous year, programme staff devoted considerable time engaging with applicants to help them develop and sharpen proposals in accordance with the focus of the programme. These grants will be finalised in August and we look forward to introducing you our new grantees and their projects in the next newsletter.
The Arts Education programme has been supported by Citi India since Archival and Museum Fellowships AMF The Archival and Museum Fellowships initiative seeks to provide practitioners and researchers with the opportunity to generate new, critical and creative approaches to reading, seeing, and interacting with materials in archives and museums. It is also invested in energising these spaces as platforms for dialogue and discourse, to create awareness and increase public engagement.
New Archival Fellowships awarded We are delighted to introduce you to the recipients of four diverse Archival Fellowships and their projects! The cultural history archives at CSSSC contains a wide variety of visual materials across genres from 19th and 20th century Bengal and includes books, journals, popular paintings, prints, posters, hoardings, advertisements and commercial art productions. The archive has also recently acquired the digitised records of the Calcutta Improvement Trust CIT which records the urban and municipal history of 20th century Calcutta.
On the other hand, Saptak Archives has over 20, recordings of masters from various gharanas, traditions and styles within Hindustani music, both vocal as well as instrumental. Both these fellowships are designed to support Fellows to work with archival materials in innovative ways. Researcher Diksha Dhar will explore the relationship between the city of Kolkata and its citizens, and the many different registers through which the city is experienced.
Architect Nilina Deb Lal will focus specifically on the legacy of the Calcutta Improvement Trust CITthe records of which document the urban and municipal history of 20th century Calcutta.
This project will study the growth of the city of Kolkata in the years preceding the formation of the Trust inas well as the alterations in the years that came after. Archival Fellowships with Saptak Archives: She will attempt to compile an important resource that not only traces the journey of the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana, but also studies how different ragas and bandishes have evolved over generations across the different streams within the tradition. He believes that listening to these old exponents is absolutely essential for the learners of music as well as for those aficionados who are listening to music for the very first time.
The Archival and Museum Fellowship initiative for the years to is supported by Tata Trusts. These grant showcases help create dialogue and in turn, become exciting spaces of discovery and discussion. Our staff also participated in various seminars, conferences, and open houses to talk about our programmes, projects and the vision of grantmaking and arts philanthropy.
Below is an account of these activities over the last few months: Read an article on the occasion in The Telegraph! In addition, a three-day workshop was conducted for school children on the techniques of stagecraft rooted in science. These activities were organised by theatre artiste Jayachandra Varma Rekandar and filmmaker Hansa Thapliyal.
For her project, Rongili studied the music and collaboration between two stalwarts of the movement—Hemango Biswas and Bhupen Hazarika during the linguistic riots of Assam in the s and s.
Read the report in the Bengali daily Dainik Samayik Prasanga! The show, based on research on the oral narratives and extensive interviews conducted of the tiger as a cultural, social and political symbol in Khasi cultural practices, saw between and visitors. The exhibition will now tour other parts of Shillong and Meghalaya. Cults of the Khla, an exhibition on the tiger as a sociocultural and political symbol in Khasi practices by researcher Avner Pariat at North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong from late June to early July, Film screening in Bangalore The film Palai—Landscapes of Longing was screened followed by a discussion with the filmmaker Jayakrishnan Subramanian.
The film is a metaphoric interpretation of Tamil classical poetry and artistic depiction of the desert landscape of Palai in Sangam literature. Juxtaposing the contemporary socio-political context of Tamil migrant workers in the Middle East and this ancient form of poetry, the film explores modern slavery, labour and migration. Click here to watch a discussion by Jayakrishnan!
IFA Staff shared details about our work, projects and the application process for our various programmes. Members of our staff travelled far and wide to participate in discussions on arts and philanthropy. She attended the second residential organised in Palmcove, Northern Queensland. As part of the programme, she had the opportunity to explore Mossaman Gorge in the Daintree Rainforest; experimented with the creation of Linocuts in a session led by local artists; and discussed issues of leadership with fellow participants.
The programme has given us the opportunity to look further east and learn from practices outside of the American and European context. This experience and engagement with the arts in Australia has been extremely enriching. We have been able to dive deep into discussions around leadership and the art sector knowing that we have a supportive peer network of 23 fellow arts leaders who bring a wealth of collective experiences to the programme. This initiative is not part of our grant programmes, but arises out of our impulse to connect supporters with artists in collaborative projects.
It also enables us to raise more resources for our grantmaking. We will be happy to work with you on diverse Arts Services, which include the conceptualisation, design and management of arts courses, talks, and workshops and for different audiences. The outcomes of this project will be a book, essays and collectible prints of old posters. The outcome of this project, a book, will study these phenomena in the context of various debates on iconoclasm within Islam.
Researcher Ashok Lote received a grant to research the role played by progressive theatre in Haryana, through the work of the Haryana Gyan Vigyan Samiti, in the struggle for the freedom of expression of women, over the past forty years.
The outcome of this project will be a monograph.
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Photographer Sandesh Bhandare had received support from us in to study the performance practice of Tamaasha and the lives of the performers in Maharashtra, through photo-documentation.
This led to the publication of a bilingual book in Marathi and English with his photographs. After 16 years he came back to us to return to the same region to understand the changes that have taken place in the ecology and practice of Tamaasha with the cumulative impact of socio-political and economic forces over the years.
He will receive support under this programme in the coming months. We are happy to be a part of the Kochi Biennale with a grant made to danseuse and choreographer, Padmini Chettur, for the creation of a dance piece, Varnam, which reinterprets a traditional Bharatanatyam composition called Mohamana.
The play written in Hindi is based on the history of conflict between Buddhism and Hinduism in the 8th century.
The play, set in the fictional town of Beerpur during the reign of the Pala Kings, enquires into the complex relationships between religion, power, politics, caste and patriarchy. Please do note that the Arts Practice programme of IFA is the only programme that does not follow a calendar, with our Request for Proposals being open all year round.
Visit our website for more information on the programme, and apply in any language, with your exciting projects. Arts Education AE The Arts Education programme is for Karnataka, and focusses on two key areas — training and workshops on integrating arts in the curriculum for government school teachers and administrators in education; and grants to artists and teachers to support projects that encourage learning through the arts.
Objectives for both events were to acquaint participants with the basics of literary and performing arts; build awareness on cultural diversity by recognising the diverse local art forms prevalent in their region; develop an aesthetic appreciation for local art forms, stories and poetry and employ them as possible pedagogical tools; and encourage free expression and creativity.
The programme for both sessions centred on discussions on the National Curriculum Framework and Recommendations, defining the power of arts education, efforts to improve arts education in schools, and creating conditions for learning and playing as facilitators. Photograph of one of the workshops conducted as part of the Block Level Event at Byndoor, Udupi District, Karnataka The following grants to teachers were also made during this period. BalappaIrappa Chinagudi, received support for a series of workshops to explore the significance of museums and museum objects, including coins and currency, with sixth grade students of the Government Higher Primary School, Sangreshakoppa, Belagavi District.
Jaya M Chapparamane received support for a series of artistic engagements to explore the science curriculum through poetry and the written word, with sixth and seventh grade students of the Government Higher Primary School, Birashettyhalli, Mandya District.
Nagaraja M Hudeda will undertake a series of engagements in the literary arts to address learning challenges associated with language, with the students of Government Primary School, Bylandora Gauliwada, North Canara District. The outcomes will include a publication and performances with and for members of the local Gauli community, who are migrants from Maharashtra. Siddappa Biradar received a grant to introduce students to the various aspects of different types of puppetry that is prevalent in the region, at the Government High School, Chibbalageri, North Canara District.
The outcomes will include an exhibition and a performance.
Nagaraja M Hudeda Left talks about his work with the students of Government Primary School, Bylandora Gauliwada The next round of Request for Proposals from teachers working in government schools in Karnataka, for arts based projects in their schools, is now open for application. The deadline for application is January 31, Follow the link to know more about the application process and requirements, and please spread the word!
The training at Sagar, focussed on developing new assessment strategies towards trying to fit arts education into a non-traditional assessment system, while at the same time providing arts education that is both critical and meaningful to students. The teachers were exposed to an immersive training process over these three days through three arts training modules that opened up possibilities for enriching classroom experiences.
The programme also aimed to bring science and mathematics under the umbrella of the arts to create a new web of learning. Photograph of one of the workshops conducted as part of the training programme at Hosahalli, Mysore District, Karnataka Archival and Museum Fellowships The Archival and Museum Fellowship initiative at IFA aims to give applicants the opportunity to work with archival and museum collections in innovative and original ways, to re-present them through new frameworks and make the museum and archive a more dynamic space.
The outcomes of these projects are presented at the host institution, for which we collaborate with archives and museums across the country.
We spent this period receiving applications for two fellowships at the Assam State Museum, Guwahati. One fellowship will be awarded to work with the Naga Collection, which contains more than objects that cover some of the major aspects of Naga material culture; and the second fellowship will be awarded to curate a series of events, based on selected objects from the entire collection of the Assam State Museum.
Do watch this space for news on the fellows who get selected for this programme. In this quarter we are happy to announce the latest Request for Proposals, this time in collaboration with Kalakriti Archives, Hyderabad.
We invite applications for two fellowships, each for a period of months, with the aim of supporting curators, art historians, designers, urban researchers, visual artists and other practitioners to engage with the collection of archival maps at the Kalakriti Archives, Hyderabad. The Hyderabad Municipal Maps Collection contains a set of maps of Hyderabad, commissioned by the Nizam of Hyderabad in after the devastating floods in the city.
The Prshant Lahoti India Archival Maps Collection with over vintage maps, spreading over cultures and continents, was instituted to acquire, preserve and interpret the heritage of world civilisations.
The Request for Proposals to apply for a fellowship at the Kalakriti Archives is now open! Do apply and share widely To know more and apply for the fellowship, please follow the link and also share this call with those interested in delving into archives and working with maps! The Archival and Museum Fellowship initiative for the years — is supported by the Tata Trusts.
Photograph of our grantees at the December, Grantee Orientation.