India/ 8.1 Support to artists and other creative workers  

8.1.3 Grants, awards, scholarships

Several government agencies offer various kinds of scholarships and fellowships. These include scholarships offered by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and by various Indian missions and Cultural Centres (see Section 3.4.1 and Section 4.2.7). The various State and Central Akademis have their own scholarships and aid structure (see Section 8.1.2). Overall, the Ministry of Culture offers up to 400 scholarships to young artists in for advanced training inside India in classical music, Indian classical dance, theatre, mime, visual art, folk, traditional and indigenous arts and light classical music. It also offers fellowships for research-oriented projects. Apart from the above, a slightly newer intervention is the introduction of fellowships in ‘New Areas related to Culture’, which include Indology, Epigraphy, Sociology of Culture, Cultural Economics, Structural and Engineering Aspects of Monuments, Numismatics, Scientific and Technical aspects of Conservation, Management aspects of Art and Heritage, studies relating to ‘application of Science and technology in areas related to culture and creativity’. The purpose behind this is ‘to encourage analytical application of new research techniques, technological and management principles to contemporary issues in areas related to art and culture’ and requires projects to be innovative, application-oriented and preferably interdisciplinary in nature.

Several private philanthropic institutions offer individual scholarships, either as grants or as loans: the J.N. Tata Trust has, for example, been a major presence, with top-up loans for students going abroad in addition to counselling support. Both the Sir Ratan Tata and Sir Dorabji Tata Trusts have a wide range of independent support scholarships, although these are mostly ex-gratia support. A major presence historically has been the Inlaks Foundation and the Charles Wallace Trust, which has typically always included artists in their fellowships to travel abroad.

Project support to individual artists is available from the Ministry of Culture, from various Akademis, and from some private Foundations. Of note is the India Foundation for the Arts, which is the leading independent grant maker for artists and groups for arts research and production, and development of their arts practice. Both the Raza Foundation and Khoj Intermational Artists Association now offer various kinds of support, e.g. in the nature of travel for residencies. 

Chapter published: 22-04-2014