Nehru Trust Awards

Nehru Trust Awards

The Trust aims to achieve its mission by making it possible for scholars and professionals from India and the UK to develop and share skills relevant to these subjects and to gain access to Indian cultural resources both in India and in the UK.

The Trust’s primary activity is an annual awards programme for individual scholars and museum professionals from both countries in order to enable them to study, carry out research or undertake training in both India and the UK. The awards programme is announced each autumn; awards are made in late March and must be taken up within the subsequent year (1 April to 31 March).

The Trust also administers grants on behalf of the V&A Jain Art Fund, and works in collaboration with the Charles Wallace India Trust with whom it offers an annual joint UK Visiting Fellowship.

 

Soumi Sengupta

An archaeological investigation in the Tawa River Basin, Betul District, Karnataka

Sutapa Lahiri

Mature Harappan Architecture in Haryana: An Archaeological and Ethnographic Perspective

My interest lies in the study of Harappan period, application of ethnoarchaeology for understanding the continuation of tradition, and paleo-anthropological studies. In Indian context the application of ethnographic observation becomes very important since there is an amalgamation of modern as well as primitive tradition living together.

Kalyan Sekhar Chakraborty

The extraction and study of residues from Harappan pottery from the site of Kotada Bhadali, Bhuj District, and other sites in Gujarat.

Lahiri Sutapa Gita

The re-examination of material from the Harappan sites of Haryana, with reference to settlement archaeology, ethnoarcheology and paleo diet

R Ramesh

The examination of emerging settlement patterns between the Iron Age and the Medieval period in Salem region of Tamilnadu

SB Darsana

A study of burial customs in Tamil Nadu through the ages

Nitin Narhar Hadap

Survey, Documentation and study of Konkan woodwork art tradition

I undertook this project soon after submission of my doctoral thesis to the Department of Archaeology, Deccan College, Pune in 2012. This award has helped me in conducting village to village survey of the wooden temple architecture that mostly belongs to 18th to 20th century. This is observed in the Konkan region of Maharashtra. The challenge was to document the wooden structure before its further deterioration by the weather and human encroachment (In this region a new concept, rather fad is spreading speedily which is harmful to the heritage structures.

Anjali Duhan

Nath Sadhus in Indian Paintings

The grant enabled me to refer to the visual imagery and textual sources of the Naths (both primary and secondary) present at British Library and SOAS. With this material in hand, I felt confident to cross the barrier of centuries and incorporate material also from Mughal and Pahari courts in my work which earlier only focused on the nineteenth century.

Pankaj Sharma

The study of the processes and practices of documentation and collections management at the V&A, to assess their usefulness in the Indian context.

Suchandra Ghosh

Buddhist votive tablets from South and South-East Asia in the collections of the British Museum, Oxford and Edinburgh.

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