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.

 

Sharmila Das

A study of the cultural contribution of the Gajapati rulers of Orissa

Dr Usha Rani Tewari

A study of the art of the transition-phase in Northern India

Dr V Jeyaraj

A technical study of the Coins of the Nawabs of Arcot

Gina Kapur

A study of the floral motif in Mughal decorative art

Sudhir Kumar

A study of Madhubani paintings

Richa Modawel

A study of traditional cloth paintings of Rajasthan

Soumhya Venkatesan

To study the mat and silk weaving traditions of Pattamadai village and Kanchipuram town in Tamil Nadu

I would like to thank the Trustees for their timely and generous awards. In the year following my Cambridge M Phil I returned to India  and was given a second grant to conduct ethnographic research among weaving communities. This work formed  a pre-PhD pilot study and I returned to Cambridge in 1996 to commence work on my PhD entitled  "Crafting discourse: mat weaving in Pattamadai, South India". I was awarded the PhD in 2002.

Dr K Rajan

A study of the traditional bead-making industry of Periya district of Tamil Nadu

The grant served as seed money to carry out the preliminary studies which helped to take up the major work in the selected field. For instance the feasibility study helped to get major research project funding from the Indian National Science Academy.

Anupam K Sah

A survey of wall paintings conservation in Dungarpur, Rajasthan, and other sites

This was the first award that came my way when I was embarking on a professional career in India. I was full of hope and a vision of all I could do for art conservation in India and the award helped me take my first step in that direction without having to wait or lose steam. It reinforced my confidence in myself and in my belief that if there is a worthy idea and sincere effort then there are people to support you.

Kamlesh Kumar Sharma

A study of arms and weapons in Indian collections

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