In the last five years, it has supported over 120 alumni across South Asia. On Saturday, several of them assembled at British Council to celebrate five years of the fellowship programme, ARThinkSouthAsia (ATSA). “It was good to meet professionals whom we would never have known otherwise,” said museum expert Priya Pall, who won the fellowship in 2011.
Launched in 2009 by the Goethe-Institut, British Council and Pooja Sood, director of Khoj International Artists’ Association, to develop an arts management programme for India and South Asia, the fellowship runs over the course of a year, starting with a two-week residential workshop followed by a four-week internship or secondment with an institute in selected countries in Europe and South Asia. It’s now well-known winners include artist and art historian Suresh Jayaram, dancer Mandeep Raikhy and gallerist Bhavna Kakar. Sood said, “There is a need for revitalisation and professionalism in the public sector that runs several museums and cultural institutions in the country.”
There are over 15 winners this year including Niranjani Iyer, from Delhi, a dancer and an actor, who is currently working on a theatre festival in the Himalayas. The other Delhi winner is Mary Therese Kurkalang who runs the cultural platform, Khublei.