INTACH Scholarships 2016

INTACH Scholarship Awardees 2016

INTACH UK Scholarship Awardees

1. Anna Louise Maynell 
Topic: Changing Perspectives and the Evolution of Motif and Construction used by Eri Silk Weavers in North East India

This research aims to investigate the indigenous craft and culture of eri silk handweavers in the Ri-Bhoi District of Meghalaya North East India. The scholar aims to understand the relationship the artisans currently have with woven textile design, and the reasons for which motif may come and go from the creative vocabulary of the weaver. She will discuss the connection between changes in perspective of the artisan and the evolution of traditional motif, posing the question: “How do eri silk artisans maintain the indigenous knowledge of their craft while navigating the changes in society around them?”

2. Heather McVicar
Topic:  Likhai Woodcarvings in Kumaon Region

The ultimate aim of the research is to revitalize the cultural status and practice of Likhai woodcarvings and to preserve cultural heritage by finding new uses for the derelict Likhai wood carved buildings so prevalent in the Kumaon region. The research will explore the role of Likhai woodcarvings in a dual sense: as an outcome of local building materials used to fulfill specific functional purposes and as a cultural tradition that binds together people, places and resources in order to sustain particular cultural norms.

3. Tara Purnima Douglas
Topic: The Tales of the Tribes: Evaluating Indigenous Media in India

The research will explore how animation can be used as a tool to sustain indigenous narrative for future generations and secondly, to communicate the value of tribal cultures to wider audiences.

INTACH Research Grant Awardees

1. Alok Kanungo
Topic: Mapping Purdalpur: The final stage of one of the most predominant glass bead industry of the World

The study aims to record the whole process of bead making and will map the entire village of Purdalpur vis-à-vis bead furnaces to-the scale and make a model for any future archaeological problem and more so to record the last surviving phase of once predominant bead industry of the world and its unique technology.

2. Ashwini Pethe
Topic: An Atlas of Cultural Religious Landscapes in Kullu Valley

The aim of the research is to create an atlas of cultural-religious landscapes of Kullu Valley in Himachal Pradesh reflecting mythological, historical and current religious practices.

3. Deepalakshmi Jayapal
Topic: Database of Historic Temples along with its Precincts and Associated Activities: Kanchipuram

The aim of this research is to create a database of historic temples along with its precincts and associated activities, and develop a holistic approach to revive and retain the characters of the glorious past along with consideration for economic growth potential.

4. Diya Mukherjee
Topic: Copper Technology from the Harappan Sites in Chautang Basin, Haryana

The study aims to understand the copper technology of Harappans in lieu of functional relation of sites, and  socio-economic organization.

5. J Godwin Emmanuel
Topic: Assessing Natural, Social and Visual process in Historic Urban Landscapes: Case – Tiruchiraplli

The aim of the study is to evolve an appropriate method/model/guideline/planning regulation to Conserve natural, socio-cultural, economic and visual processes in Historic urban landscapes.

6. Krupa Rajangam
Topic: People in Places: Peoples’ Views and Conservation Practice in Hampi World Heritage Site

The aim of this research project is to investigate how ‘the heritage idea’, its ideology and practice, is shaped by the three communities – of practice, place (resident communities) and interest (heritage NGOs), at Hampi, a ‘living’ World Heritage site.

7. Kshitija Pande
Topic: Heritage in a Digital India

The aim of the study is to carry out a detailed analysis of how various initiatives in India are promoting Heritage using internet, specifically Social Media, to engage people and change how they interact with Heritage, thereby changing the dynamics of how Heritage is perceived.

8. Pankaj Modi
Topic: Understanding Distress Patterns in Arches and Domes in South India

The aim of the research is to investigate and understand the behavior, performance and distress in historical constructions of arches, domes and vaults in South India.

9. Ruchika Arora
Topic: To Promote Awareness of Architectural Heritage in Educational Institutions across North India

The study explores the system of architectural education in the United Kingdom to understand how heritage conservation studies are incorporated at undergraduate level and how it can help in proposing recommendations and create an exchange of knowledge between India and the UK.

10. Sarovar Zaidi
Topic: Documentation of Islamic Iconography in India with a Focus on a Dying Form of Metal Work

The aim of this study is to create research documentation of Islamic Iconography in India, with a focus on a dying form of metal work undertaken by artisans to make Shi’a worship related artifacts, namely Alams, Panjas and Zaris.

11. Tara Sharma
Topic: Mapping India’s Vernacular Architecture Analysis and Mapping of National Census Housing Data

The project proposes to develop a statewise map of traditional rural vernacular architecture based on an analysis of census data and secondary research of case studies. The census provides for the first time valuable quantitative data for each district across India enabling the identification of areas of high concentration of specific traditional building materials.

12. Vrinda Jariwala
Topic: Araaish: Understanding history, evolution, application and practices in Conservation

The aim of the study is to understand the emergence and history of Araaish, its scientific composition, application and current practices towards conservation.

INTACH Capacity Building Grant Awardees

1. Sindhu Nagaraja
Topic: Cultural History of Dutch Delftwares in India

The study will mainly focus on the arrival of Dutch Delftwares (ceramic tiles) in India, its manufacture, craftsmanship and other cultural and art historical point of view by taking ‘Our Lady of Good Health Church’, Velankanni, Nagapattinam District, Tamil Nadu as the main case study.

2. Sudhir Bhargava
Topic: Location of Brahmvrat and Drishadwati River is important to find earliest alignment of Saraswati River

The aim of this research is to identify the Vedic state of ‘Brahmavarta’ mentioned in Sanskrit books. Brahmavarta was the abode of many Vedic seers and it was the state where Vedic Sankriti saw the light of the day.