Saturday, September 16, 2023

Digital Art Award 2024: Deadline Extended

Calling all digital artists! The deadline to apply for the Toto Award for Digital Art 2024 has been extended to Thursday, 5 October. Apply now! 

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Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Save the Dates: Play Readings







present rehearsed readings of three award-winning plays

Saturday, 28 October 2023


Neel Chaudhuri's Godspeed  (winner of the TOTO Creative Award 2009)

Reading by singer-actor-director Pallavi MD


Saturday. 25 November 2023


Abhishek Majumdar's An Arrangement of Shoes (winner of the TOTO Writing Award 2010)

Reading by writer-actor-director Nisha Abdulla


Saturday, 2 December 2023


Swetanshu Bora's Pagdi (winner of the TOTO Writing Award 2013)

Reading by actor-director Vivek Vijayakumaran


Friday, August 4, 2023

Words Matter

Toto Funds the Arts 
is delighted to invite you to
Words Matter 

A conversation on the importance of words, the choice of words, and the origins of words

To mark TFA’s twentieth year, we present the first in a year-long series of activities – eminent poet, critic and translator K. Satchidanandan speaking to novelist Anjum Hasan against the background of his long and distinguished career in literature. TOTO Award winners for 2023 Aparna Chivukula (Creative Writing in English) and Dadapeer Jyman (Creative Writing in Kannada) will read selections from their work.

Date: Tuesday, 8 August 2023
Time: 6.30 p.m.
Venue: Bangalore International Centre, 7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage, Bengaluru 560 071

K. SATCHIDANANDAN is a bilingual poet, critic, playwright, editor, fiction writer and travel writer. A winner of 61 literary awards, he has thirty-two collections of poetry in Malayalam, ten in English, seven in Hindi, and thirty collections in no less than eight foreign languages and all major Indian languages. He also has five books in English on Indian literature, innumerable translations from world poetry and around 20 edited works. A collection of resistance writing, Words Matter edited and introduced by him, was published by Penguin Random House in 2018.

ANJUM HASAN is a poet, novelist, short story writer and former Books Editor of The Caravan. Her poetry collection Street on the Hill won the Sahitya Akademi award in 2006. Her novels The Cosmopolitans, Neti, Neti and Lunatic in my Head; short story collections A Day in the Life and Difficult Pleasures; and her most recent novel, History’s Angel, have received critical acclaim. Her short stories, essays and poems have appeared in publications such as Granta, Wasafiri, The Los Angeles Review of Books and The Asia Literary Review.

DADAPEER JYMAN, who won the 2023 TOTO Award for Creative Writing in Kannada, is a Kannada poet, writer, translator and a member of the Bangalore-based Queer Poets Collective. His short story anthology Neelakurinji won the 2022 National Sahitya Akademi Young Litterateur Prize and the 2021 Masti Venkatesh Iyengar Book Prize.

APARNA CHIVUKULA, winner of the 2023 TOTO award for Creative Writing in English, writes, draws and makes books. She teaches writing at Mount Carmel College in Bangalore. Her poems have been published in Poetry at Sangam as part of the New Indian English Poetry issue, 2022.

Wednesday, July 26, 2023

The Toto Awards for Music 2024: Call for Applications


TOTO FUNDS THE ARTS (TFA) invites submissions for its twentieth Toto Music Awards for young musical artists. Two winners, to be decided by an eminent panel of jurors, will receive a cash award of Rs 60,000 each.

Entries should be reach us by 20 September 2023 at the latest.

Contemporary original music from all parts of India, in any genre and language, composed and written by an individual or a band/project is welcome. In the past TFA has received entries in genres ranging from rock, jazz, hip-hop, heavy metal and electronic to instrumental and folk, being sung in English, Hindi, Kannada, Bengali, and several other Indian languages.
Although it is never easy to compare diverse entries, our experience is that talent and potential have a way of standing out regardless. Our jurors, who comprise individuals with rich and diverse experience in the field, tend to reward music that is adventurous and innovative, and explores new thought and intention. TFA hopes that the recognition that these awards afford young musicians helps them move forward in their music journey.

Only Indian citizens residing in India are eligible for the award. Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders are not eligible.

Age Restriction: 18 – 29
Since the TOTO Awards are intended to identify and encourage young talent, all applicants (including members of the applying band / project) must be born after 1 January 1994 and before 1 January 2006.

Over the past nineteen years, the Toto Music Awards have come to be coveted by young musical artists because they recognise excellence. They help you to not only see where you stand among the best upcoming musical talent in the country, but also to get your music heard and appreciated by our team and jury, who are veterans in the field. While coming to a decision on the finalists, the jury, which changes every year, takes into consideration both the musical content of the submission as well as the growth potential of the concerned artist.

Recording Quality
Professional grade studio recordings are not a requirement, but with recording gear easily accessible these days, we do expect a basic standard to be met. We believe that the recording process is an important one for musicians to hone their craft. We therefore expect to hear some effort being put into the recordings and arrangements, even if they are just home recordings. As a submission medium, we accept only SoundCloud links without exception.
(Unreleased and released work is welcome, but only via Soundcloud. Make the uploads
private and send us the shareable link, if you wish to send us unreleased work.)

Originality & Collaborations
All entries must contain only original compositions and lyrics composed and written entirely by the applicant individual/band/project. All published tracks must be published under the band’s name or artist’s name/moniker. The applicant individual/band/project must own the rights to all submitted music and recordings.

If your music has lyrics in languages other than Hindi or English, applicants are encouraged to send in translated lyrics to help the jury reach a better verdict.

Labels & Artist Management
Artists working with labels or professional management are permitted to apply. However, given that the spirit of the award is to foster relationships with the artists themselves, we ask that all correspondence with TFA be conducted directly by the artists and not their managers/representatives.

Fair Usage of submitted content by TFA
Your submitted links are expected to stay live until the awards are announced in early 2024.
Additionally, if you are selected for the longlist, we would be requesting you to send downloadable versions of your submitted tracks for final jury process and promotional usage.
All information and content entered into the application form may be used by TFA in promotional posts or events relating to the TOTO Awards and our other activities.

Unless you have won a TOTO for Music earlier, you are eligible to apply again, but if you are reapplying, please submit new work for consideration.

Further queries :

The Fine Print: The decision of the TFA jury will be final and cannot be contested in any forum. By submitting the form, the applicant agrees to the above terms and conditions. The Toto Music Awards are supported by Badri Vishal, professional tennis player and