Tuesday, August 7, 2018

M D Pallavi: Creative Journey

Toto Funds the Arts
Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, Bangalore 
are delighted to invite you to

Creative Journeys 

a talk by celebrated singer, actor and filmmaker

M D Pallavi  

Date: Saturday, 18 August 2018.  
Time: 6.30 p.m.
Venue: Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, 716, CMH Road, Indiranagar 1st Stage, Bangalore 560 038

MD PALLAVI negotiates multiple artistic fields with ease. Trained in Hindustani classical music, she went on to win a clutch of awards for Best Playback Singer in the Kannada film industry and make a name for herself in theatre, television and cinema. Notable among her international stage performances are the hugely popular Boy with a Suitcase, which has toured all over India and Germany, and C Sharp C Blunt for which she won the Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards for Best Actress. 
Pallavi’s anecdotal talk, illustrated with photographs and video clips, and interspersed with live singing, will describe her stage and screen career, from her national and international concerts and her musical collaborations to her acting, directing and screenwriting experiences.

This is the ninth talk in TFA’S Creative Journeys Series.  Previous speakers have been Gieve Patel, Sunil Shanbag, Surupa Sen, Jitish Kallat, Sampurna Chattarji,  Susmit Sen, Neel Choudhary and the Tadpole Repertory, and Jayant Kaikini
This Series provides a platform for both younger and more experienced writers, filmmakers, performing artists and visual artists to speak about the influences, impulses, processes and thinking that have shaped the art they produce

Monday, July 23, 2018

Toto-Sangam Residency Fellowship 2019: Call for Applications


Toto Funds the Arts, in partnership with Sangam House, is delighted to announce a two-week residency fellowship for writers at Sangam House. 

The fellowship will cover board and lodge for a two-week period at the Sangam House International Writers' Residency located at The Jamun in Bangalore. (For more information about Sangam House, please visit www.sangamhouse.org  Also visit www.thejamun.com).

The fellowship is open to anyone who has either won or been short-listed for the TOTO English Creative Writing Awards since their inception in 2006. Please note that the fellowship does not include a stipend or cover costs of transport/travel to and from Sangam House. 

Applications from the following genres of writing are welcome: poetry, fiction, drama and non-fiction.

Your application must include:
-       a one-page statement describing what you intend to work on while at Sangam House
-       a recent writing sample of not more than 5,000 words.

Applications should reach Sarita Vellani at sarita.tfaindia@gmail.com no later than 15 August 2018. If you have any questions, write to the email address provided or call +919880623357.

All applications must be sent by email with a covering note (which mentions your date of birth, your current occupation, your phone number and your postal address) and two attachments, one each for your statement of purpose and your writing sample.   

This Sangam House session will run from January 2019 to March 2019. Please do not apply if you are not available during that time. The exact time slot on offer between January and March will be decided by the end of August. 

The name of the recipient of the fellowship –– to be determined by Sangam House –– will be announced in the second week of September 2018.

NB: If you have been awarded a residency at Sangam House since 2014, you are not eligible to apply this year.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Toto Award for Music 2019: Call for Applications


TOTO FUNDS THE ARTS (TFA) invites entries for its fifteenth TOTO Music Award for young musicians and bands. The winner, to be decided by an eminent panel, will receive a cash award of Rs 60,000.

Entries should be submitted by 20th August 2018 at the latest.

Contemporary original music from all parts of India, in any genre and language, 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 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. TFA tends to reward music that explores new territory in the Indian music scene in the hope that the recognition and the cash award can help sustain it. The jury comprise individuals with plenty of music experience as well as an open ear for new sounds.

Only Indian citizens resident in India are eligible for the award. (Overseas Citizen of India card-holders are not eligible.) 

Age Restriction: Under 30
Since the spirit of the award is to identify and encourage young talent, applicant/s must be born on or after 1 January 1989.

Originality & Collaborations
All entries must be original compositions composed entirely by the applicant/s. All tracks must be released under the band or artist moniker. Applicant/s must own the rights to all submitted music. 

Over the past fourteen years, the Toto Music Award has come to be coveted by young musicians because it recognises excellence. It helps you to see where you stand among the best upcoming musicians in the country, and to get your music heard and appreciated by veterans in the field. The jury, which changes every year, will assess musical content as well as the potential of the artist/band. 

Recording Quality
Professional grade studio recordings are not a requirement, but with recording gear so 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. 

Songs sung in any Indian language are welcome. However, if songs are sung 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 the spirit of the award, we ask that all correspondence with TFA be conducted directly by the artist himself/herself instead of by the manager. Please apply only if you are ok with this.

How to Apply for the TOTO Music Award

The application process is fully online.

2. You will see an Application Form for the 2019 TOTO Music Award.
3. Artist Details: Fill in all the fields as required so that we have your artist details.
4. Music: We require you to submit 3 of your best tracks for review. You need to put them up on soundcloud.com (this is a requirement!) and the application form will accept a link for each track. The artist name shown in the soundcloud track must be the same as that of the applicant.
5. Pictures: 3 print resolution pictures of the artist/band, if possible in performance
will need to be uploaded in the appropriate section of the form.

Your submission should be available on soundcloud until after the Awards Ceremony in January 2019.

Unless you have won this TOTO Award earlier, you are eligible to apply again, but please submit new work for consideration.

Further queries: totomusicaward@gmail.comNo queries will be answered on the phone.

The Fine Print: The decision of the TFA jury will be final and cannot be contested in any forum. We reserve the right to use excerpts from your submitted music (if necessary) to publicise the awards either on our blog or in any other in-house materials. Otherwise, the copyright rests with the applicant and your submission will be put to no other use without your express permission.

Toto Funds the Arts (TFA) is a not-for-profit public charitable trust set up in memory of Angirus Toto Vellani who was intensely passionate about music, literature and films

Workshop on Writing for Young Children: Call for Applications

Toto Funds the Arts & Karadi Tales 

are pleased to announce a two–day workshop on 

Writing for Young Children
Shobha Viswanath

Soumitra Ranade

Facilitators: Shobha Viswanath and Soumitra Ranade

Venue: The Jamun, 521, 2nd Main, 3rd Block, RMV Extension 2nd Stage, Bangalore 560 094
Dates: Saturday 28 July & Sunday 29 July 2018
Time:  10.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. (both days)
Fee:  Rs 3,500

To write for children you must know what children want, and more importantly, what they do not want. They hate clich├ęs, predictable plot lines and the moral-of-the-story trope. The workshop will help participants sift through ideas to pick those viable in the book market for four-to-eight-year-olds. They will get writing prompts to start on their stories, receive one-on-one feedback from the workshop conductors on specific areas of improvement, learn how to ruthlessly edit their own work, get a taste of what it’s like to work with professional editors, and come to know the dos and don’ts of submitting manuscripts to publishers.
About the facilitators:
Shobha Viswanath is the co-founder and publishing director of Karadi Tales Company. She lives in Chennai and considers herself an accidental writer. She collects picture books and poetry books, and has written over 25 children’s books.
Soumitra Ranade is an art director, photographer, illustrator, and filmmaker whose films have been screened internationally, including at Cannes. He works in the animation industry. He has written two picture books for children, both of which take inspiration from his sons’ overactive imaginations.
The workshop, limited to 15 participants, is open to those between the ages of 18 and 40. Please fill in the application form (link given below). Deadline for submission: Tuesday 10 July.


Note to applicants
Once you are selected, we will let you know how to remit the fee. Coffee/tea will be provided but participants will have to make their own arrangements for lunch.