Friday, August 26, 2016

Finding Your Voice: Workshop conducted by Anmol Vellani

Toto Funds the Arts
in association with the British Council Library 
is inviting applications for a workshop on
Finding Your Voice
by Anmol Vellani
Venue: British Council Library, Prestige Takt, 23 Kasturba Road Cross (Opposite Visvesvaraiah Industrial and Technological Museum), Bangalore.
Dates: September 17 & 18 (Saturday & Sunday) 2016.
Time:  10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
Fee:  Rs 3,000 inclusive of tea, coffee and snacks.

About the workshop
This workshop will explore the whole physiological apparatus of voice production. Apart from introducing participants to exercises to warm up, prepare and protect the voice, it will focus on how voice quality, fullness and projection are enhanced by using the muscles in the torso, correct breathing, engaging the palate and resonators, and discovering the natural pitch of your voice. The workshop is expected to benefit actors, singers, public speakers, teachers and other professionals whose work requires them to use their voice frequently and extensively. 
Eligibility and deadline
The workshop will be restricted to 20 participants between the ages of 18 and 40. 
To apply, please send a bio-note and a short statement of interest, especially a few lines on what you see as the challenges and problems you have with your voice. Applications should be sent latest by September 12, 2016 by email to
Selected participants will be expected to memorize a few lines of a text for the workshop, preferably an excerpt from a speech or a play, in a language which they are most comfortable speaking. 
About the facilitator
ANMOL VELLANI has directed more than 40 plays in Pune, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore and Cambridge, U.K.  His recent productions have been Eugene Ionesco’s Exit the King, Georg Buchner’s Woyzeck, Slawomir Mrozek’s Tango and An Evening with Anton Chekhov. He has conducted numerous workshops for actors and corporate executives. He is the founder and former executive director of India Foundation for the Arts. 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Photography Workshop by Virginia Rodrigues: Call for Applications

Toto Funds the Arts
is pleased to offer

‘Chasing the Light:  An Introduction to Photography’ 
a two-day workshop 

Facilitator:  Virginia Rodrigues

Venue: The Jamun, 521, 2nd Main, 3rd Block, RMV Extension
2nd Stage, Bangalore - 560 094

Dates: 27 & 28 August 2016 (Saturday & Sunday)
Timings: 10.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.

Fee:  Rs 3,000 (inclusive of lunch, coffee/tea and snacks)

Deadline for Applications: 24 August

It’s a go click-click the world today! Everyone has a camera. And so do you.  But you might not have explored the full potential of your equipment. Or you might be reluctant to take chances with it. Perhaps you wish to nail the fundamentals of photography. Or maybe you simply wish to tell a story in images but don’t know where to begin. Then here’s the workshop you have been looking for. 
‘Chasing the Light’, a workshop for aspiring photographers aged between 16 to 30 years, will focus on the fundamentals of photography, guiding participants through the principles of exposure, light, composition, and technical and artistic elements. 
Seats are limited to 15 participants on a first come first served basis. Applications should be sent to along with a short bio note and a few lines about why you want to do the workshop.
Participants will need to carry their own equipment. A DSLR along with its manual and a basic kit lens would do. Those who wish to carry a tripod, spare lenses, laptop, etc., are welcome to do so, but this is not mandatory. 

About Virginia Rodrigues:

Virginia is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Bangalore. She is an actor, photographer and a performing arts documentarian. She started her career in photography shooting wildlife in dense forests and has now made shooting life on the stage her priority. 

Monday, August 1, 2016

Toto Music Award 2017: Call for Entries


TOTO FUNDS THE ARTS (TFA) invites entries for its thirteenth 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 reach TFA by 19 September 2016.  

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, heavy metal and electronic to instrumental and folk. 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 selected jury comprises individuals with experience as well as an open ear for new sounds. 

Only Indian nationals resident in India are eligible for the award. Since the spirit of the award is to identify and encourage young talent, you can apply if you (and band members if any) were born on or after 1 January 1987.

Over the past twelve years, the Toto Music Award has come to be coveted by young musicians because it recognizes 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 knowledgeable young music writers as well as veterans in the field. The jury will assess musical content as well as the potential of the artist/band. Professional recording quality is not a requirement but applicants are encouraged to make their tracks sound as good as possible.

How to Apply for the Toto Music Award

The application process is fully online.
  1. Go to:
  2. You will see an application form for the 2017 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. In order to do this, they must be up on (this is a requirement!) and the form will accept a link for each track.
  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.
  6. Samples List: Any audio samples used in your submissions over which you do not own copyright need to be declared in this section.

Further queries:
No queries will be answered on the phone.
Note: The decision of the TFA jury will be final and cannot be contested in any forum.
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

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Toto-Sangam Residency Fellowship 2016: 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 for the winter session 2016.

The fellowship covers board and lodge for a two-week period at the Sangam House International Writers' Residency located outside Bangalore. (For more information about Sangam House, please visit

The  recipient of the fellowship will have the opportunity to interact with writers from around the world and build a solid and influential network of personal and professional relationships that can deepen their own work. 

The fellowship is open to anyone who has either won or been short-listed for the TOTO 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 no later than 16 August 2016. 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 current address) and two attachments, one each for your statement of purpose and your writing sample.

The name of the recipient of the fellowship—to be determined by Sangam House—will be announced in the second week of September 2016. 


If you have been awarded a residency at Sangam House since 2012, you are not eligible to apply this year.

The Sangam House winter session runs from 18 November 2016 to 29 January 2017. Please do not apply if you are not available during that time.