Getting Ahead

Empowering through dialogue, interaction and support

Manu Pillai

Manu S Pillai’s first book The Ivory Throne: Chronicles of the House of Travancore, won the 2016 Tata Prize for best first work of non-fiction and the 2017 Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar.

We promoted and launched it at gallery g in January 2016. Manu's second book, Rebel Sultans: The Deccan from Khilji to Shivaji was funded by SGMF and published by Juggernaut Books in June 2018. It was nominated for multiple awards, including the Atta Galatta-BLF Prize and the Crossword Prize. The book went on to become a bestseller and has been critically acclaimed, not only by scholars like Muzaffar Alam and writers like William Dalrymple, but also in the press. The Indian Express refers to the book's "dazzling storytelling", while Outlook Magazine called it "fascinating". The Hindu called the book a "much-needed bridge between the isolated world of academia and wider public audience." Our contribution to the making of Rebel Sultans has been acknowledged gratefully by the author and SGMF will always support scholarly research and books that bring alive Indian history and culture.

Student Biennale

SGMF, which firmly believes in supporting and nurturing young talent, is one of the Education Partners for the Student Biennale which runs concurrently with the main theme of the Kochi Muziris Biennale.

KMB is widely acclaimed and has become a global talking point given that the country is, and has been home to artists of all genres. In the same context, the Student Biennale is indeed a refreshing theme and a massive platform for young artists to showcase, study and imbibe the work, technique and nuances from the established pros, whose works spark a global conversation.

Uru Mattancherry

Uru Art Harbour, Mattancherry, Kochi is a space for creating and sustaining art and culture, while engaging the community in the process. Uru organises exhibitions, other events and initiatives including workshops and residencies for artists, musicians and philosophers, and publishing books. Its first exhibition, Mattancherry, with 13 artists and curated by Riyas Komu, began in August 2017.

Jay Varma

Jay Varma, well known academic and realist painter, and a descendant of Raja Ravi Varma’s, is now in his 4th and final year of study and internship at Studio Incamminati, Philadelphia, under SGMF’s auspices Varma’s goal is to extend his technique and experience through mentor and peer reference. SGMF and gallery g will hold his debut show in 2020.

Chariots: Decorative Elements

We will also partner gallery g in Chariots: Decorative Elements a show of temple chariot artefacts, some over 100 years old. This is a major show of antiquities, which are being shown for the first time in Bangalore. There will be many more heritage shows like this in the coming days...

Arts and Crafts Calendar

Our aim to promote traditional art and craft forms will be through a programme of select initiatives. Some of these forms feature in the 2018 Maini Group desk calendar, a timely reminder of the need to work to conserve them all.

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