TOTO FUNDS THE ARTS (TFA) invites entries for its second annual awards
for young Indian fiction writers in English.
Two cash awards of Rs. 25,000 each will be given in January, 2007.
BUT: If you are older than 30 on January 1, 2007, or live outside India,
read no further!
ALSO: The spirit of the Toto Awards is to identify promise and encourage
young talent. Therefore, do not submit an entry if you are already
TFA is looking for entries in a variety of genres — the novel, short stories, plays, scripts and poetry.
The submissions should ideally not be more than 10,000 words. Pieces of
short fiction; an extract from a novel, play or script; or between five
and ten poems are recommended norms. Sensible combinations of the above
are acceptable within the word limit.
Entries should reach TOTO FUNDS THE ARTS (TFA) before November 8, 2006.
TOTO FUNDS THE ARTS (TFA)
H 301 Adarsh Gardens
8th Block, 47th Cross
Bangalore 560 082
Entries should be sent in soft e-mail copy to [email protected] as well in hard copy form to the above address.
THE FINE PRINT:
Entries must be accompanied by a signed statement confirming the
applicant’s date of birth, whether the applicant’s work has been
published in print (give details), and also affirming that the submitted
work is original.
Submitted material will not be returned.
The decision of the TFA jury is final and cannot be contested in any forum.
TOTO FUNDS THE ARTS (TFA) is a not-for-profit public trust set up in
memory of Angirus ‘Toto’ Vellani, who was intensely passionate about
music, literature and films.
Toto Funds the Arts
Toto Funds the Arts (TFA) was established as a trust in Bangalore on
September 15, 2004. It was set up in memory of Angirus ‘Toto’ Vellani,
who passed away in a tragic accident in Goa on May 24, 2004. Toto was
known for his poetry, music and film criticism and other writings among
various youth communities in the arts.
TFA is mandated to give awards, fellowships and grants to young artists
and writers who demonstrate flair and promise of the kind that Toto
displayed at a very young age. It supports talent that is yet to test
its full potential.
Its main focus is on the art of urban youth, which is least applauded
and encouraged in our country. Much of urban youth art is neither
classical nor folk, nor national or regional: its form is hybrid, of
mixed origins, influenced as much by the local as the international. It
is art that presages India’s future. TFA, which has been set up by those
who loved and admired Toto, strives to work with the same passion that
he brought to the arts.
TFA announced its first award on Toto’s 21st birthday: January 19, 2005.
The award was in the field of music because that was Toto’s first love.
In addition to the award for music, this year saw the introduction of
awards for creative writing. TFA is now inviting applications for its
2007 awards in both these fields. By 2008, the trust expects also to
have a Toto award for young filmmakers.
Beyond awards, TFA hosts readings and workshops to nurture new voices
and emerging talent in the arts. A three-day theatre workshop conducted
by Jaimini Pathak (Creating Theatre) was held in Bangalore in August
2006, followed by second one (Getting into Character) this month. These
were the first two of a series of workshops (covering theatre, music,
writing and design) that TFA plans to hold in the current financial
year. The trust is also planning to host readings by young writers in
Kannada. Hopefully, we will be able to make our first award in this
field in 2008.
We would welcome hearing from you if you have thoughts on how TFA could
further its mandate or are interested in supporting our work in other ways.