Dear Art Lovers, this year more than ever before, we need your help. Coronavirus pandemic has brought unique challenges for all of us. Independent art practitioners, researchers and organizations are the worst sufferer of pandemic. We appeal to you to contribute generously and make this effort, the Archives of Folk and Traditions art, a success.

Fellowship Fund

Fellowship Fund contributes to Folkartopedia Fellowship Program, which is an integral part of our mission, to support young fellows and folk-art researchers to engage with folk and traditional art practices in contemporary times. 

The engagement in the form of research, document and share enables us not only to preserve our cultural heritage for future generations but offers an exclusive opportunity to interact with the artisan’s communities and enter in the eco-system of Indian tangible and intangible cultural heritage.

Folkartopedia is committed to award a minimum of 20 fellowship annually, in the name of Late Upendra Maharathi for a period of 6 months. During the period critical research projects will be carried out based on in-depth background survey rigorous methodologies and with anthropological approach. All the research reports or some part of it will be shared in the public domain.

With the help of Fellows, Folkartopedia will create a valuable repository of text reports, audio-visual stories, documentaries, films, folk music collections, and others, one true representation of Indian indigenous art, culture and heritage.

Fellowship Cost

Cost of one fellowship
1.50 lakhs / year

Required budget for fellowship 
50 lakhs +

The exclusiveness and excellence of the Folkartopedia archive begin with the growth of our fellowships program. A monthly gift to the Fellowship Fund is one of the most effective ways to support Folkartopedia’s ongoing commitment to building an archive of folk, traditional and tribal arts, culture and heritage for generations. Over time, even small gifts make a big difference. 

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Late Upendra Maharathi, 1908 – 1981

Upendra Maharathi Fellowship

This fellowship honors Late Upendra Maharathi, a great artist born in a small village of Odisha in 1908, later appointed as a special designer in the Department of Industries, Government of Bihar, he established a visceral connection with artisans and worked for the creative intersection of art, craft, and design. His advocacy of erased histories of folk designs and crafts on the verge of extinction led to the foundation of the Institute of Industrial Research in Patna in 1956, which was later named after him as Upendra Maharathi Shilp Anusandhan Sansthan. 

You can send in donations using a range of payment methods. All donations made to the Folkartopedia Foundation are eligible for exemption under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act, 1961.