Saryu Doshi Post Graduate Fellowships 2018

With the cost of education becoming quite a costly affair, a lot of talented students are unable to fulfil their dream for higher studies. Today, the need for Humanities Scholarships and Fellowships in India is compelling and critical for our students more than ever before.

There are many public and private organizations in India that help talented students in need of financial assistance. The Vinod & Saryu Doshi Foundation is one such non-profit charity trust that supports initiatives in the fields of Art & Culture, Education, and Community. This foundation extends its support towards education by setting up a rigorous and challenging Post Graduate Fellowships in Liberal Arts & Sciences.

The main aim of the fellowship program is to enhance higher education by giving an opportunity to academically bright students who have the drive to succeed but are unable to do so due to their financial challenges.

Eligibility for Saryu Doshi Post Graduate Fellowships 2018:

  • Saryu Doshi Post Graduate Fellowships supports students of Indian nationality who have received acceptance at a University abroad to pursue post-graduation studies commencing for August or September or October 2018.
  • The Fellowships are applicable to the fields of Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, and
  • The maximum amount for the Fellowship is up to Rs 3 lakhs per candidate, which will be payable as a one-time
  • The last day to submit the application for Saryu Doshi Post Graduate Fellowship 2018 is May 7th,
  • Candidates studying in the final year of the degree or equivalent may also apply for this fellowship provided they are able to submit their final year certificates before May 07th, 2018.
  • For more details on this program, candidates can visit: http://vsdf.org

VSDF is one of the most recognized organizations that offers Humanities Scholarships and fellowships in India.  VSDF has spent a considerable part of their lives supporting causes in the fields of Art & Culture, Education, and Community. Thanks to all the kind people working under this foundation, and the owners who are supporting the trust financially, in fulfilling and enhancing the less fortunate student’s life both financially and mentally. Else it would be difficult for our skilled students to fulfill their dreams in case of lack of support.

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Vinod and Saryu Doshi Foundation Theatre Festival in Pune 2018

Theatre festivals not only catalyze the theatre culture in India but also provide a platform for new talent and unique works. These festivals make their best to keep the creative culture on its toes in the country. Since they are organized in different cities, each festival comes with its own unique flavors and features absorbed from the culture around it. Moreover, they explore a wide range of talents and styles of theatre, making it an experience no one would want to miss. If you’re planning to take to explore some good, theatre for yourself, then here’s something exciting for you.

Vinod and Saryu Doshi Foundation are organizing its 10th Theatre Festival in Pune 2018. The Foundation seeks to embody the lifelong passions and values of Vinod and Saryu Doshi – who believe that the mind is enriched through education and the spirit through art and culture. This popular theatre festival in Pune 2018 will be organized at ‘Yashwantrao Chavan Natyarguha’ from February 19-23 at 7.30 pm.  The schedule is as follows:

  • The festival begins with a modern Indian theatre classic – ‘Mahanirvan’ written and directed by Satish Alekar. Language – Marathi
  • Day 2 will showcase the performance of ‘Words have been uttered’. It explores the expression of dissent written by Sapan Saran and Irawati Karnik, directed by Sunil Shanbag. Language – Urdu/Hindi/Punjabi
  • Day 3 will stage a Hindi musical ‘Bandish 20-20000 Hz’ by Purva Naresh. Language –  Hindi
  • Day 4 will showcase a ‘Mahabharata’ – unique performance art piece created using puppets and live bodies by Delhi-based and international acclaimed artist Anurupa Roy. Language – Hindi/English
  • The festival will wind up with ‘Yayati’ – a modern Indian theatre classic written by Girish Karnad and directed by Arundhati Raja. Language – English

This upcoming Vinod and Saryu Doshi theatre festival in Pune 2018 is absolutely special. The festival plans to revive two classical plays, one each in Marathi and Kannada.  These plays will be brought alive for a completely new audience. In fact, ‘Yayati’ – Karnad’s classic from the 60’s will be staged for the first time in Pune. The best part of this theatre festival in Pune 2018 is the post-play interaction between the makers and the audience.

Vinod and Saryu Doshi’s theatre festival is a melting pot of ideas, talent and inspiration, and a symbol of India’s buzzing theatre culture.  This event has showcased memorable performances include Naseeruddin Shah’s Ismat Apke Naam and Mohit Takalkar’s Gajab Kahani (commissioned for the festival) that was consequently invited to perform at the prestigious Bharat Rang Mahotsav in Delhi. With great value to young playwrights, directors and other ‘rangkarmis’ The Vinod Doshi Theatre Festival continues to be a talent house for theatre connoisseurs.

Performing Arts in India

At the Vinod & Saryu Doshi Foundation, our core objective within the Art & Cultural space is to support growth and sustainability of Performing Arts in India. Mr Maitreya Doshi, our Managing Trustee has identified three tangible areas within the Art & Culture space, two of which directly address the Performing Arts of India; Our objectives are to nurture playwrights, actors, musicians and dancers and to foster the visual and performing arts through exhibitions, conclaves, festivals and concerts.

Over the years, the Foundation has remained true to its vision. Our flagship property, the Vinod Doshi Annual Theatre Festival soon celebrates its 10th anniversary of experimental theatre, commissioned plays, first time productions in Pune and some of Indian theatre’s finest showcasing their plays. This is followed closely on the heels of the Theatre fellowship which we supported, curated by the Sahitya Rangabhoomi Pratishthan Trust for 47 young theatre practitioners to pursue their passion for theatre.

That’s not all. The Foundation proudly collaborated with the National Center for Performing Arts (NCPA) for three years to sponsor the cutting edge festival of premiering plays, Centerstage.

What few may know is that the contribution of the Doshi family, the late Mr Vinod Doshi and his wife Dr. Saryu Doshi, to the Performing Arts in India, way before experimental theatre was a recognized genre. Walchand Terrace, which belonged to the Doshi family was one of three places which had a very special significance to Mumbai’s cultural scene in the ‘60s. These locations were literally where experimental theatre in India was born. The ground floor of Walchand Terrace, a building in Tardeo owned by the Lalchand Hirachand Group (of which the late Mr Vinod Doshi was a partner) was offered to Satyadev Dubey by the Doshis and served as a sort of laboratory for theatre practitioners like Girish Karnad, Sunil Pradhan, Amol Palekar, Ratna Pathak Shah, Mohan Rakesh and Badal Sircar. There was barely any documentation about these venues until The Scenes We Made: An Oral History of Experimental Theatre in Mumbai was published in December 2015. Edited by writer Shanta Gokhale and spearheaded by theatre director Sunil Shanbag, the book is a collection of memories of artists and theatrewallahs who had worked in these places.

In music, there has also been considerable support to genres which are not mainstream in the Performing Arts in India. The Foundation partnered with Giving Voices Society, a unique initiative to raise the standard of Western classical singing in the form of art song and opera, in India by supporting two talented students to pursue their education in western classical music.

Experimental Theatre in Pune and Mumbai – Last 10 years

Next year marks the 10th anniversary of the Annual Vinod Doshi Theatre festival, a much anticipated event for performing arts in India. This Pune theatre festival is no ordinary occurrence. To best understand its significance and origin, we must learn a little more about why it was founded. Vinod Doshi, an eminent Indian industrialist and one of country’s foremost supporters of experimental theatre and cinema, spent his life deeply involved in this performance genre. During the late 60s and 70s, a great number of play readings and get togethers happened due to his and his wife, Dr. Saryu Doshi’s generosity where they threw open their own home as an incubator for what we now know, understand and appreciate as experimental theatre. To celebrate this passion, their son, Maitreya Doshi, Managing Trustee of the Vinod & Saryu Doshi Foundation, one of the sole Foundations in India in theatre, amongst other genres of performing art and culture, commissioned this festival in memory of his late father. Initially in Bombay and then in Pune, the festival has witnessed a steady increase in footfall and acclaim. In the words of famous play wright and actor, Girish Karnad, it has become a ‘litmus’ test for first rate theatre. Whats more, the festival has attracted an audience beyond the traditional Marathi speaking theatre goers of Pune. It has always striven to be multilingual. With that, as all festivals should strive to do, it has served as a platform of dialogue, ideas, concepts and view points. Last year’s five day program offered a wide set of themes which catered to different palates. Age old issues of religious conflict and dogmatism, freedom of expression, life, philosophy, metaphorical representations of love, life and loss. It has even featured a non – verbal play to show case social struggle and a Kannada play which revolved around gender identity.

The festival despite is quiet cutting edge persona, also has offered some classic crowd pullers. This has included a revival of Vijay Tendulkar’s celebrated “Gashiram Kotwal” and works such as ‘Gajab Kahani’ by the establishing Mohit Talkalkar. It has become a coveted platform for up and coming play wrights and directors to showcase their work. The festival typically takes place between February and March each year at the Yashwantrao Chavan Natyagruha in Kothrud, Pune, often in conjunction with a theatre fellowship awarded for 10 years to talented amateur theatre practitioners. In total, the Foundation has awarded over 50 such performing arts fellowships in India in association with the Sathitya Rangabhoomi Prathistan.

Fellowship Award Announcement

The Vinod & Saryu Doshi Foundation recently announced its winners of the Saryu Doshi Post Graduate Fellowships in Liberal Arts & Social Sciences. This much awaited announcement has proved ac source of much cheer for those seeking Humanities Scholarships and Fellowships in India. Join us as we introduce these four bright minds of whom we are so proud and keen to be a part of their life’s journey.

Mahesh C.R., from Hyderabad is a remarkable young man. An Engineer by qualification, Mahesh got involved with grassroots issues in India after her spent time as a senior consultant with Ernst & Young leading the largest skill development program envisioned in Bangladesh. He has been instrumental in empowering over 10,000 students with training and skill building. Mahesh has sold newspapers, catered food, worked part time in his young existence. All of this gave him an understanding of the nuances of skill development and the importance of tackling unemployment. He seeks to work with a policy think tank of the Government of India for which his Masters in Public Policy and administration at Harvard will be of immense help.

Mahesh says “Government spending on social change is the largest in any country’s economy. Efficient utilization of these resources is the biggest way to impact people’s lives. The desire to be a part of the Political system and bring about social change is what inspired me to pursue this program. The fellowship serves as an encouragement and helps me focus on making best use of the time and resources here at Harvard” Recently, the South Asia Institute at Harvard hosted India’s Honorable Finance Minister, Mr Arun Jaitley for a talk on tax reforms. Mahesh helped organize this event and represented India at Harvard.

Raghuveer Meena from Bhilwara, Rajasthan is pursuing his Masters of Law in Intellectual Property Law from the George Washington University Law School, Washington DC, USA. His love for art and creativity and a deep passion to protect it converged to inspire him to pursue Intellectual Property Law.
Raghuveer has an interesting and inspiring story. The son of a constable, Raghuveer spent his youth shuttling from one state to another till class X, from Hindi medium Government schools. He was deeply passionate about law and applied to NLSIU (National Law School of India University), one of the most prestigious law schools in the country. Not only did he have to learn English very quickly to compete with thousands of bright minds, but he also ended up topping the class!. He was the first person from his district to graduate from the best law school in India.

What few may know about Raghuveer is that he has consciously cultivated a deep interest in photography. Even though he didn’t even own his own camera he made it a habit to put a watermark on his work to protect his property. This was his point of entry into the field of IPR and Competition Law to protect creations of artists and inventors.

Ranjita Ganesan, from Thane, Maharashtra is pursuing her Master of Arts in Iranian Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

In her words “An appetite for Persian cinema and arts made me curious about the region and encouraged me to examine Iran’s significant archive of politics, philosophy, poetry, and pain. This Fellowship award is truly heartening as it supports the pursuit of area studies, a relatively under-explored discipline within the liberal arts”

The daughter of a Mechanical Engineer, Ranjita has a diploma in Print Journalism and has spent time with Hindustan times as an intern and Business Standard as a Princopal Feature writer. She was awarded the “Business Standard – Seema Nazareth Award”for excellence in print journalism in 2013. She has faced rejection as a junior reporter, being turned away for being too young and inexperienced, and has proved her resilience in this field. She plans to seek opportunities with KR Cama Oriental Institute, Pune’s BORI and UNESCO- Parzor to research aspects of the arts, culture and politics of Peria as she believes ideas and wisdom from such significantly old cultures are somewhat overlooked and could be extremely valuable as the common record of the human experience today.

Sonali Udaybabu from Bangalore, Karnataka believes that honing the personal voice to make art can have the universal power to create progress and change. This is precisely why she has chosen to study towards her Master of Fine Arts in Film and Media Arts from Temple University, USA. She has designed and conducted a workshop on “Having your privacy and keeping it too”online safety strategies to protect human rights and advocacy, supported by the Quill Foundation. She wants to make films about India that push boundaries of form and content. Her prior experience as a hybrid media professional and part time co – editor for In Plainspeak, an online magazine on sexuality in Global South inspired her to add documentary filmmaking as yet another talent she could use as a medium for her core focus on activism for issues on gender, sexuality and human rights.

How to get an art scholarship?

Currently, In India, if you are a young, up and coming artist, you have limited options for financial support while you pursue further studies or promote your Art. Art Scholarships in India are limited to a few, albeit eminent, private Foundations and Government opportunities. These often stipulate tenure, terms and residencies within India or are governed by a co – payment schemes or loans. A different approach was adopted by the Vinod & Saryu Doshi Foundation, a non-profit charity trust that supports initiatives in the fields of Art & Culture, Education and Community. In 2016, we introduced the Saryu Doshi Post Graduate Studies Fellowships in Liberal Arts and Social Sciences to reflect the lifelong passion of Dr. Saryu Doshi, our founding trustee, who believes that the mind is enriched through education and the spirit through art and culture. She has spent a considerable part of her life supporting these causes. Noting a shortage of opportunities for Indian students who have gained admission abroad to pursue their post graduate studies at universities specializing in Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, we offer financial support of up to 3 lakhs each year for the best applicants.

Our past Fellows represent a diverse range of fields including law, education, film making, children’s literature, chemistry, policy, language and culture. Candidates often ask us what makes for a winning candidature. I would say that first and foremost, one needs to read and fill the application form thoroughly and completely and ensure eligibility for all criteria are met. It is a waste of time for the candidate and the selection committee to entertain an ineligible or incomplete form. That out of the way, the next step would be to pay particular attention to essay questions as these are your primary vehicle to showcase yourself as an exceptional candidate and show us how you stand apart from the rest. Allow for your individuality to shine.

Today, the art of the story is as important as the critical facts on display. Relate to the selection committee with your story so they empathize with the challenges and struggles you may have encountered to get where you are. References who are carefully chosen and letters which have been personalized for the scholarship in question go a really long way in shaping the selection decisions. Finally, the real art on How to get an art scholarship in India or anywhere is to prepare well for your interview, if shortlisted. The candidate should have substantial knowledge about the Vinod & Saryu Doshi Foundation. This shows that they have taken the time and effort to get to know us and are not treating us as a source of funds but a partner for life and an important stakeholder. Grooming, body language and appropriate attire are a must to show panelists that you are putting your best foot forward. Often overlooked, these little things go a long way towards making the right impression and securing mind space with interviewers.

Theatre Fellowships in India

The Vinod & Saryu Doshi Foundation is proud to be associated as one of the leading foundations in India in theatre. Over the last 10 years, it has showcased 9 annual theatre festivals in Pune and Mumbai. This entails over 45 plays, several of which have been specially commissioned for the theatre festival and often showcasing in Pune for the very first time. These plays have often reflected a variety of regional languages such as Hindi, Marathi, English, Bengali, Kannada, Urdu, Kashmiri and Panjabi. Says eminent theatre playwright, Girish Karnad “The Vinod Doshi theatre festival has come to be known as the litmus test for first – rate theatre” This truly makes this charitable trust one of India’s formidable and leading foundations in India in theatre. Over the past nine years, Pune has offered an opportunity to over 35,000 keen theatre goers to experience a five day, often path breaking immersion of never been seen before moods and milieus. In an effort to continue its title as a leader in Indian theatre, last year, the festival featured an interesting platform performance on the first day of the festival called “Sukhan” which was marriage of sufi music and mushayra as well as the “Meet the Director and casts” sessions after each day’s performances; a rare opportunity to meet often reclusive directors and understand the inspirations behind their creations.

Closely integrated into this warm and vibrant Pune fraternity is yet another initiative of which the Vinod & Saryu Doshi Foundation is extremely proud. The Foundation, in association with the Sahitya Rangabhoomi Pratisthan conferred over 45 upcoming artists in the field of performing arts with the Vinod Doshi Theatre Fellowships. Each artist was awarded a stipend for a year which held a ‘no strings attached’ tag, enabling the artist to follow his / her art in an unhampered environment. The result? Several of these Fellows went to on show case their performances at leading theatre platforms of note across the country, thus paying tribute to the Vinod & Saryu Doshi Foundation’s theatre fellowships. For three years (2014-2016), the Foundation also sponsored Centerstage, an theatre festival of premiering plays curated by the NCPA (National Centre for Performing Arts). 13 Vinod Doshi Fellows have launched their productions, acted or helped produce plays at Centerstage over the years. Manav Kaul, Bijon Mondal, Nipun, Aalok Rajwade, Ashish Mehta, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Suruchi Aulakh, Om Bhutkar, Abhay Mahajan, Puja Sarup, Shruti Vyas, Amey Wagh and Choiti Ghosh.