Nehru Trust Awards

Nehru Trust Awards

The Trust aims to achieve its mission by making it possible for scholars and professionals from India and the UK to develop and share skills relevant to these subjects and to gain access to Indian cultural resources both in India and in the UK.

The Trust’s primary activity is an annual awards programme for individual scholars and museum professionals from both countries in order to enable them to study, carry out research or undertake training in both India and the UK. The awards programme is announced each autumn; awards are made in late March and must be taken up within the subsequent year (1 April to 31 March).

The Trust also administers grants on behalf of the V&A Jain Art Fund, and works in collaboration with the Charles Wallace India Trust with whom it offers an annual joint UK Visiting Fellowship.



European influences in Mughal painting and decorative arts

The award helped me in the collection of photographs and reading materials and in accessing original manuscripts easil from various museums and libraries in India and thus increasing the value of my study.  I subsequently took up a PhD in the same subject at the National Museum Institute. 

Sudhanshu Nautiyal

Wood-carving in Saharanpur, Panjab

I received the grant when I was pursuing my MA at the National Museum Institute, New Delhi. It gave me an opportunity to have first hand experience of working in the field. I interacted with local artisans and got a deeper understanding of various aspects involved in woodcarving. I have no doubt in claiming that this was one of the first pieces of work ever to have been done on this art. Without the grant I don't think I could have done such a work, and the award has played a significant role in shaping my career.

Sumitabha Pal

Pointing Method of Stone Carving in Jaipur, Rajasthan

The grant helped me to work on this subject - a project that I had dreamt of doing but could not take forward because of monetary problems. It helped me to come to know about a traditional method of carving which is almost dying out. It has both helped my creative work as a sculptor and given me knowledge that I can pass on to my students so that they can use it in their work. I have also discussed the procedures with colleagues who work on portraiture.

Naman Ahuja

The Female form in Ancient Indian terracotta art

Dr K Rajan

To study the documentation of rock art in Tamil Nadu

Sathyabhama Badhreenath

To study Rashtrakuta influences in Tamil Nadu

The topic  for my second award was so chosen because there is very scanty material available on the subject which forms a vital part of Tamilnadu (an art rich state). Tamilnadu, known for its rich art and culture is equally adept at adopting cultures of other states, and in this sense, the art influences of one of the major dynasties of South India assume importance. These awards have given me encouragement and have honed my skills to view the subject in a different perspective. After completing the project report, I have given lectures to junior staff about my observations.

B Sekhar

To produce video documentation of museum objects in Tamil Nadu

The project focused on the video documentation of museum collections in Tamil Nadu. It led to a further project for which I also received an award from the NTICVA.

R Balasubramanian

To study the documentation on wood carvings in the collections of the Government museums in Tamil Nadu

Dr Hari Shanker

Terracotta art of the Varanasi region

Swati Chatterjee

To study the Lingaraja temple, Bhubaneswar, Orissa