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.


Sanjoy Kumar Mallik

A study of Seventeenth Century Malwa miniatures

Richa Kamboj

A study of  the European influence on Mughal painting and decorative art in Indian museum collections

The award helped me tremendously in completing my dissertation as part of my studies and research programme while doing my MA final in History of Art at the National Museum Institute, New Delhi. It helped me visit various museums and monuments in Delhi, Agra, Varanasi, Jaipur, and Rampur, to study the original works and also obtain the photographs. It enriched my work in quality as well in the comprehensiveness of my analysis and conclusions. Some of the visuals were included for the first time ever in my report.

M Nandakumar

Contemporary Art in Public Spaces

Dipak Bhattacharya

A study of Company Paintings of Murshidabad, Patna and Calcutta

The award facilitated my resarch on company paintings and gave me the crucial direction for my investigation. This award with my other NTICVA award

Sabiha Rajan

To collect material for teaching Indian art in schools

Belur Shambu Chandini

Study of Sculpture collections in the Bangalore Government Museum, in relation to the original sites

Rangaswamy Sarangan

A study of Sculptural Figures and Ornament relief in Indian Temples

Sima Roychowdhury

Documentation on the art of Mathura, Sand and Amaravati in the UK

Dr Suresh Sethuraman

Documentation of Indian coins in the UK

Dr. Kavita Singh

For photographs of Bengali scroll paintings from British collections.

I received the grant during the course of my PhD on the picture story-telling traditions in Bengal and Rajasthan. These are traditions in which itinerant storytellers use scroll paintings to illustrate their storytelling performances. The sterling grant enabled me to order slides of the wonderful scroll paintings, particualrly from the J C French collection  in the V&A and British Museum. They were extremely useful, as these paintings are among four or five surviving examples of a superb, lost tradition.