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Visual Artist

Date & Time

Thu, 1 Sep 2022 Fri, 30 Sep 2022


Location (for BIC Venue, BIC Hybrid and BIC Cafe)

Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India
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+91 98865 99675 bic@bangaloreinternationalcentre.org

B·LORE is an Open Call and grant from Bangalore International Centre (BIC) that wishes to document fresh crowd sourced perspectives about our city. Submissions are now open!

We are looking for a range of diverse stories in short, audio visual (AV) formats. Our aim is to create a collective memory of our city with your contribution towards the B·LORE online archives. Submissions can be recorded using mobile phones or any other devices.

Some of the subjects that you could explore for this are culture (people, customs, language dialects, food, work), arts (visual, performing), innovation, citizen involvement, inspiring stories of change, history (formation, pre-independence, natural, industrial), heritage (all kinds), local personalities, etc. This is a suggestive list and by no means exhaustive. We hope this helps spark more novel ideas!

Applications begin from September 1, 2022. Please send in your submissions by September 30, 2022. Download B·LORE Call for Submissions.

B·LORE Submissions

The final outcome expected from the selected applicants is an AV film (mp4 video) related to Bengaluru (Bangalore) with a maximum run time of 5 minutes including title and credits. The film can be in any language and subtitling the entire film in English is mandatory.

We look forward to B·LORE submissions that have elements of creativity, originality, interesting nuggets of information, humor and more. B·LORE will create a collective memory of our city on its website / YouTube channel and amplify them through multiple social media outlets.

A completed, submitted film that is accepted to be part of B·LORE is eligible for a total honorarium of ₹ 20,000.


Ayisha Ahmed, Visual Artist

Contemporary Bangalore is an effervescent place, a city bursting with energy and ideas, filled with creative, committed individuals, who have passions and life stories to tell and much happens outside of the media’s gaze to capture, that will provide a tapestry of hope and resilience.

Vikhaar Ahmed, Journalist

As someone who was born in Bangalore and plodded his way through its transition from a town to a global megalopolis, I’d love to see vignettes of Bengaluru’s allure; the juicy titbits that leave me hankering for it every time I go away even for a few days.

Usha Rao, Anthropologist

As there are many Bangalore’s that all of us experience, I would like to see something that is intimate – something that evokes the artist or story teller’s personal connection with the spaces and sense of the city.

B·LORE Application Process

  • Submissions for B·LORE can be made through this Application Form.
  • Any individual or organization can submit an entry.
  • Multiple entries are allowed.
  • Applications open on September 1, 2022.
  • Application deadline is September 30, 2022.
  • You may submit a completed film or a proposed draft of the film (with or without trailer).
  • At this stage, all video submissions are to be made available through a URL link that allows us viewing rights. We will not accept submissions in any other format.
  • We have constituted a 3 person jury to evaluate all the proposals / submissions.
  • If you are submitting a completed film, there are 3 possible outcomes:
    – It may qualify for B·LORE as it is submitted.
    – We may request you to make suggested revisions for it to qualify for B·LORE. It is up to the applicant if they wish to resubmit.
    – It may not qualify to be part of B·LORE. This is not a reflection on the film, but its perceived suitability for B·LORE.
  • If you are submitting a proposed draft version of the film, there are 2 possible outcomes:
    – It may be promising and has potential to be part of B·LORE post completion.
    – It may not qualify as a suitable fit for B·LORE.
  • Applicants will be informed of the status of their application by October 31, 2022.
    • If your proposal is selected, you will have one months time from the date of intimation to complete the project.

Rights of BIC and the Applicants

  • BIC reserves the right to accept or reject any application at any stage, without providing any reasons.
  • Once a final submission is accepted the applicant needs to submit a hi-res file and a write up about the film.
  • The Applicant will confirm that there is no copyright or any third-party rights’ violation in the final submission and in case any material is owned by others, due permission for use and/or inclusion in the submission, has been obtained.
  • The grant for qualifying applicants will be payable as follows:
    · ₹ 20,000 for a completed film submitted and accepted for B·LORE.
    · ₹ 5,000 for a shortlisted draft film which has promise and potential.
    – Completed film accepted post being shortlisted as a draft film, you will receive the remaining ₹15,000.
    · It is possible that some qualifying applicants may choose to forsake the grant. BIC welcomes any gesture that allows it to increase the B·LORE archives.
  • BIC is free to use the final submission in any manner it deems fit (in perpetuity, anywhere and in any medium) including making it available to others under the Creative Commons License. This would include adding brand and communication material to the original submission, or using the submission or snippets of it elsewhere, with due credit to the film makers.
  • BIC commits that all its usage will be non-commercial.
  • The original ownership rights of the submission rests with the applicant. They are free to transfer, license or use it in any manner they deem fit, without recourse to BIC and without upsetting, prejudicing, or interfering with BIC’s rights detailed above.

Email us at events@bangaloreinternationalcentre.org with the subject line “B·LORE Submission” if you have any questions. We look forward to your submissions!


Ayisha Abraham

Visual Artist

Ayisha Abraham is a visual artist who does installation art and mixed media work. She has made a series of short digital films crafted out of found footage. She studied Fine Arts at the MS University, Baroda, India, BFA 1987, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA (MFA) 1995, and did the Whitney Independent Study Program between 1991-92. She works as a visual arts consultant at the Srishti Manipal Institute of Art, Design, and Technology, Bangalore, India.

Vikhar Ahmed Sayeed


Vikhar Ahmed Sayeed is an award-winning journalist who works with Frontline magazine and is based in Bengaluru. He was born in the city to a family that has called Bangalore home for many generations. When stuck in traffic, he gets nostalgic for the idyllic time from his school days when he could zip across half of Bangalore on his bicycle.

Usha Rao


Usha Rao is an anthropologist and media maker. Over a decade she has been trying to make sense of what makes a city and what it means to people who inhabit it.  Her first film Our Metropolis  (2014) co-directed by Gautam Sonti,  is about the transformation of Bangalore and its aftermath. Usha continues to study the footprint of the metro on neighborhoods. She likes to bring together text, sound and images in her work.