funds the art (TFA) has announced a new addition to the list of awards for the year 2023. The award is the TOTO Award for Digital Art (instituted in memory of the artist Mehlli Gobhai
). This non-profit organisation was founded in 2004 in the memory of Angirus Toto Vellani
, who was passionate about music, literature and film. After Toto’s demise, his family and friends laid the foundation of the NGP to encourage young artists and provide them with a platform.
The annually held awards are calling out to all young artists to showcase their talent and win awards and cash prizes. There are ten categories of awards in 2023 —two for Music for a prize of Rs 60,000 each, two for photography, two for creative writing in English, one for Creative Writing in Kannada two for short films and one for Digital Art, all for a cash prize of Rs 50,000. Anyone under the age of 18 to 29 years is eligible to apply. Applicants can apply through their website by the name Toto funds the arts.
The Music Awards are being supported by Badri Vishal, the English Creative Writing Awards by The Mani Rao Foundation and Naboneeta Majumdar; the Kannada Writing Award by Bhoomija Trust, the Photography Awards by the Art &, the Photography Foundation and the Short Film Awards by O2 Financials and the Digital Art Award by the Estate of Mehlli Gobhai.