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           Kalanand is an online grant giving contest for emerging artists in India aiming to support the artists who have completed their education or are self- taught and want to pursue their career in the field of fine art. The Kalanand program has fellowships that give financial aid along with recognition, an online presence and yearbooks printed and sent to all the leading art institutes, museums and art galleries across the country. 



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         Each year Kalanand hosts an exhibition of the grant recipients. The Grant application is online and has a reach in all states of India, including the Andaman. With a distinguished panel of jurors and more than Rs 40,00,000 in cash fellowships have been given since 2014. The 2021 PDAF Art Grant welcomes all emerging artists that would like valuable exposure in their art career. 

How does entering this Artist grant help you as an artist?


  1. It allows your art to be discovered by art lovers, patrons and galleries across India.

  2. It gives your artwork an opportunity to be evaluated by an eminent jury from the Art world.

  3. Participating in the emerging arts community is a stepping stone in itself to building a successful career. 



BEGIN AGAIN-: Light — Renewal, Regeneration and Reflection

Even though the pandemic has brought fear and anxiety in the minds of many globally, creativity is what keeps life afresh and anew and brings freedom in the inner atmosphere of our minds. Happy emotions follow thoughts of renewal. Happiness you feel is expressed in art. Happiness is our true nature, the essence of life. All that is expressed is a reflection of this joy of being ! May we recall this and create deliberately, let the expression flow in the light of sensitivity, inspiration and insight. If every canvas of life is consciously illuminated with a connection to our innate truth, it only brightens the world with goodness and harmony. If each one feels happy just in being present to the ever presence, what a world this would be! 


As you know, art, in its core, is a way of expression of the human spirit and our essential humanness. It’s origin is the fountain of life. This year for Kalanand 2021, we would like to invite you to consider to work in a theme of Light — Renewal, Regeneration and Reflection.

Looking forward to your illuminated works and appreciate your willingness to participate as you  are the very reason this platform comes alive. 







(in all mediums except digital)

SUBMISSION for KALANAND 2021-22 are closed for this year. RESULTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN MARCH 2022!

Any Indian citizen above the age of 18 as on 1st October 2021 is eligible to apply for the contest.

Only artists pursuing art as their career are encouraged to apply for the contest.

It is necessary that the participants give correct information about himself/herself and the work of art. Any discrepancy in the above shall lead to disqualification at any stage of the contest with no refund of entry fees.


 1. It is mandatory for the participants to fill up the correct information in the form along with their original work of art.

2. The entry shall be considered valid only after the entry fee of Rs.1500/- is deposited  

3. The entry shall be approved after verifying the information in the form. PDAF has the sole right to confirm/reject the entries.

4. If the Entry is not approved, PDAF shall return the entry fees to the respective artists.

5. PDAF shall disqualify the entry at any stage of the contest if any discrepancy in information is observed. 

6.PDAF shall be allowed to use the image of the artwork of the approved entries for promotional purposes.

7. Artists can make multiple entries in the same or different category. He/she shall have to treat each entry as separate and pay a fee for each entry. For the exhibition, artists will be responsible for the logistics of sending and taking back the artwork.


10 ALL INDIA GOLD GRANTS Rs. 50,000  each 

60 National Merit Grants Rs 20,000 each

(pan categories)

Merit certificates and Honorable Mention certificates at State and city level per category and genre.


The Kalanand award selection process is a completely transparent process undertaken by an accomplished panel of artists and curators.

Artists register and fill in their profile details online by clicking the apply now button on the website and upload their art image, and enter photographs of their artwork. The details are then checked and Google image-check is used to verify that it is not a copy. Following this, the form is accepted and approved by our team.

The artworks thus approved, are stored in our database, and judging files are created with the reference number and details. A large image of the artwork is sent to the judges in digital format (in a pendrive) after removing any identifying information of the artist. Along with these images, physical judging sheets are sent, marked with reference numbers corresponding to the numbers on the images. The entries are scored on 10 evaluation parameters, totaling to a score of 100.

Each judge does the evaluation independently and the sheets and pen drives are then collected from them and the scoring data is entered into an excel sheet and compiled. The awardees are then selected by sorting the total scores on the computer.

The grant awardees are informed by email.

The list of grant winners and award certificates are then sent to respective Patrons/CSR heads to sign. This certificate goes to the award winner along with the PDAF Award certificate and cheque of the grant amount.

The selection of the artworks for contest and the grants remains solely at the discretion of PDAF and PDAF only.





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   ALL INDIA GRANT AWARDS 2020-21     



Sumit Trivedi, Banswara, Rajasthan

All India Gold Grant Rs.1,00,000/-

Satwinder  Kaur, New Delhi

All India Silver Grant Rs.75,000/-

Devidas Agase, Badlapur, Maharashtra

All India Bronze Grant Rs.50,000/-



Partha Mondal, Sainthia, West Bengal

All India Gold Grant Rs.1,00,000/-

Laxmipriya Panigrahi, Baleshwar, Odisha

 All India Silver Grant Rs.75,000/-

Bansi Ramjibhai Dholakiaya, Jamnagar, Gujarat

All India Bronze Grant Rs.50,000/-




(FELLOWSHIP OF RS. 20,000/- )  



Pavan Kavitkar, Chandrapur, Maharashtra

Bibhu Nath, Cuttack, Odisha

Rasana Bhardwaj, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra

Mahesh Mahadeo Mankar, Bhadrawati, Maharashtra

Sandeep Kindo, Rajnandgaon, Chhattisgarh

Swati Vishwanath Sabale, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra

Richa Arya, Samalkha, Haryana

Sandip Baul, Bolpur, West Bengal

Manali Arvind Kulkarni, Thane, Maharashtra 

Janhavi  Khemka, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 

Bihan Das, Santiniketan, West Bengal 

Anjani Khanna, Mumbai, Maharashtra 

Tarun Sharma, Delhi

Pashikanti Kumara Swamy, Mancheriyal, Telangana 

Ritu Panday, Delhi

Shweta Mansingka, New Delhi 

Manjushri Chakraborty, Mysore, Karnataka 

Anupama Dey, Khairagarh, Chhattisgarh

Deepa Pant, Vadodara, Gujarat 

Neeraj  Singh Khandka, New Delhi

Keerti Pooja, Jamdhedpur, Jharkhand

Mohit Prakash Shelare, Amravati, Maharashtra 

Vivek Prabhu K., Mysore, Karnataka

Rajat Mondal, Ranaghat, West Bengal 

Vitesh Narayan Naik, Margao, Goa 


Jyotiprakash Sethy, Odisha

Shatrudhan K. Gupta, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 

Rinku Sandeep Shah, Mumbai, Maharashtra 

Suresh Kumar Singha, Katwa, West Bengal 

Vijay Manikchand Dhore, Hyderabad, Telangana 

Pinaki Ranjan Mohanty, Puri, Odisha

Jahnvi Soni, Vadodara, Gujarat 

Narayan Kumar Das, Berhampur, West Bengal 

Nilesh Prakash Shaharkar, Nashik, Maharashtra 

Ravi Morya, Delhi

Sanjay Vijay Jarande, Pune, Maharashtra 

Rajesh Prakash Wankhede, Amravati, Maharashtra 

Shailesh Chavda, Vadodara, Gujarat

Santosh Laxmanrao Kalbande, Virar (W) Maharashtra 

Srabani Sarkar, Kolkata, West Bengal 

Arun Dev, New Delhi

Nilisha Phad, Mumbai, Maharashtra 

Bhartti Verma, Gurgaon, Haryana 

Tanisha Bakshi, Gurgaon, Haryana 

Swarali Abhay Jape, Mumbai, Maharashtra

Harshal Khatri, Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh 

D Tulsi, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand

Digbijayee Khatua, Delhi 

Malay Saha, Kolkata, West Bengal 

Rahul  Balu Shedbale, Jaysingpur, Maharashtra 


(FELLOWSHIP OF RS. 10,000/- )  


Purshottam Pawar, Mumbai, Maharashtra 

Fakkirayya V. Chikkamath, Dharwad, Karnataka

Harshit Bondre, Pune, Maharashtra

Dasarath Das, Raghunatjganj, West Bengal 

Dr. Sonam Sikarwar, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh 

Yashika Sugandh, Noida, Uttar Pradesh

Pramod Apet, Pune, Maharashtra

Dharmveer Chaudhari, Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh 

Deepak Poulose, Chalakudy, Kerala 

Osheen Suri, Karnal, Haryana 




Bhupinder Singh, Rupnagar, Punjab 

Haimee Dwivedi, Udaipur, Rajasthan 

Anukriti Topporanchi, Jharkhand 

Khushboo Madnani, Mumbai, Maharashtra 

Kumar Krishna, Dhanbad, Jharkhand

Loganathan, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 

Daniel Babu, Ernakulam, Kerala 

Stuti Jain, Gurgaon, Haryana

Maitri Chheda, Yavatmal, Maharashtra 

Ashutosh Kumar, Dhanbad, Jharkhand 

Shweta Mansingka, New Delhi

Tisha Mavi, Noida, Uttar Pradesh 

Shalu Juneja, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 

Tridip Sarma, Guwahati, Assam 

Ramesh Kumar Jhawar, Erode, Tamil Nadu 

Sanskar Verma, Bolpur, West Bengal 

Nisha Chadda, Ambala City, Haryana 

Dhan Prasad, Hyderabad, Telangana 

Samip Suresh Sawant, Mumbai, Maharashtra 

Ravi Kumar Chaurasiya, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh 

Deepak Kumar, Amethi, Uttar Pradesh 

Shitangshu Mondal, Howrah, West Bengal 

John Joseph, Pondicherry

Tavleen Kaur Lall, New Delhi

Amrita Sinh, Delhi

Asit Kumar Samantaray, Bhubaneswar, Odisha

Anupama Chatterjee Hara, New Delhi

Kiran Kumari, Buxar, Bihar

Dhananjoy Singh Chowdhury, Agartala, Tripura

Rajashree Nayak, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 

Suneesh S S, Thrissur, Kerala 

Jayesh K.K., Kozhikkide, Kerala

Sanjay Kumar, Bhiwani, Haryana 

Sarika Goswami, Bhilai, Chhattisgarh

Prashant Anil Kuwar, Nashik, Maharashtra 

Conrad Pinto, Aldona, Goa

Leticia Higinia Alvares, Mapusa, Goa

Bedanto Boro, Rangia, Assam 

Chandrashekhar Vasantrao Waghmare, Nagpur, Maharashtra

Nita Madadeo Vyavhare, Akola, Maharashtra

Anukampa, Rohtak, Haryana 

Vysali Kalidindi, Hyderabad, Telangana 

Shahed Pasha, Kalaburagi, Karnataka 

Prakash Sheshrao Kawthekar, Nanded, Maharashtra

Swapnil Suresh Kshirsagar, Rajgurunagar, Maharashtra

Nagpure Pankaj Ananda, Chopda, Maharashtra

Lavish Saraff, Delhi

Dr. Giriraj Sharma, Jaipur, Rajasthan

Charanjit Singh, Jaitu, Punjab

Rajani Arya, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh

Rutuja Rajendra Rane, Mumbai, Maharashtra

Priyanka Yadav, Chandauli, Uttar Pradesh

Anusuya Krishnaswamy, Bangalore, Karnataka

Pritam Kaur, Ludhiana, Punjab

Serrupmir Timungpi, Diphu, Assam

Preeti Chitrangada, Mumbai, Maharashtra

Ravi Verma, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Debangona Paul, Silchar, Assam (AS)

Sukanta Adhikary, Taherpur, West Bengal

Omkar Nishikant Mankame, Karjat, Maharashtra

Abhisek Dey, Uluberia, West Bengal

Pradnya Durafe, Indore, Madhya Pradesh

Rohit, Mumbai, Maharashtra

Divya Singh, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh

Megha Madan, New Delhi

Dipti Madhukar Thakare, Mumbai, Maharashtra

Kiran Vinayak Gorwala, Dahanu, Maharashtra

Dhvani Patel, Vadodara, Gujarat

Mukesh Salvi, Udaipur, Rajasthan

Vandana Kumari, New Delhi

Nihar P. Sutar, Mumbai, Maharashtra 

Chinmoy Mukherjee, Kolkata, West Bengal

Ganesh Das, Saket, Delhi

Suraj Tatoba Lohar, Satara, Maharashtra

Amit Srivastava, New Delhi

Asish Maharana, Bhejiput, Odisha

Ganesh Krishna Chavan, Solapur, Maharashtra

Shilpa Dilip Mate, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra

Sameera Sardana, New Delhi

Baishakhi Mehatori, Dehradun, Uttarakhand

Darshan Mahajan, Dombivali, Maharashtra

Manjunath Honnapura, Bangalore, Karnataka

Dharmendra Laljibhai Sahani, Rajkot, Gujarat

Ritesh Yadav, New Delhi

Shrishail Basavaraj Patil, Kalaburagi, Karnataka

Intaz Ansari, Burdwan, West Bengal

Mahesh Virupaksha Soundatte, Ichalkaranji, Maharashtra

Yuvraj Govind Devkar, Pune, Maharashtra

Yojana Dehankar, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra

Sandesh Shivaji Khule, Badlapur(E), Maharashtra

Abhishek Pandey, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Manaranjan Patra, Bhubaneswar, Odisha

Rasmiranjan Jena, Bhubaneswar, Odisha

Rituja Patil, Belgaum, Karnataka

Lokesh Nayak, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh

Rakesh Ray Choudhury, Guwahati, Assam

Pavan Kumar, Dhderabad, Telangana

Saurabh K. Pramanik, Gurgaon, Haryana

Malabika Barman, Vadodara, Gujarat

Akshay Ajay Pai, Vasai-Virar, Maharashtra

Ramchandra Subhash Mestri, Sawantwadi, Maharashtra

Satish Sagar Arasgonda, Jaysingpur, Maharashtra

Manmita Ray, Guwahati, Assam

Pramod Apet, Pune, Maharashtra

Veenita Sadguru Chendvankar, Mapusa, Goa

Tanisha Bakshi, Gurgaon, Haryana

Rajindar Singh, Noorpur, Uttar Pradesh

Kailas Satambekar, Tala, Maharashtra

Anupam Bera, Kolkata, West Bengal

Saiyyed Rais Saiyyed Bhikan, Shahada, Maharashtra

Rishabh Jain, Delhi

Asavari Prasad Gurav, Chimbel, Goa

Uttam Mahavir Sajane, Ichalkranaji, Maharashtra

Lalitha Bandaru, Hyderabad, Telangana

D Tulsi, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand

Anup Let, Mollarpur, West Bengal

Rahul Madhukar Repe, Kagal, Maharashtra

Faisal Zahoor  Ganai, Anantnag, Jammu and Kashmir

Ashish Kumar Maurya, Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh

Khushal Sahu, Raipur, Chhattisgarh

Mahesh Singh, Hazaribagh, Jharkhand

Kamble Sachin Bhaskarrao, Parbhani, Maharashtra

Shobha Choudhary, Kalaburagi, Karnataka

Srinivas Pulagam, Vadodara, Gujarat

Sumit Kumar Jha, Gangtok, Sikkim

P. V. Gangunaidu, Hyderabad, Telangana

Chanchal Durg, Chhattisgarh

Rajat Garhewal, Chhinwara, Madhya Pradesh

Hiren Patel, Vadodara, Gujarat

Rajnarayan Santra, Hooghly, West Bengal

Vinay Dattatray Sakhare, Ichalkaranji, Maharashtra

Srinivasa Rao Kanumuri, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

Gopikala, Patparganj, East Delhi

Uday Dharmaraj Bhoir, Aurangabad, Maharashtra

Anirban Sheth, Howrah, West Bengal

Sanjay Laxman Nora, Solapur, Maharashtra

Akangsenep Jamir, Dimapur, Nagaland

Chetan Negi, Kotdwara, Uttarakhand

Niti Jain, Kawardha, Chhattisgarh

Chemat Dorjey, Leh, Jammu and Kashmir

Manish Kumar Gond, DehraGopipur, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh

Moirangthem Krishnakanta Singh, Kakching, Manipur

Rangskhembor Mawblei, Pyndengumiong, Meghalaya

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