Noted writer Shreya Ila Anasuya has been awarded the prestigious Toto-Sangam Residency Fellowship 2019-20. Toto Funds the Arts is a non-profit trust set up in 2004 in memory of Angirus ‘Toto’ Vellani, who was intensely passionate about music, literature and film. It nurtures and encourages young artists in India through awards, workshops and other events.  

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  • Shreya Ila Anasuya has been awarded the prestigious Toto-Sangam Residency Fellowship 2019-20. 
  • Toto Funds the Arts is a non-profit trust set up in 2004 in memory of Angirus ‘Toto’ Vellani, who was intensely passionate about music, literature and film.
  • During the residency, Shreya will be working towards a collection of stories about “courtesans and other performing women” and “people they were intimately connected with, and the histories they shaped”.
Shreya is a writer of fiction and non-fiction, an independent journalist, and the managing editor of Skin Stories, a weekly publication on disability, sexuality and gender at Point of View Mumbai. She has received three Laadli media awards for gender-sensitive reporting, as well as a South Asia Laadli Fellowship. She has been twice shortlisted for the Toto Awards for Creative Writing in English, and Skin Stories has received the South Asia Laadli Award, and the Social Media for Empowerment Award for Citizen Media and Journalism. Her work has appeared in The Wire, Scroll, Deep Dives, Verve, Helter Skelter, The Hindu Business Line, Outlook, The Quint, The Print, Agents of Ishq, and many other publications. Shreya is working on her first book.
During the residency, Shreya will be working towards a collection of stories about “courtesans and other performing women” and “people they were intimately connected with, and the histories they shaped”. Shreya is the recipient of the Toto for Creative Writing 2019 for her critically acclaimed short story ‘Gulbadan’, which was subsequently published as ‘Gul’ in ‘Magical Women’, a collection of speculative fiction by women writers, edited by Sukanya Venkatraghavan. She was shortlisted for the Toto in 2018 but won it in 2019.
She has received three Laadli media awards for gender-sensitive reporting, as well as a South Asia Laadli Fellowship. She has been twice shortlisted for the Toto Awards for Creative Writing in English, and Skin Stories has received the South Asia Laadli Award, and the Social Media for Empowerment Award for Citizen Media and Journalism.
“I’m delighted and honoured to receive this fellowship to attend Sangam House. Some of my favourite writers wrote books that have shaped me during their time there. As the only residency of its kind in the country it gives writers like me the opportunity to work on books they otherwise may not be able to afford to focus on – this, to me, is invaluable. I’m extremely grateful to Toto Funds the Arts and Sangam House for this opportunity,” says Shreya to SheThePeople.TV
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