The Kanavu Fellowship 2021 - 2022

About the fellowship
Photography and Film have the power to tell incredible stories, and shine a light on important issues and hidden tales. Which is why diversity in this space is critical; but the gender gap behind the camera still persists. As a small step towards addressing the issue, Studio A and CPB Foundation joined hands to start Kanavu Fellowship - a one year long program in photography and film-making for women who are yearning to make a difference through their storytelling. From hundreds of applications, five deserving candidates have been chosen for the 2021-2022 batch.   

Supported by: 

  • RR Donnelley
  • PhotoSouthAsia


  • Studio A
  • SPI Edge

If you are interested in supporting this project, please email

Meet the fellows

Bhuvaneshwari, 22


Chandini Ramesh, 31


Dhana Sakthi, 41


Madhu Priya, 40


Rekha Vijayashankar, 40


In this exhibit, the Kanavu fellows have come together to reflect on the themes of the Chennai Photo Biennale, and have strived to create a dialogue with the viewer. They have presented the way they see the world through their pictures. We welcome you to take part in this conversation. 

My City, My Muse - Bhuvaneshwari

Work women

Nature and Self - Chandini


The Way I See - Dhana Sakthi

Vellai Malligai

Little Things - Madhu Priya

Those four walls - 7'x5

Water World - Rekha Vijayashankar

Women and Nature

Kanavu Fellowship 2021-2022