TOTO FUNDS THE ARTS (TFA) is pleased to announce the introduction of one more category of awards: the TOTO Award for Digital Art (instituted in memory of the late artist Mehlli Gobhai); as well as an additional award in Music from this year (2023) onward. We therefore invite young musicians, writers, photographers, filmmakers and digital artists to send in their submissions for our nineteenth annual TOTO Awards. 

There are ten awards to be won in 2023 – two for Music (Rs. 60,000 each), two for Creative Writing in English (Rs. 50,000 each), one for Creative Writing in Kannada(Rs. 50,000), two for Photography (Rs. 50,000 each), two for Short Film (Rs 50,000 each) and one for Digital Art (Rs 50,000).

All submissions must be original and reach us by 30 September 2022 at the latest.

Indian citizens between the ages of 18 and 29 are eligible to apply.

All submissions must be accompanied by a separate application form, links to which can be found in the call for applications for each award category.

For queries, please write to the email address provided for the respective categories:


Creative Writing in English:

Creative Writing in Kannada:


Short Film:

Digital Art:

The results will be announced in early 2023.