Deadline: 15/01/2019

PECAH- “Programme of Exchange in Culture and Art of Himalayas

An opportunity to exchange ideas with the trad. art forms of the Himalayas in Uttarkhand, India.

Description of residency program
PECAH- “Programme of Exchange in Culture and Art of Himalayas” is an opportunity to exchange ideas and skills with the traditional art forms of the Himalayas in Uttarkhand, India. PECAH is dedicated to spreading the radical flavour of Uttarakhand’s art forms. Artists will come to know the vast cultural palate of this region and local people will also benefit from this exchange, for “art and artisan have no boundaries”. Interaction and collaboration with local artists and the inspirational aura is the major priority of PECAH.

The point, where the concept of “PECAH” came alive within us, was a vibrant discussion over the loss of humanity and a large dissatisfaction with a large portion of the world. When this discussion was at its zenith, we decided to seek the reason behind it. We realized that we are over dependent on the materialistic world and ignoring the non-materialistic world. We are losing our emotions by holding onto material life, where we have no time for our own selves. In the name of development we are forgetting the real meaning of life. Remembering the quote of Nobel Prize Winner, Dr. AmrityaSen, “Development is the liberation of our creative energy”, we decided to establish PECAH, where we thought of organising a camp of various people from different parts of the world where they can meet and share one another’s weals and woes via colour, music, lyrics, musical instruments, language, theatre and much more.

Team PECAH (BHOR-Society) is initiating different workshops for small scale industries for the local folks of Uttarakhand. These workshops will take place within the premise of residential area of PECAH. Artists are allowed, if they desire for their participation/suggestions in any ways in order to achieve the level of sustainable development of this Himalayan region.

This Exchange Programme is going to be held in “Manila”, in the region of ALMORA, Uttarakhand, India (not to be confused with Almora City). In the district of Almora, there are hill stations full of cultural integrity. The Almora region is full of beautiful natural surroundings, jungle views and ancient trees. It is famous for its artists and its artistic sense, which can be widely seen and experienced. Artists will certainly enjoy this Exchange Programme in the lap of the Himalayas.

Duration of residency

Schedule of PECAH-2019
February 16th– Welcome ceremony.
February 18th to March 15th 2019– Workshops in Manila
March 17th 2019– closing ceremony.

Disciplines, work equipment and assistance

The workshops are:

  1. Aipan,
  2. Folk Dance
  3. Folk Music
  4. Patachitra Painting
  5. Cow Dung Painting
  6. Writers Workshop
  7. Embroidery
  8. Yoga and Meditation
  9. Kumauni Cuisine
  10. Theater (Folk)

*Artists will be provided with a room (studio, classrooms) to work and also we’ll give them the basics materials of each workshop.

The Residency will be based in the Himanila Hotel, a Manila Hill Station, in the Kumaon Region of the Almora District of Uttarackhand. During your stay all bedding will be provided by PECAH. It would be advised to bring your own towels and toiletries and flip flops can come in very handy for the showering area.

Accommodation will be on a shared basis. The rooms will be neat and clean upon the artist’s arrival and then it will be his/her responsibility to keep the rooms clean on an ongoing basis. Facilities with regard to hot water for washing clothes, hair and showers, will be basic and involve heating your own water with an immersion rod.

Pure filtered water for drinking will be provided and it is advised to bring a water bottle for carrying on excursions.                                                                                     

Local food will be served by the hotel according to local culture.

Meals will be thrice a day – Breakfast, lunch and dinner. The nearest village is about a Kilometre away and orders can be placed with team members for extra provisions and treats.

Tea or coffee served any time on request.

Studio/ workspace
The workplace will be according to the requirements of the workshop. Some will be done in theaters, others in the open air.

Fees and support
The artist can join us for a nominal fee of $1,000 ($250/week).This cost includes all arrangements of accommodation, meals, airport pick up and transfer to Manila, workshops, entertainment programme, and weekend cultural tours (excluding airfare). We ask that our guest artists arrive in Delhi on February 15th between 8am to 2 pm. After this time artists must make their own arrangements to the residency (with our offered guidance).

Application information
Application submission for the next residency is open to all. Please send us your application before Dec 20th, 2018.

Once you have been selected for the PECAH residency you will be asked to submit the non-refundable payment of $500 (half of the whole payment).

When applying include the following with the application form:

  • A resume / CV (online or CD).
  • A brief statement, covering your interest, art practice and why you want to join this residency.
  • 5 images or examples of your current practice which represents your artistic ability. If you are a writer it may be difficult to appraise text due to language barriers. However, we encourage you to give us an idea of your style and inspirations.
  • List your choice of four workshops you would like to participate in over the four week period (view the workshop page for more details).

We will do our best to accommodate your first choices of workshops on the basis of minimum numbers per workshop choice attained.


  • If any artist wants to work on their own personal/individual projects during this time please notify us at the time of application and provide a brief essay on this work and what assistance you would like or require from PECAH. We work hard to accommodate the needs of a variety of artists. However, we ask that all expectations of PECAH and the artist be agreed upon and understood prior to acceptance.
  • Each workshops is one week long (four in a month). There are no restrictions or obligations to do each and every workshop. If an artist wants to continue a workshop for longer than a week it can be arranged.

Scheduled dates of Workshops/Celebrations and Trips:
The workshop schedule is designed to allow all artists to participate in the workshops of their choice and may result in overlapping of your chosen workshops. This is uncommon and dependent on the number of artists participating in the residency. The schedule is created and made available after the acceptance of all artists.

A member of Res artis

A member of Res artis

Pencil sketch by Bhashkar Pandey

Pencil sketch by Bhashkar Pandey 

***”Bhashkar Pandey”, an emerging artist says, ” This Exchange Programme will be a great fusion of all artists of west and east”. He adds, “as there is no boundary of art, colours, paint, thought and culture, it is an effective way to prove these words” (for more drawings by Bhashkar Pandey, visit our website gallery).

PECAH- “Programme of Exchange in Culture and Art of Himalayas

PECAH- “Programme of Exchange in Culture and Art of Himalayas


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