365 Haridwar / AZIMVTH Ashram

General information

Brief description of organisation

AZIMVTH Ashram is a non-profit located on the banks of Ganges and foothills of Himalayas at Haridwar, India. It aims to improve shared futures using the ancient heritage as catalysts. This is achieved through the flagship programme of an international art residency called ‘365 Haridwar’. Another programme ‘My Yoga’ weaves customised spirituality with art.

AZIMVTH brings together ancient & future, global & local, and art & spirituality.

365 Haridwar is located inside a century old cluster, spread over several square-kilometres. The cluster comprises of adjoining and related yet independent entities seeded by the Arya Samaj (an Indian reformist) movement. Originally the entities were structured on the four ashrams or stages of life. Gurukul Kangri University (one of the 45 central universities out of a total of about 750 recognised universities in India) – for student-life, Arya Nagar (inside which AZIMVTH is situated) – a residential area for householder-life, Arya Virakt Vanprasth Ashram – for those who are no more engaged with conventional work, and finally – Arya Sannyas Ashram – for those who have renounced everything in life. All of these four separate campuses have survived, albeit with time induced modifications.

The museum for archaeology, located inside the cluster, houses some rare statues, coins, paintings, manuscripts and arte-facts from Harappa culture (c. 2500–1500 BC).

AZIMVTH Ashram is located 100 metres from the Ganges and about 4 km from Shivaliks, a part of the Himalayan mountain ranges. Uttarakhand, the Indian state to which Haridwar belongs, borders Tibet in north east and Nepal in south east.

Since millennia, Haridwar and the region have attracted people from across India and the world. Mark Zuckerberg (facebook) joined a steady stream of visitors to the region who have already become, or are in the process of becoming, celebrities. Some of the others who benefited from their journeys in Haridwar / region are Steve Jobs (Apple), Larry Page (Google), Jeffrey Skoll (eBay), Uma Thurman, Julia Roberts, Beatles etc.

AZIMVTH Ashram aims to bring more art-interested people into this region and play a role in orienting them so that they emerge as future thought leaders impacting not just the creative disciplines but also the general life.

A focus is on having a mega art event in the year 2021 coinciding with the Kumbh Festival which happens after every 12 years, since antiquity, in Haridwar. It is the largest gathering of human beings anywhere on Earth.

Brief description of residency program

At 365 Haridwar, a unique combination of time, space and consciousness has been used to create residency programmes. Three sets of time based events (observations and celebrations) have been merged. These are - Traditional Indian calender, Common calendar used world-wide, and, United Nations calendar.

From this merged calendar, ideas that are unique and the most relevant to the space that 365 Haridwar occupies are used as cues to creativity. In terms of ´space´ 365 Haridwar has three identities - Cluster (365 Haridwar is a part of an over a century old, spread over several square kilometers), Geography - river Ganges rolls down into plain from the Himalayas at Haridwar town, Ancient Heritage - the town is mentioned in ancient Hindu scriptures, hosts an annual pilgrimage of over 10 million, world capital of Yoga, cradle of Sanskrit language, and the only (proposed) Heritage twin-city in India.

The consciousness for widening one´s horizons guides the programmes at 365 Haridwar. Conscious efforts are made to utilize the opportunities of time and space in a manner best suitable to each individual participant. This could be done in many ways, some of which are suggested here. a. A creative person experiments and widens his horizons in a dialogue within himself. b. She is exposed to interact with other forms of arts and crafts. c. She may also synchronise with other sectors beyond arts.

Largely, all opportunities, irrespective of themes, will exist across the 12 months. One can join for any 28 continuous days, cutting across months.

A customised experience is created for each artist. This weaves together -

1. Twice daily
Breathing exercises
Mantra chanting

2. Once a day
Spiritual discourse
Spiritual discussion
Mentoring and supporting progress of each artist´s project (s)

3. Once in 3 days
Visit by senior Ayurveda doctor

4. Once a week
One day long artist specific guided field excursion
Half day long artist specific guided field excursion

5. Need specific
Life coaching

Under the themes given below, artists, writers, painters, musicians, linguists, and any body interested in re-discovering life can plan her / his own agenda.

All of these themes are available round the year. However, each month is given one focus.

1. Ice Buckets & Plunges: Ringing in the Tamil Bell.
01 – 28 January

2. Shiva’s Tesseract: Writing De-Myth.
01 – 28 February

3. The Longest Poem: (& Colourful Equinox) by An Immortal Man
01 – 28 March

4. Buddha Jumps Over the River: Kalki in 3378 A.D.
01 – 28 April

5. Messages and Songs: The Nobel-Pious Flowing Offerings.
01 – 28 May

6. Artistic Yoga = Yogic Arts: Esoteric Explorations by Yoginis & Yogis.
01 – 28 June

7. A River on Shoulders: Kanwar Pilgrimage
01 – 28 July

8. Sanskrit & Babylon: Inspirations from Languages, Art, Culture
01 – 28 August

9. Death Enables Birth: The Drama of Earth
01 – 28 September

10. Celebrations +++: Oktoberfest: Aachman of Celestial Ganges
01 – 28 October

11. Wahe Movember!: Scribe’s Block Impressions
01 – 28 November

12. Decemberists!: Margharita, With A Straw
01 – 28 December

Stays for duration lesser or more than the standard 4 weeks are possible.

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Educational Programmes
  • New Media
  • Animation
  • Printmaking
  • Curatorial
  • Administrative
  • Film Making
  • Architecture
  • Sculpture
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Spiritual and Yogic Art
Type of organisation
  • Artist-Run
  • Independent Association/Foundation
  • Other

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 1 week
  • 1 year
  • 2 weeks
  • 3 weeks
  • 1 month
  • between 1 and 3 months
  • 3 months
  • between 3 and 6 months
  • 6 months
  • between 6 months and 1 year
Number of artists resident at one time


Companions allowed
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Pets
  • Other

Accompanied parent, sibling

Grants available

Two kinds of grants totaling up to USD 500 are available for a 28 days programme to each selected applicant - Merit grant - USD 165 Need grant - USD 335 Total grant - USD 500 For stays of duration longer or shorter than 28 days, there are different levels of grants. It is expected that each selected applicant will utilise these grants to leverage and generate almost 2 times the amount of the total grants of USD 500. 365 Haridwar will be happy to provide passive support for leveraging. Hence, each applicant pays USD 950 for a 28 day period from his own or leveraged resources. One person (qualified below) per selected artist is invited to stay with the artist on a twin-sharing basis accompanying the artist. 365 Haridwar offers a 50% discount to the following kinds of accompanying persons. * child of age between 6 and 12 * retired person * person with managed infirmity * person with disability 365 Haridwar doesn’t have a prior experience of receiving a person with disability. The premises have not be reviewed with a disability angle. Still, the largest room at the ground floor can be made available to an accompanied person with disability. Though nestled amidst forests, river, and mountains, Haridwar town is semi-rural. The terrain in the cluster is largely plain, except for the areas proximal to Ganges.

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Supplies
  • Food
  • Other

Each selected artist pays a fee that covers costs of housing, studio, food and many value-adds. All other expenses are paid for by artists.

Expectations of the artist
  • Donation of an Artwork
  • Other

Resident artists are invited to share their experiences and outcomes, in which ever way, with local persons on a one-off basis and with the world online.

Application who/how

Digital Application

Selection procedure

By Curator

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency



  • Internet Connection
  • Dance / Performance Practice Space
  • Musical Instruments
  • Spiritual tools of - Sun Salutation Yoga, breathing exercises, Om chanting, mantra chanting, mind focusing, and life-coaching
  • Library
  • Office
  • Kitchen
  • Computer
  • Printmaking Facilities
  • Woodworking Tools
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Private Studio

  • Private Room
  • Private Apartment
  • Shared Room
  • Shared Apartment

Wheelchair accessible studios and accomodation.

Working language(s)
  • English
  • Hindi
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Films
  • Exhibitions
  • Cafe/Restaurant
  • Complimentary. All 7 days in a week. Twice a day - 1. Yoga, 2. Breathing exercises, 3. Mantra chanting. Once a day - 1. Spiritual discourse 2. Discussion. Once in 3 days - visit by senior Ayurveda doctor

How to reach

By train

Built in 1886, Haridwar Junction Railway Station is a rail-head that receives about a dozen daily direct trains from Delhi which is about 250 km away. There are direct trains from all major parts of India, e.g., Chennai (Madras), Kolkata (Calcutta), Ahmedabad, Varanasi (Benaras/Kashi), Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Kochi (Cochin) etc. Some technical details of Haridwar railway station are given below.
Station code – HW
Coordinates – 29°56′54.11″N 78°9′19.97″E
The railway station is about 4 km away from AZIMVTH Ashram.

For artists traveling from abroad, it is better to arrive by flight to Delhi.

For artists travelling from India, it is better to come by railway train if they are in the vicinity of Delhi. If an artist is coming from a long distance, it is better to arrive at Delhi by flight.

Complimentary pick up from Haridwar bus-stand and railway station, and Jolly Grant Airport.

By plane

Jolly Grant airport, now known as Dehradun airport is shared by three towns – Haridwar, Dehradun, and Rishikesh – each of these are about 25 km away from the airport. Dehradun airport isn’t an international airport yet. The driving time from AZIMVTH Ashram to the airport is about 40 minutes. The airport sees about 20 flights a day. The two Indian international airports nearest to Haridwar are in the cities of New Delhi (Indira Gandhi International Airport) and Lucknow. The latter has a few international flights. Some technical details of Dehradun airport are given below.
Latitude – 30.1896992
Longitude – 78.1802979
Time Zone – Asia/Kolkata (GMT +5.5:00)

For artists traveling from abroad, it is better to arrive by flight to Delhi.

For artists travelling from within India, it is better to come by railway train if they are in the vicinity of Delhi. If an artist is coming from a long distance, it is better to arrive at Delhi by flight.

Depending upon the scheduled arrival time of international flght at Delhi, pick up and escorting by railway train or taxi can be arranged by 365 Haridwar, at extra charge.

Complimentary pick up from Haridwar bus-stand and railway station, and Jolly Grant Airport.

By car

National Highway 58 passes through Haridwar and it goes all the way to the Tibet region. Though the road is good, there might be longish traffic-jams at couple of places. The distance of about 250 km from Delhi to Haridwar can be covered by car / bus in about 5 hours, depending upon the traffic conditions. The Haridwar inter-state bus stand is located opposite the railway station. There are dozens of common and air conditioned (AC) buses from Delhi and many parts of India to Haridwar. The AC buses generally require prior booking.

Complimentary pick up from Haridwar bus-stand and railway station, and Jolly Grant Airport.

Nearest airport

Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi