Deadline: 29/09/2019

Ice Buckets & Plunges: Ringing in the Tamil Bell

Begin the year with concentrated rests and burst of energy.

“And Winter and Dew-time laid their calm cool hands
On Nature’s bosom still in a half sleep.
Its powers have come from the eternal heights
And plunged into the inconscient dim Abyss
And risen from it to do their marvellous work..”

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge becomes more demanding when the bucket is the mighty Ganges. A dynamic rapid caravan of snow-melts and smoothies! Plunge your head and dip your paint-brushes; open up the organic water-colours and make divine performance art.

Sip at the original allegorical Yoga fountain at the unofficial Yoga capital of the world.

Officially, in December 2017 the United Nations (UNESCO) inscribed the Kumbha Festival as an intangible cultural heritage of the entire humanity. The once-in-12-years ancient festival will begin in 2021, 3 years from Makar Sankranti of 2018.

Pen your thoughts and plans of converting the ‘need’ to the ‘demand’ and hence the ‘search’ to the ‘seek’.

Chant Aum and sing the God-Song of Bhagvat Gita. In the hours of gods, the twilight zones, twice daily. At 365 Haridwar / AZIMVTH Ashram.

January presents many interesting cultural contexts in Haridwar.


• Visiting Ganges ghats, temples, ashrams
• Pilgrim interactions
• Local collaborations
• Exhibit
• Print media coverage
• Local music instruments
• Conditional access to a Braille printing press
• Conditional access to telescope / space orientation

Tariff includes

En-suite room
Shared studio
Twice daily Yoga teaching
Om & mantra chanting initiation
Daily lecture & discussion
Options at other cluster-locations
3 meals, 2 herbal tea + snacks
Sachet tea/ 24hrs
Daily small basket of fresh flowers
Towels, bedding
Ayurveda doctor visit every 4th day


Sanskrit / Hindi
Visual art
Performance art
New media
Art of Life

Grant of USD 500 liberally available.

28 days USD 1450
14 days USD 900
07 days USD 500


01 Polar Bear Swim Day / Ganges Dip / Ice Bucket Challenge ALS
02 Full Moon / National Science Fiction Day
08 Vivek Ananda Birth Anniversary
09 World Laughter Day
13 Spring Festival (Makar Sankranti)
21 Vasant Panchmi / National Hugging Day
26 Republic Day / Australia Day

All participating artists stay within the premises of AZIMVTH Ashram. The rooms are en-suite. Two persons easily share a room. We do not encourage more than 2 persons to share the same room.

Studio / workspace
All workspaces within the AZIMVTH Ashram are shared by all the participating artists. We try to keep the studio as bare as possible. Every month, the studio is modified as per the needs of the relevant artists. There are other open spaces with the premises that artists like using as studios / work spaces.

Besides the in-house facilities, within the a hundred meters and well within the cluster, there are more work-space possibilities.

There are several artisans and crafts-men within a couple of kilo-metres of the residency. For example, goldsmith, silversmith, ironsmith, fabric dyers, wood-carpenter, etc. The artists utilise these quite often.

Fees and support
A typical residency period is 28 days. The standard fee for this period is USD 1450 per artist. Two kinds of grants - merit grant and need grant - totalling to USD 500 can be considered for each artist. These grants cover little more than one-third of the fee. We expect the selected artists to leverage the grants to raise funds from their own resources and network. We provide recommendation for that.

We are offering a new facility of an online art shop to the artists on completion of the residency. Artists can utilise that platform to sell some art-works made during the residency.

Stays for periods longer / shorter than 28 days are possible. Subsequently, there are different levels of fees and grants.

Expectations towards the artist
Artists are expected to plan at least tentative projects before arrival. Daily meetings and structured weekly sessions are held to help with the project (s).

Artists make a presentation at the end of the residency. This could be made in private.
Artists donate an example of an art-work created at the residency.

Application information
An artist interested in applying to a residency should write first to enquire about availability of space. A structured application form is sent to the artist if a space is available for the preferred period. The application form is in 3 parts - the first asking contact details and information on profile and examples of 3 past works. The second part is used only if an applicant wishes to apply for a merit grant. The third part is relevant only if a need grant is sought.

Artists can start communicating at any time during the year.

More details are available on the profile page '365 Haridwar' at ResArtis and our website 

Ice Buckets & Plunges: Ringing in the Tamil Bell

Ice Buckets & Plunges: Ringing in the Tamil Bell


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