Deadline: Open call

A River on Shoulders: Kanwar Pilgrimage

Get inspired with 10 million+ people visiting Haridwar in Jul 2017. Avail grant of USD 500.

Description of residency program
10 million+ participate in this annual pilgrimage that happens only in Haridwar India. Devotees from across central and northern India begin their journeys the day after sighting of the full moon (09 July) of Saawan, the 5th month of the Indian calendar. Arriving at the banks of holy Ganga (Ganges) river in Haridwar, they pray, make wishes, and atone. They carry Ganges water in pots balanced at the two opposite ends of a bamboo stick (called Kanwar in Hindi). They walk back to their homes before the next full moon (07 Aug). The holy water is offered at a local Shiva temple.

A whole new local art landscape has emerged – devotional music, dyeing and printing on cotton fabrics, and designing of a variety of water containers. AZIMVTH ashram is situated about 100 metres from Ganges . Walking just outside, they head to their Ganges which is 4 km away.

04 Jul Start of 4 holy months
09 Jul Kanwar Pilgrimage starts
10 Jul The Guru Student Traditions
16 Jul Sun enters Cancer Zodiac, 6 month southward journey
21 Jul Monsoon Shiva Night
26 Jul Green Swings

“Traveller or pilgrim of the inner world,
Fortunate art thou to reach our brilliant air
Flaming with thought’s supreme finality.
O aspirant to the perfect way of life,
Here find it; rest from search and live at peace.”

Duration of residency
28 days or 7 days. An artist may arrive and depart before or after the specified dates so that she is able to participate for the 28 or 7 days.

Stay of a lesser or more duration is also possible.

Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
365 Haridwar presents a specific cultural context and enables unlocking of associated opportunities. Every selected artist receives a customised treatment, assistance, and access to equipments and resources based on the specific individual needs and prior discussions.

Artists involved with the following disciplines are invited to apply.

* Visual Art
* Educational Programmes
* New Media
* Animation
* Printmaking
* Curatorial
* Administrative
* Film Making
* Architecture
* Sculpture
* Dance
* Textile Art
* Music
* Literature

An artist stays in one of the 3 private en-suite rooms on a single occupancy basis.

Studio/ workspace
Artists use, on a shared basis, studio spaces of one 500 sq. ft. and roof-top (2nd floor) within the premises of 365 Haridwar. The third room has its own private studio space within the room.

Within walking distance of 500 metres inside the cluster (of which 365 Haridwar is a part), there are many more options for studio space. 

Fees and support
The fee details are given below.

28 days USD 1450
07 days USD 500
An artist participating for other durations pays in the relevant multiples of the amounts mentioned above.

365 Haridwar offers a grant of only USD 500 to each selected artist for a residency of 28 days. The balance amount is to be arranged by the artist concerned.

365 Haridwar works to create additional and newer sources of funding for an artist who wishes to stay for more than 28 days.
Further, newer value-adds can be looked at. 365 Haridwar provides an in kind support, based on specific situations, as if the artist is a friend and family.

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 * senior citizen * 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.

More detailed information on fees and grants is available in a downloadable pdf file on the residency website in the area 'TARIFF'. The weblink is also given below. 

Expectations towards the artist
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. However, this is optional and not obligatory.

Application information
In the first instance, an applicant desirous of participating with 365 Haridwar, the International Artist Residency programme at AZIMVTH Ashram, is requested to write a brief e-mail at giving details of the dates and duration of the intended stay. This form needs to be completed and submitted only after the applicant receives intimation of availability of a place and stay at 365 Haridwar.

The form is in 3 sections. Section A is mandatory for all applicants. An applicant seeking the Merit Grant needs to complete Section B as well. An applicant seeking the Need Grant needs to complete all the 3 sections.

More detailed information on the application process and the application form is available in a downloadable pdf file on the residency website in the area 'TARIFF'.

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A River on Shoulders: Kanwar Pilgrimage

A River on Shoulders: Kanwar Pilgrimage


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