Deadline: Open call

Death Enables Birth: The Drama of Earth

Mormons, USA, copies of Hindu genealogy registers Haridwar, India. Fortnight for the departed.

Description of residency program
Shraadh is the annual fortnight during which ceremonies are held for the souls of the deceased/ ancestors on the relevant days. Naarayani Shila is a unique place in India for that. During Shraadh 2015, a Hollywood family visited to perform ceremonies for their departed son.

The geneology records of families of north India are maintained by hundreds of hereditary priests only in Haridwar. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Utah, USA maintains a digital database. When people come to Haridwar to immerse the ashes after cremation or during Shraadh, they visit their respective priests for updating their details.

After this, Ramlila, a dance – drama on the life of Lord Rama,the penultimate Avatar of Lord Vishnu, is performed in 9 parts in as many days across the thousands of villages and towns by local non-artists. Ramlila is the stage-drama about Lord Rama. On the last day, called Dussehra, giant effigies of Ravana, the demon-king filled with fire-crackers are burnt.

During this month, International Literacy Day, International Translation Day, and Hindi Day are also observed.

06 Sep Ancestors’ Fortnight Starts
08 Sep International Literacy Day
14 Sep Hindi Day
19 Sep Narayani Shila
21 Sep 9 New Nights
29 Sep World Health Day
30 Sep Dussehra / International Translation Day

“Armoured, protected by their lethal masks,
As in a studio of creative Death
The giant sons of Darkness sit and plan
The drama of the earth, their tragic stage.”

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.

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 in this call.

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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Death Enables Birth: The Drama of Earth

Death Enables Birth: The Drama of Earth


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