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.
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
2. Once a day
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
1. Ice Buckets & Plunges: Ringing in the Tamil Bell.
01 – 28 January 2018
2. Shiva’s Tesseract: Writing De-Myth.
01 – 28 February 2018
3. The Longest Poem: (& Colourful Equinox) by An Immortal Man
01 – 28 March 2018
4. Buddha Jumps Over the River: Kalki in 3378 A.D. 01 – 28 Apr 2018
5. Being announced 01 – 28 May 2018
6. Being announced 01 – 28 Jun 2018
7. A River on Shoulders: Kanwar Pilgrimage. 01– 28 Jul 2018
8. Sanskrit & Babylon: Inspirations from Languages, Art, Culture. 01 – 28 Aug 2018
9. Death Enables Birth: The Drama of Earth. 01 – 28 Sep 2018
10. Celebrations +++: Oktoberfest: Aachman of Celestial Ganges. 01 – 28 Oct 2018
11. Wahe Movember!: Scribe’s Block Impressions. 01 – 28 Nov 2018
12. Decemberists!: Margharita, With A Straw. 01 – 28 Dec 2018
Grants of USD 500 available to each selected artist. This will cover little more than one-third of the residency fee.
Haridwar, Uttarakhand 249407
Published Open Calls:
Decemberists!: Margharita, With A Straw. (01 – 28 December 2018)
Wahe Movember!: Scribe’s Block Impressions. (01 – 28 November 2018)
Celebrations +++: Oktoberfest – Aachman of Celestial Ganges (01 – 28 October 2018)
Death Enables Birth: The Drama of Earth (01 – 28 September 2018)
Sanskrit & Babylon: Inspirations from languages, art, culture. (01 – 28 August 2018)
A River on Shoulders: Kanwar Pilgrimage. (01 – 28 July 2018)
Messages and Songs: The Nobel-pious Flowing Offerings. (01 – 28 May 2018)
Buddha Jumps Over the River: Kalki in 3378 A.D. (01 – 28 April 2018)
The Longest Poem: (& Colourful Equinox) by An Immortal Man. (01 – 28 March 2019)
Shiva’s Tesseract: Writing De-myth. (01 – 28 February 2019)
Ice Buckets & Plunges: Ringing in the Tamil Bell. (01 – 28 January 2019)