365 Haridwar / AZIMVTH Ashram

Name of Residency: 365 Haridwar / AZIMVTH Ashram

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 calendar, 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 extensively in ancient Hindu scriptures and hosts an annual pilgrimage attended by over 10 million persons.


Haridwar / Rishikesh is the unofficial world capital of Yoga and meditation. Yoga is also listed as an  intangible cultural heritage of humanity by the UNESCO.


Sage Vyasa, who scribed Mahabharata, lived in Haridwar. Mahabharata, written in poetry in ancient times, is several times longer than Iliad and Odyssey put together. In the modern times, Rabindranath Tagore spent some time in the region. Tagore was the firs non – European to have received Nobel prize for literature. Sanskrit language, the common-root of the 22 official languages in India, is state language only of Uttarakhand (the state Haridwar is part of) amongst 30 states and union territories of 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 – Yoga, Breathing exercises, Mantra chanting
2. Once a day – Spiritual discourse, Spiritual discussion, Mentoring and supporting progress of each artist project (s)
3. Once a week (on need) – 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


Broadly, there are 3 kinds of residencies on offer. These are – Physical Residencies, Virtual Residencies, and Special Residencies.

Physical Residencies

The 12 Physical Residencies programmes are located at the premises of AZIMVTH Ashram in Haridwar, India. Accepted participants travel from any part of the world to Haridwar and reside at AZIMVTH Ashram at Haridwar in India.

There are 12 standard residency programmes from January to December. Across the year, various ancient Indian celebrations and observances happen in Haridwar. These become muse for themes for each month. Residencies are customised to suit the needs of each accepted artist. A typical duration is 28 days, and shorter or longer stays are possible. A participant may join for a continuous block of 28 days, cutting across the months.

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 to 28 January

2. Shiva Tesseract: Writing De-Myth. 01 to 28 February

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11. Wahe Movember!: Scribes Block Impressions. 01 to 28 November

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

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

Virtual Residencies

A participant may be located any where in the world. There are three virtual residency programmes that are available virtually. There are specific themes. The duration is 14 days. A participant can apply to join for a block of any continuous 14 days across the year. The application process and fee for Virtual Residencies is same as that for Physical Residencies.

1. Celestial Forest: Botanical Art. (Painting & Visual Arts)
2. Travellers of the Inner Worlds: Spiritual Memoirs. (Creative Writing & Literary)
3. Performing & Performance: Universal. (Music & Performing Arts)

Special Residencies

A Special Residency has a special orientation. That could be in terms of dates, duration, targeted participants, location etc.

Presently, the following Special Residencies are available.

1. Artists with Children
2. Artist Family in India: Children & Art, Escaping Pollution
3. Meditations 2020

Application process

The application process is completely online and involves two steps. More information is here.

Residency Programme since: 2015
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.

AZIMVTH Ashram is a place where people at all stages of life come together to unveil holistic views of lives and explore & create newer spiritual interpretations of fine arts, literature, creativity, and spirituality.


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


The cluster has its own captive meditation and ritual-bathing ghat (sort of jetty / platform) upon Ganges that is off the tourist-pilgrim grid. A ladies fire-invocation temple is adjacent to AZIMVTH Ashram and Ganges flows about 100 metres away. Rajaji National Park, also in Shivaliks — a part of the Himalayan mountain ranges — is about 4 km away from AZIMVTH. The national park is a natural thick forest that is natural habitat of tigers, elephants, crocodiles, deers, antelopes, cobra snakes, peacocks, and a vast variety of other animals, birds and aquatic wild-life. With the elevation of about 7 km, Nanda Devi is that highest peak of the Himalayas that lies entirely in India, in Uttarakhand, the Indian state of which Haridwar is a part. Nanda Devi is a UNESCO site.

Uttarakhand borders Tibet in north east and Nepal in south east.


Mark Elliot 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, lasting few days to few years, in Haridwar / region are Steven Paul Jobs (Apple), The Beatles (Rock Band), Lawrence Edward Page (Google), Jeffrey Stuart Skoll (eBay), Uma Karuna Thurman (Kill Bill), Julia Fiona Roberts (Pretty Woman), Michael Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone (Rocky / Rambo), Willard Carroll Smith Jr. (Men in Black), 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.


Artists from the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Thailand, and New Zealand have completed their art-residencies at 365 Haridwar / AZIMVTH Ashram in the recent times. The over-arching theme of their projects has been spirituality and mindfulness. Summaries of the recent projects can be read here.


The Kumbh Festival which happens after every 12 years, since antiquity, in Haridwar is the largest gathering of human beings anywhere on Earth. Over one hundred million pilgrims attend Kumbh. Kumbh is listed as an intangible cultural asset of entire humanity by UNESCO, the United Nations.

Application process

The application process is completely online and involves two steps. More information is here.

Organisation founded in: 2015
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Artist-Run
  • Independent Association/Foundation
Working Languages:
  • English
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 1
  • Weeks: 2
  • Weeks: 3
  • Months: 1
  • Months: 3
  • Months: 6
  • Months: 1 – 3
  • Months: 6 – 12
  • Months: 3 – 6
Number of studios: 2
Number of artists in residence at one time: 5
Studio type and size: Shared studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Private Apartment
Shared Room
Shared Apartment
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Printmaking facilities
  • Woodworking tools
  • Computer
  • Library
  • Office
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • please choose
  • Library/research resources
  • Musical-instruments
  • Welding tools
  • Woodworking tools
  • Printmaking facilities
  • Promotional services
  • Other
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: Yes
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Pets
  • Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : Local spiritual centres, artisans, craftsmen, orphanages, and communities
    Application process: Digital application
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
    If yes, what is the residency fee? (in your local currency): The fee is variable depending upon the duration of stay and the level of facilities.
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): No
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Accommodation
    • Food
    • Other
    • Supplies
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Donation of artwork
    • Other
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Films
    • Exhibition
    Selection process: By curator
    Setting: Both
    Nearest Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi
    Nearest Train Station: Haridwar
    How to reach by plane: Jolly Grant airport, now known as Dehradun airport is shared by three towns &ndash Haridwar, Dehradun, and Rishikesh &ndash each of these are about 25 km away from the airport. Dehradun airport isn&rsquot 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 &ndash 30.1896992Longitude &ndash 78.1802979IATA Code &ndash DEDICAO Code &ndash VIDNTime Zone &ndash 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.
    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 &ndash HWCoordinates &ndash 29Õô56&prime54.11&PrimeN 78Õô9&prime19.97&PrimeEThe 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.
    How to reach 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.
    Street & Number: 365 Arya Nagar Jwalapur Haridwar Uttarakhand
    Postal Code: 249407
    City: Haridwar
    Country long: India