As Above, So Below: Spiritual, Experimental, and Performance Arts Upon Ganges / Himalayas

“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.” At 365 Haridwar / AZIMVTH Ashram, a unique combination of time, space and consciousness has been used […]

“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.”

At 365 Haridwar / AZIMVTH Ashram, 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 calender, 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.

The residency programme ‘As Above, So Below’ is unique as it combines the best elements of the three kinds of AZIMVTH residencies – physical, virtual, and special.

This open-ended residency welcomes all kinds of artists, writers, creatives, and spiritualists, as individuals or in groups, to come together, study, introspect, and create something that they have been thinking to do for quite some time.

This AZIMVTH residency is a very liberal, flexible, and inclusive in all ways.

Each artist is supported and mentored individually.


Adding Do’s and Don’ts (Yama and Niyama) to revealed-rituals make them spiritual. For example, the Yoga of Sun Salutationes (Surya Namaskar) could be done in mornings facing East. If Sun Salutationes is practiced at any time of the day, or indeed night, facing any direction, it could be treated as a spiritual path. Much debate has been going on since millenia till about 500 B.C. on the topic what should be preferred – ritual or spiritual.

At AZIMVTH, this residency encourages an artist to make her own explorations & interpretations on art vs spiritual-art.


This AZIMVTH residency lays a stronger emphasis on experimental aspects of the practice of an accepted artist.


Performance-art, as clearly distinct from performing-art, is an evolved discipline in the West. In the East, the art forms are more integrated in some ways. For example, ‘Natyashasra’ by Bharat Muni, is the oldest treatise on dramaturgy – it treats music and dance form as inter-related. For example, Using the holy Ganga-water for making a water-colour, while a ritual prayer is in progress, makes the visual-art of water colour as also performance-art.

There is no application deadline. Interested can be expressed at any time of the year by emailing to AZIMVTH at gmail dot com.

Duration of residency
No fixed duration
Artists stay on the premises of residency. Boarding, lodging and studios are all avaiable under one roof. Shared as well as individual rooms are available. Each room has attached bathroom.
Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
Disciplines - Artists, writers, and creatives related to every discipline are welcomed. A focus is on the spiritual dimensions. Disciplines include, but are not limited to, the following - Sanskrit / Hindi, Calligraphy, Photography, Visual art, Documentary, Performance art, New media, Linguistics, Painting, Music, Writing, Education *** Work equipment - Those kind of work equipment are provided that are specific to Haridwar / India and not easily available outside. These include - music instruments (conch, harmonium, damru, manjira, chimta), colours (natural colours, house colours, herbs, ayurveda colours, fragrant oils, etc.), paper hand-made paper in Haridwar, fabrics hand spun/woven in Haridwar) etc. Some simple equipment like wood carving tools are available at the residency. *** Assistance available to artists - Each accepted artist is exposed to opportunities relevant to her interest and supported with identifying one major and some minor projects that she aims to complete during residency. Regular guidance and support are provided.
Studio / Workspace
All studios are on shared basis. Private studio spaces can be made available on request. Details on studio / work spaces are given below. These will be expanded soon. 1. On premises Following spaces are available on premises - Bare multi-purpose studio room, studio room with concrete slab across the length, 3 sides open studio space, iron grill studio space for drying fabrics and materials on 2 sides, roof top open studio space not in complete use during summer day time and winter night time. *** 2. Studios of local artisans Within the vicinity of the residency, many local artisans have their work-spaces which could be utilised by artists by making arrangements. Some of these are - within 100 metres (iron welding, wood working, manual screen printing), within 2 km (clay wheel and kiln, fabric dyeing, goldsmithing, silversmithing, ironsmithing, metal sculpture casting, POP scultpture making, percussion instrument making, harmonium making, ), 6 km (fabric weaving, hand loom, hand made paper, incense sticks). *** 3. Studio spaces Some spaces within 500 m of residency can be made available with prior arrangement. These include forested parts of a language society, river front decks, and sheltered spaces. *** 4. Inner studios of the mind At AZIMVTH, the most unique studio offerings are the explorations of the mind and soul.
Fees and support
Fees are variable and dependent on various factors - duration of stay being one.
Expectations towards the artist
Each accepted artist is expected to donate an artwork made during her residency. It is hoped, although not obligatory, that artists participate with conduct art workshops with locals. It is desirable that artists make a presentation or small exhibition during the final days of residency.
Application information
An artist should apply by completing a digital application, submitting at least 3 examples of her work, a copy of recent C.V., and a recommendation-letter.

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