Sanskrit & Babylon: Inspirations from languages, art, culture

India has 22 recognised languages. And 36 states and union territories. It is only the state of Uttarakhand (in which AZIMVTH Ashram is situated) whose official language is Sanskrit, the mother of all Indian languages. Only Hindi language is written in the same script as Sanskrit. Like AZIMVTH, an old Hindi society is part of the Arya Samaj cluster.

Haridwar and Babylon both mean ‘Gate to God’. Under threat from the ruling king, Krishna is carried away across the river in a basket. He is considered the most recent (3000 BC) of the reincarnations of Lord Vishnu, one of the trinity in Hinduism. Later, the story of Moses, in a distant land, follows a similar track.

While Krishna is associated with a lot of art, it is Lord Ganesha, the enabler of new beginnings, who is the deity for arts.

Lord Ganesha, son of Lord Shiva, one of the trinity, is the patron of arts. ‘Aum’ (or Om) is associated with him.

06 Aug Friendship Day
07 Aug Sanskrit Day / Sister’s Day
14 Aug Lord Krishna Birth Day
15 Aug Independence Day/ Dahi Handi
25 Aug Lord Ganesha Birth Day

“The world is a spiritual paradox
Invented by a need in the Unseen,
A poor translation to the creature’s sense
Of That which for ever exceeds idea and speech,
A symbol of what can never be symbolised,
A language mispronounced, misspelt, yet true.”

• Sanskrit / Hindi
• Calligraphy
• Photography
• Visual art
• Documentary
• Spirituality
• The Art of Life
• New media
• Linguistics
• Painting
• Music
• Writing
• Education
• Yoga
• Woodwork
• Everybody

• Visiting Ganges ghats, Temples, ashrams
• Pilgrim interactions
• Local collaborations
• Exhibit
• Print media coverage
• Local music instruments
• Conditional access to a Braille printing press
• Conditional access to telescope / space orientation

• Personal room
• Shared studio
• Options to work at other cluster-locations
• 3 meals, 2 herbal tea + snacks
• Sachet tea/coffee 24hrs
• Daily small basket of fresh flowers
• Towels, bedding
• Laundry
• Travel within city
• Music guidance
• Ayurveda doctor visit every 3rd day

Grant of USD 500 liberally available.
28 days USD 1450
07 days USD 500
01 day USD 80

365 Arya Nagar Jwalapur
Haridwar 249407
Uttarakhand India

01 – 28 August 2017 (28 days)
Haridwar, Banks of Ganges, Foothills of Himalayas
One can apply to join for any 28 continuous days, either the dates mentioned above or earlier / later.

Aug_2017_2 mola ramKrishna_Holding_Mount_Govardhan

Image: “Krishna Holding Mount Govardhan”. By Mola Ram (1760-1833). Courtesy Wikipedia.

Aug_2017_moses floated in river

“Moses, lowered by the mother to the waters of the Nile”. 1839-1842. The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow.