Saint Namdev (1270 AD) made devotional compositions on Lord Vishnu. His creations are also included in the Guru Granth Sahib, the bible for the Sikh. Saint Namdev has a big following in Maharshtra state of which Mumbai is the capital.
Hundreds of members of the community of traditional weavers and block-printers from all over India arrive in Haridwar during the 1st week of November, the occasion of the birth day of Saint Namdev. The traditional block-printing, as a profession, has got extinguished about a decade ago. Now it is considered largely a work of art. Associated art forms of cloth making by handlooms and stitching are also available in Haridwar.
The relaxed month of November presents an additional good opportunity to creative – writers. A fresh cool nip in the air mixes well with the gentle river sound for sun-bathing and writing creatively.
01 Nov Saint Namdev Birthday
04 Nov Guru Nanak Birthday
14 Nov Children’s Day
16 Nov World Philosophy Day, International Day for Tolerance
21 Nov World Television Day
Nov Novel Writing Month
“Half-risen then she sent her gaze around,
As if to recover old sweet trivial threads,
Old happy thoughts, small treasured memories,
And weave them into one immortal day.”
• Sanskrit / Hindi
• Visual art
• The Art of Life
• New media
• Visiting Ganges ghats, temples, ashrams
• Pilgrim interactions
• Local collaborations
• 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
• 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
01 – 28 November 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.
Image: “L Ottenki Tou Kapot”. Isana Goribidnur Kumar.
Image: “Indian Spinning”. Diego Rivera (1886-1957). Courtesy -Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona, USA / Gift of Mrs Clare Boothe Luce / Bridgeman Images
Image: “The Golden Temple at Amritsar”. Edwin Lord Weeks (1849–1903). Courtesy – Annmary Brown Memorial Collection, Brown University, Rhode Island.
Image: “Outside An Indian Dye House” Edwin Lord Weeks (1849–1903). Courtesy – Private Collection
Image: “The Silk Merchants”. Edwin Lord Weeks (1849–1903). Courtesy – Private collection