AZIMVTH Ashram is managed on a non-profit basis and is 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. 365 Haridwar is the international artist residency programme at AZIMVTH Ashram. My Yoga is the other programme at AZIMVTH. It caters to customised spiritual pursuits. Please read more about the context here.
There are three different buildings. The following information is for the main one. All residential rooms, studios, and other facilities are available under one roof at AZIMVTH Ashram. Meals are cooked on premises.
Studio-spaces on premises – All studio spaces are shared amongst artists-in-residence. Single rooms have additional private studio space within rooms. The studio-spaces available on premises are – bare multi-purpose studio room (with balcony), studio room (with verandah) 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. These are further being expanded. More information is available here.
Studio-spaces within cluster – AZIMVTH Ashram is located inside a hundred year old cluster. There are some options, within a radius of 100 metres from AZIMVTH, that can be made available to artists on specific need basis. These are – bathing & ritual ghat, ladies’ fire temple, facility for renunciates, language society premises, secondary school, and, Sri Aurobindo Yog Temple. More information is available here.
Studios of local artisans – Within the vicinity of the residency, many local artisans have their work-spaces the artists-in-residence utilise, with special arrangements, for their projects. Artists try their hands at them but the work is done by the local artisans themselves under collaborations. Some of these are – within 100 metres (iron welding, wood working, manual screen printing, couture designing / tailoring), within 2 km (clay wheel and kiln, fabric dyeing, goldsmithing, silversmithing, ironsmithing, metal sculpture casting, manual screen printing, POP scultpture making, percussion instrument making, harmonium making, ), 6 km (fabric weaving, hand loom, hand made paper, incense sticks). More information is available here.
Inner studios of the mind – At AZIMVTH, the most unique studio offerings are the explorations of the mind and soul. Artists achieve these through Yoga, various meditation techniques, and innovative question-answer sessions. More information is available here.
Furnished bed-rooms and lodging facilities are available within AZIMVTH. There are several options of sharing or having a private en-suite room. There are other common facilities like lounge-area, small library shelves containing curated author signed books, laundry facility, refrigerator, cooking facility, etc. More information is available here.
LANDMARKS AS MUSES
There are a very large number of ancient temples, ashrams, maths and such spiritual and religious centres in Haridwar. It is not possible to see and experience all of them even in a month’s time. Artists are taken on curated and guided visits to some of these that are relevant to the work of an artist. More information is available here.
KUMBHA AND OTHER FESTIVALS AS MUSES
The Kumbha festival is celebrated once in twelve years in Haridwar. Hundreds of millions of people participate with the festival making it one of the largest congregation of humanity. Kumbha is inscribed by the UNESCO of the United Nations as an intangible cultural asset of humanity. Read more here.
AZIMVTH has conceived and is executing several projects like Spiritual Walks, Ganga Gita, Virtual Museum, etc. Read more here.
Various media outlet have produced and published articles on AZIMVTH. Some examples are given below.
- US Magazine Writes About AZIMVTH (print, 8 pages, Oct-Nov 2020)
- Swiss Magazine Writes About AZIMVTH (print, 2 pages, 2019)
Details are given here.