The Art in Kanwar – 1858 and 2017, Stanford University

“It is at this point of emergence from the hills that persons journeying from a great distance are anxious to fill their jars with water, that their homes may be hallowed by a portion of the sacred element. Rich and pious Hindoos, who inhabit the provinces remote from this spot, spend large sums of money … Continue reading The Art in Kanwar – 1858 and 2017, Stanford University

Wahe Movember!: Scribe’s Block Impressions

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 … Continue reading Wahe Movember!: Scribe’s Block Impressions

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 … Continue reading Sanskrit & Babylon: Inspirations from languages, art, culture

Reaching AZIMVTH, Haridwar

365 Haridwar is the International Artist Residency programme at AZIMVTH Ashram. It is situated inside a locality called Arya Nagar. Arya Nagar is part of a cluster of adjoining and related yet independent entities promoted by the Arya Samaj movement. The first of these was Gurukul Kangri University founded in 1902. It is a part … Continue reading Reaching AZIMVTH, Haridwar