• CULTURE CURRY Artist Residency  ( 15 TO 30 DAYS : 1000$-1800$ per person OR  twin sharing )

    Duration: Between February 1st- March 30th  every  year ( application till November 30th )

    30 Days : 1600$ USD per person on twin sharing ( Single : 1800$ based on availability )

    15 days : 1000$ USD per person on twin sharing ( Single : 1200$ based on availability )

    Who can apply?

    Painters, Photographers, Curators, Nature Artist, Performing Artist, Film Maker, Writer, Researcher, Cultural Ambassador.

    Dear Creative and cultural applicants,

    Thank you for your interest in the 2023 CULTURE CURRY Residency at KIAR, Bhubaneswar, India.

    The CULTURE CURRY Residency was developed to bring the pathways of global creatives like you to explore and experience  the rich culture, art, architecture, festival, food and people of India and get inspired to add new dimension to your creativity. Below, you will find the application form for CULTURE CURRY 2023 Residency.

    We will accept applications until 12:00 noon GMT November 30th for Feb-march CULTURE CURRY Residency  each year. Please submit a completed application, with an artist statement, CV/resume and portfolio. Note: Applications will not be considered complete until we receive these materials . The Selection Panel will meet twice to review applications: Once in mid-November, to review early applications for priority consideration (deadline: November 30th ), during which up to 3 residencies will be awarded of the 6 possible. Then the Selection Panel will meet again in the second week of December  to assess all other applications accordingly.

    Culture Curry 

    Culture curry is an interesting project where  artists representing from different cultures will be together in India and together what they will experience and  express will be the culture curry. The residents will be from various disciplines and from various countries which will make it an unique experience . To add the excitement all the participants are encouraged to make at least one dish of their own country during the residency at the KIAR residency kitchen. There will be a power point presentation of of works and culture by the participants and they will represent their respective countries in the culture curry residency project. At the end there will be an exhibition for the participants who are staying for 30 days. This project is to understand each others culture and share among each other like an big Indian Family. At the end of the residency there will be melting of different cultures under one roof and the flavor will be expressed by their works which will be showcased in the exhibition.

    We are preparing an exciting but low-key program that will allow artists to explore the unique culture, environment and story of Bhubaneswar, India which is a historical city with great past to fuel and inform creative production. The residency’s theme grows out of the meaning of the word “culture curry” itself, which assume that the artist’s presence itself will create a new curry as artists representing from different cultures will be together in India and what they together will experience and  express will be the culture curry.

    Please be aware that should you receive notification of acceptance to the residency, a $350 USD deposit is required to secure your place. This deposit is due no later than 20 days after acceptance, after which your place may be given to someone on the waiting list. All decisions will be made 45 days before the Residency starts. The balance payment for the residency will be due  after your arrival.

    We are excited that you are interested in an art residency at KALANIRVANA, and we are eager to get to know you in the process. Please complete the following information so that our Selection Panel can make a decision about your proposed goals and your fit with our program. When you have finished typing into the form, click the submit button at the end of the form. You will receive an email confirmation and directions about how to make the application fee.

    If your application is approved, the selection process typically includes a brief follow-up phone or Skype/ WHATSAPP/ FB Messenger interview before a final decision is made. Applicants will be contacted first by email to arrange the best time for this. We look forward to learning more about you!

    If you have questions about the application, or need further information about KALANIRVANA, please do not hesitate to contact me by e-mail at info.kalanirvana@gmail.com


    Ashis Pahi
    Director and Curator

    WHATSAPP: +917077968949

    • Application for CULTURE CURRY 2023 Residency

      If you are ready to begin the application, below, you will enter your name and email address.  Your application will not be considered complete unless you submit the full application form after which we will send a mail to you and you have to  including submission of the application form, your Artist Statement, CV/Resume, and Portfolio images.

      WHEN ?


      Each Year:  Feb 1st– Mar 30th ( Application dead line November 30th Each Year )

      ( Based on availability )


      30 Days : 1600$ USD per person on twin sharing ( Single : 1800$ based on availability )

      15 days : 1000$ USD per person on twin sharing ( Single : 1200$ based on availability )

      Extra Fee : if one stays at Puri more than  Two  Nights . Extra : 70$ per person onward depends  on number of days .


      Residency Fee  includes:

      • Accommodation + Food + Work Space + Electricity and Taxes

      KIAR Sponsor :

      • Airport pick up and drop
      • Workshop on Indian Art and Culture
      • Dinner /Lunch with Indian Family ( optional )
      • Culture Tour
      • Bollywood Film Ticket and Tour ( optional )
      • City Tour
      • Local Transport of City Tour
      • WIFI
      • First Aid Medicines

      Residency Fee does not includes:

      • Air Travel from your country
      • VISA
      • Entry tickets for different sites
      • Personal expenditure
      • Personal Transport cost not comes under residency fee
      • Art Materials

      Application who/how : 

      Ans: This project is for Artists,Photographers and Persons working on cultural  sectors( from all forms of art ) on twin sharing from any nationality .

      Each applicant should apply before November 30th  with sending the application form ( filled with all sections ), artist statement, cv/ resume and 5 images of their work in .jpg( each minimum 500kb or 3 mb size maximum ) or send the link of the work from the website or facebook page and send to mail.kalanirvana@gmail.com
      Selection procedure :By Committee and curator
      Presentation of artists’ work : Arranged on a case-by-case basis
      Setting : Urban with Rural feel ( traditional and spiritual as well as modern )
      Accomodation :     Private and Shared rooms
      Working language(s) : English and Hindi


      • 24-hour access to studio together with other artists
      • The opportunity to work uninterrupted in our studios at the residency venue
      • Exhibition for all 30 days residents in India.( For exhibition there is extra charges depends on days  availability. please contact curator Ashis Pahi on help.kalanirvana@gmail.com or whats app on +917077968949.
      • Workshop or Presentations
      • Access to an individual adviser
      • Opportunity of workshop with Indian Traditional Artists
      • FREE WIFI
      • Printer and Scanner
      • Washing machine
      • Refrigerator
      • Open kitchen
      • Printer ( with minimal charges )
      • Open Studio
      • Roof top

      General information about KIAR

      Organisation founded in :2010.

      Residency program since :2011

      Brief description of organisation :

      The Residency was established in Hyderabad in 2011 and shifted to Bhubaneswar in 2016.
      Located in the heart of the eastern India, in Bhubaneswar, the cathedral city (state of Odisha, India), KIAR is an international cultural center dedicated to artistic creation, cultural exchange and Culture Tour. It develops and hosts artistic residence, exhibitions, and workshops dedicated to art and culture
      The purpose of  KIAR BBSR is to provide an ideal retreat style project space for creative people to reconnect and build on their creativity while continuing their artistic journey. Emerging and established artists, curators, photographers and writers with an identified project and a commitment to concentrated work are encouraged to apply.
      KIAR Bhubaneswar consists of a private self-contained cabin within the property of a larger house and studio. The Residency is approximately 270 sq meters that includes one small private bedroom, four shared bed rooms  and 4 bathroom, kitchenette and large studio room , one Small Gallery , one roof top sitting area, one 2400 sq feet garden area , free WIFI, comfortable furniture. The courtyard and gardens are very suitable for a organic vegetation.. Each guest of KIAR BBSR is provided with bed covers. We do not provide towels.. The kitchenette has a gas stove top with plates, a toaster, sink, a bar fridge. There are basic supplies such as salt, pepper, tea, coffee, teapot, coffee plunger etc. We also have a washing machine for our residents .
      The rooms do not have computers but there are plenty of power points for equipment. For 24-hour regular internet use, guests are encouraged to bring their own mobile wireless broadband device. Residencies are available from minimum Two WEEKS  to  maximum THREE Months. ( If one want to apply for more than 3 months has to request separately ).

      It is an Artists run residency program. Because the project is still young, it offers the artists in residency much freedom to create a format, which works for the individual, as well as the possibility to take part in the shaping of the DIFFERENT PROJECTS we are having in pipeline.

      Resident artists have 24-hour access to the space, and we encourage the participants to work and be present on site as much as possible during the duration of the residency. When committing to this project, the artist must agree to stay the duration of the term (it is not possible to stay just a few weeks, etc.) Regardless, the participant is responsible for paying the entire participation fee.

      We wish that the space be an open environment and welcome visitors to come by to visit during the working process.

      Kalanirvana is a very vibrant and energetic Residency, where a lot of importance given to new ideas and approaches. There is a participation fee to be paid by each artist . We also ask the artists to donate 1 – 3 small works (drawings, prints, photographs…) for our Collection and in return we will curate an exhibition for their work at a gallery.

      You can expect an intensive time of work and exchange in our cozy creative work space . The exhibition will be seen by a broad audience. You will become part of the KALANIRVANA network including the possibility to participate in future exhibitions organized by KALANIRVANA and an eventual appearance in a future catalog.

      The Objectives of KIAR : BHUBANESWAR are to :

      1- Encourage contemporary artistic creation.
      2- Develop intercultural exchanges between Indian and international artists, through interaction,workshop and exploration and analysis .
      3-Produce the creation of new shows by Kalanirvana International Art Center.
      4-Promotion in the International ART Magazine, EMERZING STARS.
      5- Represent international companies within Indian networks of distribution (festivals, Art …) and Indian companies within international networks.
      6- Organize, in its art center , national and international artist residences that offer the opportunity to disconnect from over-communication and  busy urban life to reconnect with an organic and  quite Indian atmosphere  in an Urban city.
      7- Organize culture tour and seminars in the heart of the Indian Cultural City, allowing our guests to know each other and explore true Indian culture  through a series of activities related to well-being: yoga, meditation, cooking, walking, beaching, learning local craft and art, cycling, organic gardening, visit of the world biggest zoo for white tigers, experiencing Indian family, festivals, Bollywood Films etc.
      8- Facilitate links with the neighboring community through the exchange of information and know-how in the fields of arts and environmental education.

      Disciplines and media

      • Visual Art
      • Literature
      • Educational Programmes
      • New Media
      • Curatorial
      • Photography
      • Film Making
      • Architecture
      • Research
      • Cultural Exchange

      Type of organisation

      • Artist-Curator Run
      • Independent Association/Foundation

      Duration of residency

      • February 20th -March 22nd

      Number of artists resident at one time: 6

      Companions allowed : Couples, Partner, Fiancee , Friend preferably into creativity or into cultural activities.
      Grants available : We are not providing grants.We Provide one of the best assistance in terms of art, culture, place, history, heritage, tribe, textile, people, food, festivals and crafts of India. As Our curator himself is an artist, and Photographer and well traveled cultural enthusiasts with a back ground of animation and film making and having experience of 26 years in the various fields. One will get best assistance and guidance for exhibition, workshop and right kind of connection in terms of research, study documentation by international curator Ashis Pahi.

      . For Travel grants Artists has to take care of their own grants as this is a self funded organisation.

      How to reach

      By train  : Bhubaneswar is well connected from all most all big cities like Mumbai, Pune, New Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore.

      By plane : Bhubaneswar is an International airport. And also it is well connected from all metro cities of India like Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Jaipur.

      VERY Important Tips for Affordable AIRLINE:

      1.Book your ticket at least 45 to 60 days before the travel date to get best price.

      2.Book your air ticket from the best Indian travel website for the best flight option to India: www.makemytrip.com

      3.Book international flight to New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkoata or Bhubaneswar as per your country ( For example : if you are flying from EUROPE, N. America, S. America, Africa the best option to go for New Delhi or Mumbai ; If you are flying from Middle East it is good for go for Mumbai, If you are flying from Russia and Central Asia then best is to fly to New Delhi ; If you are from south Asia , Australia, NZ, it is best to go for Kolkata ; If you are flying from Malaysia or Singapore you can directly go for Bhubaneswar  ) . From New Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata you can take domestic flights and there are plenty of options and it will reduce the cost to almost 20% to 50 % depends on your date of booking and starting location.

      Nearest airport : Bhubaneswar airport : New Delhi Airport : Mumbai Airport : Kolkata airport : Bangalore Airport : Hyderabad Airport