05 Jan-27 Jan and June 05 – June 27,  each year ( 250$ to 300$USD per week per person )

Key Points:
2.Learn Indian Cuisine ( three minimum and maximum 7 )
3.Learn Indian language ( basics)
4. Literary fest ( in January and June )
5. Bhubaneswar Book Festival ( Only for January )
6. Writers meet and interaction with local writers
7. Presentation of work and talk
8. Interaction with Indian family and local community
9. Enjoy Bollywood film and music
10. Host by Award winning Writer

This Residency Program is part of the US-INDIA Cultural Exchange Program and CCC : Commonwealth Culture Cult ( countries of commonwealth nations ). To know more about US-INDIA  Cultural Exchange, and CCC please click here.

Benefits: The Writers will participate to understand, experience and learn about Indian culture and literature, art and it will be an exchange of culture in true sense during their stay at KIAR INDIA Writer’s Residency. The writers will be able to explore the world famous temple architecture dates back to 6th century till date and various crafts and textiles and hand made fabrics as well a true spiritual Indian culture.

There are a lot of  important places to explore in terms of art, architecture, craft, culture, heritage, textile, wild life , religious monuments of Hinduism,Jainism,Buddhism and a lot of delicious food and beaches to relax.


INDIA Writer’s Residency (IWR) is a three-week ( one can apply for FOUR WEEK  too) residency for writers working in any genre (fiction, nonfiction, or poetry), on any theme and who want to explore the rich culture of India and different characters and stories of India and interact with Indian Writers from various genre.

The exclusive cultural experience and interaction with people and writers and visiting different cultural and historical places , exclusive festivals, films, customs, family and community will inspire writers greatly. It may give new dimension and  provide enough inspiration for writers from every genre . The interaction with Indian Writers and experiencing indian family and interacting with local people are the main highlight of this Writer’s Residency.

Writers will enjoy dedicated, uninterrupted writing time in a spectacular setting, and the community of a small group of writers  under the guidance of two experienced and award winning Indian  writers.

This program overlaps with the KALINGA Literary Fest and Bhubaneswar Book Festival, and the writers of the residency can be part of the guest artists of the Bhubaneswar Book Festival program (visiting authors, editors, or agents) offer further enrichment and inspiration. There is a possibility to have great interaction and inter cultural opportunities during the book festival.

What does the program offer?
Participants will work in the peace and isolation of KIAR  Residency and consultation with Local  writer, Anand Pahi, award-winning  author and founder of writer association in Bhubaneswar; and Baishnav Mohanty, founder of writer association.

Prior to the start of the residency, writers will submit some 5,000 words from their projects. Intensive editing, both conceptual and detailed, of these or other passages forms the foundation of the program, although longer texts can be discussed.

During the program, participants will take part in twice-weekly, two-hour interaction with the help of  local writer group, where participants will critique and support each other’s work with detailed attention to texts of 20 pages or less per writer.

Writers will also have access to the  Kalinga Literray Fest and Bhubaneswar Book Festival, which attracts accomplished authors from around India and world.

Who should apply?
Writers in all genres—fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essay, history, biography, and memoir—are encouraged to apply. Both established and emerging writers are welcome.


SEPT – FEB  each year( Application dead line 30th JULY each year )

( Based on availability )


After deduction of stipend :

for  2 WEEKS = 14 days Residency Artist Pays :500 $USD per person ( Residency Fee 800$- Stipend 400$)

for  3 WEEKS =21 days Residency Artist Pays :700 $USD per person ( Residency Fee 1200$- Stipend 500$)

for 4 WEEKS =28 days Residency Artist Pays :  900 $USD per per person ( Residency Fee 1500$- Stipend 600$)

Extra Fee : For Puri and Konark and Craft village  Extra : 250$ – 260$ per person onward depends  on number of days .

Note : Each applicants has to pay 100 $USD ( not returnable ) within 15 days of the approval  date of the application to reserve the place. Otherwise it will be open for others.

Residency Fee  includes:

  • Accommodation + BREAKFAST only + 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
  • Writers Meet
  • Presentation of Work and talk
  • 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: Writers in all genres—fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essay, history, biography, and memoir—are encouraged to apply. Both established and emerging writers are welcome. One can apply with 5000 words writing to  info.kalanirvana@gmail.com  with heading ‘INDIA Writer’s Residency ‘ .

Selection procedure :By Committee

Expectations towards the Resident

1. All residents are expected to do a power point presentation on their work and their country .

2. All the residents has to contribute something to the collection of the international collection for  the residency.

Presentation of writer’s 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


  • 24-hour access to studio together with other artists
  • The opportunity to work uninterrupted in our studios at the residency venue
  • Access to an individual adviser
  • Opportunity of workshop with Indian Traditional Artists
  • 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 KIAR Residency

  • January 05th 2018-December 28th 2018 ( closed in APRIL and MAY 2018)

Number of artists resident at one time: 7

Companions allowed : Yes
Grants available : Partial Grant  for students artists group under 30 year age. For Travel grants Artists has to take care of their own grants as this is a self funded organisation.

How to reach ( for cheaper flight please click here )

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