Artist in Residence
The Artist-In-Residence Program at Shri Jasnath Asan offers a professional or developing artist the opportunity to pursue their artistic discipline while surrounded by the ashram’s inspiring and spiritual landscape. The artist may stay expense free in the 350 year old fortress with the “family” for a period of 3 months between September and April, producing 6 plates of the founder.
The lives of sages and saints have been recorded for posterity in India by artists and disciples blessed by the gifts of their teaching. These visual records have helped the faithful remain close to the ethics and guidelines provided through blessed and unique lives of austerity, study, and work.
The traditions of Panchla Siddha and Shri Jasnath Asan (ashram) are shared by approximately 700,000 people throughout northern India, and were founded by Siddha Shri Jasnath ji, a great saint incarnated during the 15th century. An ecologist and teacher, Shri Jasnath ji left home at an early age to spread the sounds of harmony among illiterate peoples of Rajasthan, enlightening them to the importance of nature in spirituality. He set a high moral standard of living a simple and democratic life through 36 concise and humanistic rules. His teachings would eventually contribute to the foundations of the Hatha Yoga tradition that has given inspiration to so many subsequent schools of yoga around the globe.
The ashram team continues Shri Jasnath ji’s work today by travelling India and abroad, teaching thousands the fundamentals of Hatha yoga, and the yogic lifestyle. We aim to bring yoga “door to door, and shore to shore” one program at a time. We conduct research and programs in the healing potential for diabetics, drug addicts, and the mentally imbalanced.
Accomodations, Inclusions & Activities
The artist will be housed in an air conditioned single room, and well cared for by a team including a cook, driver, ayurvedic and allopathic physicians. Three vegetarian meals are provided daily, as well as snacks and tea/coffee. Cultural excursions are included, as well as Puja (spiritual rituals daily including singing and music) and spiritual counseling with the guru if wanted.
Basic “consumable” art supplies will be provided at no expense. The artist is encouraged to bring favorite tools and other accoutrements necessary to create the artwork with ease and fulfillment. A small stipend is provided to cover basic necessities such as art supplies, toiletries and bus/train fare to/from Jodhpur and the airport. However, airfare and other personal expenses are the sole responsibility of the artist.
While improving your talent, you can take advantage of a three-month hiatus from the chaos of the world, whether you are between situations or just need to take a step back. Meditate, pray, do yoga daily, eat organic vegetarian food and detox among lovely, caring people who live without prejudice, expectation or malice.
Shri Jasnath Asan accepts and encourages artists all faiths to apply for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. People of many different religious traditions visit the ashram every year from around the world and find the spiritual energy of the ashram to be uplifting and encouraging, no matter who their guru or religious tradition.
No special education is required for this position, however, talent, skill and discipline are a must.
Century old renditions of Shri Jasnath ji have been the mainstay of worship for the simple people of Rajasthan, bringing them comfort and consistency. It is our hope that the Artist-In-Residence, having lived in this environment for three months, will come to understand the climate and culture to the extent that a “new but traditional” interpretation of Shri Jasnath ji’s life can be made in story plates, that will engage both old and young in the thrilling adventure of being a leader in the 15th century.
The candidate is asked to donate to the ashram 6 plates of original work representing the life of Shri Jasnath ji, and the unique and important work he did in the region, which will serve to promote and celebrate the life of a uniquely important man, and the faith and inspiration he continues to instill in disciples around the world. Donated artwork must be received no later than the last day of the three-month residency program.
The artist is also required to provide the copyright for this artwork to Shri Jasnath Asan, who will not allow the commercial use of any donated artwork once it has been transferred to the ashram’s permanent collection. The artist retains a royalty-free, nonexclusive use license under the copyright of the art, such as printed and online portfolio. Shri Jasnath Asan owns the artwork and the rights to reproduce it. Under those rights, the artist has a license to make use of the artwork for his or her purposes, other than commercial profit. When this license is exercised, reproducing the artwork for their own purposes, publication information will include the language: “This artwork was produced under the Artist-In-Residence Program at Shri Jasnath Asan, Pancla Siddha, Nagaur, Rajasthan.”
These creative works are exhibited as frequently as possible and shared with the public through other appropriate means such as website and social media. During many of these occasions, when possible, Shri Jasnath Asan will publish the artwork with credit to the artist for the purpose of encouraging a new creative career.
The Shri Jasnath Asan Trust committee will act as jury in the selection of two artists from the body of applicants. Selection will be based on the artistic style, caliber, ability to communicate the values and processes of the ashram and its founder, and ability to meet the needs and scope of the ashram’s vision and mission to continue to educate disciples and visitors about the importance of nature and yoga. A personal, virtual interview will be conducted with selected candidates, and a final artist chosen. The artists will be selected by September 30.
Print and complete the application. Scan it and a piece of your work that best represents your style and caliber. Send both pieces by September 1 to [email protected]. We will confirm receipt within a few days.