"The Best Retreats for
Artists in India" (2017)
travel to, into and through art
KYTA (Karma Yatri Travel and Art) is an experimental residency program currently based in the Himalayan villages of Kalga (Sosan, Himachal Pradesh) and Stok (Leh and Ladakh). The focus of the residency is to research and explore the relationship between travel, living, culture, community, art and expression. The artistic focus is on the process and the confluence of various creative practices and thought streams across experimental human endeavour.
As a framework for our annual group residency, we invite experimental artists, scientists, technologists and researchers from various disciplines and nationalities every year for a 5-week period. The participants are curated through a private network and recommendations from past participants and team members. The annual residency concludes with a public showcase including exhibitions, live performances and experiences, screenings, workshops and cookouts. We also facilitate other opportunities for custom site-specific research and projects as well as self-directed residencies through the year in both locations.
We continue to build associations and partnerships with experimental artists, projects and institutions globally to expand the scope of cultural exchange with India. In our past editions, we have hosted a bilateral (India-France, 2015), a trilateral (India-Switzerland-South Korea) and an Indo-Europe edition in 2018 to produce close encounters and dialogues with different countries and cultures. In 2019, an Indo-Australian exchange will be initiated as part of KYTA 2019, in our inaugural edition at our new location and residency space - Stok, Leh.
In Kalga, our vision is to establish the Himalayan village as one of the choicest destinations in the world for imagining, producing and experiencing art with long-term ecological and sustainable impact
In Leh, we are at the beginning of our journey in 2019 and we intend to co-create a collective vision and direction for our work in the region, along with our resident and visiting artists, local partners and people