travelling monks

Traveling Monks is a section dedicated to travellers – who are interested in exploring, experiencing, understanding and participating in art forms & destinations, cultural practices within India. Backed by our community of researchers and practitioners, we hope to offer to discerning travellers, a deep insight into the art practice & an experience which will be truly enriching and fulfilling.

Traveling Monks  makes you participate in history, art & culture of a place & allows a deeper understanding of places & practices.

Traveling Monks is an initiative in sustainable tourism. The intangible heritage of any place is in a state of flux negotiating with the current realities and hence forming new cultures. For most time, the awareness & knowledge about the rituals, practices  and its shifting significance is not inadequate or non existent in the community and hence hidden to the outsider. Many a times the traveller feels like a stranger who is consuming and taking some voyeuristic delight from his travel experiences, and forming mis-understanding about the  place or culture, which in turn produces and incorrect or imperfect world-view. On the other hand a participative and knowledge based critical approach could open up a whole new world to the traveller, hence making his experience more meaningful and unique.

Hence Traveling Monks aims to use tourism and a mode of unearthing, promoting, preserving, documenting the intangible cultural heritage in communities. This in turn hopefully will lead to a process of positive dialogue within the community about the import and significance of their organic culture, rather being culturally conditioned by a tourism industry constantly culturally conditioning them as a consumer product. The communities interaction with guests, who are more informed about the place and culture will help to forge a meaningful dialogue & open up opportunities for development and growth in a sustainable manner.

Please write to us with your thoughts or specific requirements to sudipta@culturemonks.in

More on Traveling Monks

Make the most from your travel, quench your curiosity and enrich your life with specially designed residency packages by Traveling  Monks .

Traveling Monks has been conducting residencies in India for arts, culture, history, encompassing a wide range of forms including theatre, storytelling, music, visual arts, architecture, festivals, philosophy, cuisine, etc.

Few examples of what you can do are as follows :

  • collaborate with local artists to develop your own performances, music, films, etc. We will also help you put together the performance at sites most suitable to your the contexts.

  • work on community projects which uses arts & culture for social development and skill development. This may includes things like farming, working in slums areas, working with local and traditional artisans, craftsmen, etc.

  • develop deep and authentic insights into local history , arts, culture, philosophies, etc. Learn new skills as you go along.

  • understand conflicts and issues through guided tours and lectures by subject matter experts.

If you’re visiting India, with the intent of

  • Artistic Collaboration like theatrical production, film production, visual arts projects, performance arts projects
  • Culture Education or experiences
  • Insights in local history
  • Understanding the contemporary social, economic or political situations

We can organize an experience for yourself based on your requirements

We have a resource pool of

  • Artists from all spheres, Traditional, Folk and contemporary
  • Access to knowledge mentors and guides
  • Sites suited to your contexts
  • Customized stay packages
  • Technical Capabilities

What We offer

  • A completely safe and authentic experience, where you get access to the best resources.
  • Stay at spaces which are customized to your needs and budgets.
  • Assurance of long term collaborations and projects.

If you’re interested kindly get in touch with us at the following coordinates :
Email : sudipta@culturemonks.in

Phone/Whatsapp : +91 8697919308

 

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