Chennai Mathematical Institute

CMI Arts Initiative

The objective of the CMI Arts Initiative is to provide a space for students, professionals and anybody else keenly interested in the humanities and arts to interact and learn from experts in these areas. The CMI Arts Initiative is coordinated by K. Srilata, K.V. Subrahmanyam, and Madhavan Mukund.

Forthcoming programmes

Events and talks, 2024

Events and talks, 2023

Events and talks, 2022

Events and talks, 2021

During the pandemic, CMI organized a series of online talks and readings by writers.


Past programmes

Writers in residence

CMI is proud to host a writers' residency programme in cooperation with Sangam House. Under this programme, CMI supports international writers each year for a residency of 4–6 weeks.

There were no fellowships awarded in 2020–2021 and 2021–2022 due to the CoViD-19 situation.

Previous awardees


  • Arun Kashalkar (Hindustani Vocal), 25 August, 2016, accompanied by Vishal Moghe and Mukul Kulkarni (vocal support), Praveen Karkare (Tabla) and Vyasmurti Katti (Harmonium).

  • M.V.N. Murthy (Hindustani Veena), 19 April, 2016, accompanied by Ravi Shankar R. (tabla).

  • Sanjay Subrahmanyan (Karnatik Vocal), 30 March, 2016, accompanied by S. Varadarajan (violin) and Thanjavur Ramadas (mridangam).

  • T. Girish (Karnatik Vocal), 29 February, 2016, accompanied by R.K. Sriram Kumar (violin) and K. Arun Prakash (mridangam).

  • Malavika Sarukkai (Bharata Natyam), 13 October, 2015.

  • T.M. Krishna (Karnatik Vocal), 9 October, 2015, accompanied by Akkarai Subhalakshmi (violin), N. Manoj Siva (mridangam), and B.S. Purushotham (kanjira).


Art at CMI