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
K.V. Subrahmanyam, and
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. The fellowships for 2019 have been awarded to:
Emily Holleman, USA. January–March 2018
Per Bloch, Denmark, February–March 2017.
Carlos Eduardo de Magalhães, Brazil, January–February 2017.
Claus Ankersen, Denmark, February–March
Leonora Skov, Denmark, February–March
N.S. Koenings, USA, February–March
Mathilde Walter Clark, Denmark,
Karen Jennings, South Africa,
Jeremy Tiang, Singapore, January
Arun Kashalkar (Hindustani Vocal), 25 August, 2016,
accompanied by Vishal Moghe and Mukul Kulkarni (vocal
support), Praveen Karkare (Tabla) and Vyasmurti Katti
M.V.N. Murthy (Hindustani Veena), 19 April, 2016,
Ravi Shankar R. (tabla).
Sanjay Subrahmanyan (Karnatik Vocal), 30 March, 2016,
S. Varadarajan (violin) and Thanjavur Ramadas (mridangam).
T. Girish (Karnatik Vocal), 29 February, 2016,
R.K. Sriram Kumar (violin) and K. Arun Prakash
Malavika Sarukkai (Bharata Natyam), 13 October, 2015.
T.M. Krishna (Karnatik Vocal), 9 October, 2015,
Akkarai Subhalakshmi (violin), N. Manoj Siva
(mridangam), and B.S. Purushotham (kanjira).
CMI invites distinguished professionals and academicians from
the arts and humanities to give a series of lectures and
performances of about 15-20 hours, spread over two or three
weekends, on a topic of their choice. We expect these lectures/
performances to be accessible to anyone with a passion to
learn. CMI provides the space and the necessary infrastructure
for this interaction to happen. Our hope is to reach interested
people who will attend the lectures/performances and go back with
a deeper understanding of the topics discussed.
We expect such an interaction to be an enriching experience,
both for the selected participants and the teachers involved. In
order to make the interaction more meaningful, however, we
select at most 25 participants for each event.
'Harnessing Creativity' Workshop by Anne Tannam, October 15 and
Poetry Writing Workshop by Sue Butler, October 3 and
Mesoamerica Resiste by Tyler Norman, February 17,
Islamic Heritage of Tamil Nadu by S. Anwar,
October 11, 2014
South Indian Temple Architecture by Chithra Madhavan,
November 9 and 16, 2013
Film Appreciation by Parvathi Nayar,
August 31, September 8 and 14, 2013
An Interaction with Bharatanatyam by Priyadarsini Govind,
March 2, 9 and 16, 2013
Ramayana in the 21st Century by Arshia Sattar, February 9,10,16
and 17, 2013
A Walk through Karnatik Music by T.M. Krishna, October 20, 27 and November 3, 2012
Art Appreciation by Sadanand Menon, September 8, 15 and 22, 2012