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.


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:

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).

Weekend programmes

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.

Past Programmes

Art at CMI