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Ambika Beri at Artichol

Art Ichol is my vision for a world class multi-arts centre; a dream that came with a will of its own and became my purpose and driving force from the year 2012-2015 . On hindsight, it seems to have followed a logical path, drawing from my life events, endeavours and things as they unfolded.

Art Ichol is designed to provide facilities and an environment for artists, writers and other creative individuals to excel in. It is my tribute to those great artists and people who influenced my life.

I envision Art Ichol as a cultural reservoir for legacies to be left behind in; where people will be remembered by the creative work they did here, for generations ahead.

Art Ichol has been designed as a meeting ground for ideas and a space for imagination to flourish. There is enough room in the world for practicality and functionality, but what of our dreams? Whether you are a writer, photographer or film maker, Art Ichol is blessed with an environment that inspires the impossible. It is not merely a visual arts centre but a commune for all creative fields. I hope to see shared creativity, and multi-dimensional works of art born through the interdisciplinary dialogues we encourage at this centre. Yes, Art Ichol is about grand aspirations and dreams. Isn't that where our countless yearnings reveal themselves?

Over the years, I have invited many artists to work in Maihar, held workshops and met magical minds on these grounds. It was only natural for me to build this establishment here. To be able to work under open skies, relish the subtle symphonies of nature away from the neurosis of urban life, and share this with my friends, colleagues and patrons, has been the biggest blessing of all. More and more people should benefit from this space and its inspiring pulse. Looking out from my little window in Maihar, I dream of sharing it with the whole world!