KYTA (Karma Yatri Travel and Art) is an experimental residency program currently based in the Himalayan village of Kalga. The focus of the residency is to research and explore the relationship between travel, living, culture, community, art and expression. The artistic focus is on the process and the confluence of various artistic practices and thought streams across experimental human endeavour. As a framework, we invite multiple artists from various disciplines and nationalities every year to produce solo and unified artistic results within a finite time period. Alongside, we are building associations and partnerships with artists, projects and institutions globally to expand the scope of cultural exchange with India. In our past editions, we have hosted a bilateral (India-France, 2015) and a trilateral (India-Switzerland-South Korea) edition to produce close encounters and dialogues with different countries and cultures.
KYTA's vision is to 'establish Kalga as one of the choicest destinations in the world to imagine, produce or experience art with long-term sustainable and ecological impact'. Kalga is a small hamlet in the picture perfect Parvati Valley at the foothills of the Himalayas in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Kalga serves as the muse of KYTA becoming the larger subject of a study into how artistic practices can attract the discerning traveller helping build sustainability without the need to modernise the village and lose its authenticity and essence.
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