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“6 artists residing in Preet Ghar
Clashing energies, Flying sparks,
A faint smell of tobacco in the air.
There was the writer and musician,
Giving in to words and fantasy.
The chubby-ish one who couldn’t sit still
Possibilities constantly flooding her mind.
The boy next door, an unusual neighbour,
Expressions seeping in and out of the skin.
A foreigner who felt right at home,
Mind and soul open to give and receive.
And the one responsible for the collective enrichment,
A beauty hunter like me.”

Rohini Keriwal
Kolkatta
19th March, 2015


 

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“The ten days I spent , with four other artists, turned out to be one of the most inspiring and memorable trips I’ve made in 2015. While still a work-in-progress, the infrastructure for a full-fledged residency already exists. As a writer and musician, this helped create the perfect space for me to work on stories and tunes. From the lovely Wodehouse collection to the hospitality and friendliness of the Singh family, I couldn’t have asked for anything more. The artists-in-residence involved the local kids in games and activities, making Preet Nagar a great place to work on a creative project while giving back to this charming village in Punjab.”

Nicholas Rixon
Kolkatta
23rd April, 2015


 

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Why does somebody do what he does? It’s a question that I struggle the most with. It’s this struggle which gives me inspiration for my work.
Last year I was in Punjab and I started a project which I was passionate about. This year I wanted to continue it and see what I could add to it. I heard about this beautiful and historical artist residency near Amritsar and I was hooked to the idea about continuing my project there. Despite not being able to spend a lot of time there, I had the most exhilarating time with new friends, great food and an environment of happiness which helped me with my work and has given me inspiration and ideas about how I want to go ahead with my work and life.

Anish Sarai
Mumbai
10th Jan, 2016


 

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Preet Nagar has the kind of creative energy that has been honed in a space for generations. The simplicity and purity of the surroundings work like magic in clearing out your headspace and your thoughts float freely across the open fields .. Samia is a great host! so warm , hospitable.. adding her inspiring energy to the place. . It was the perfect place to create a productive mind set for the new year. The few days I spent in Preet Nagar were beautiful though definitely not enough. Going back soon for sure!

Devika Swarup
New Delhi
5th Jan, 2016

Photo by A&Y


 

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Preet Nagar Residency exceeded my expectations. This place is high on warmth and friendliness. The location is perfect to spend time reading, writing, creating, wondering and wandering. The stay was very comfortable, food was homely and healthy, and people were warm and supportive. Preet Nagar has its roots in the field of art and history, which is why the artist residency is very much in-sync and gives one a holistic experience. One can learn more of the place and its history, on arriving as the organizers take you around the fields, ancient ruins and an old building which is being turned into a studio space for artists. Overall, a week well spent, creating and learning along with other artists at the residence. Looking forward to being here again, for a longer period of time.

Vishakha Jindal
New Delhi
20th Jan, 2016


 

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The perfect place to clear your head, go on long walks and get inspired. I took a little piece of Preet Nagar with me and left behind a little bit of my heart.

Rohini Ahuja
Shimla
10th February, 2016


 

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Beautiful , tranquil and welcoming. Preet nagar is magical and filled with positive energy !! Everything about it is real and nice. It’s not only a great escape from the city but a place where you wake up feeling brighter and happier each day !

Jasmine Singh
Amritsar
10th February, 2016