Unesco cultural Heritage site in Mahabalipuram

The Beauty Path

While justice and goodness ensure social progress; an eye for beauty develop aesthetic sensibilities. ‘The Beauty Path’ is hence an art appreciation camp for young adults

5 days 4 nights

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INR 18,750/PAX*

Cultural Camp


Students: Art appreciation camp

Unesco cultural Heritage site


Chennai, Tamil Nadu


Dec 23-28 2022

*Price indicated is for Non-AC Accommodation

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What to expect

  • Attend masterclass in three different musical concepts to hone your musical sensibilities
  • Interact with experts in the field of history, music and culture to learn where and how ‘Bharat’ culturally converges and regionally diverges
  • Visit UNESCO heritage monument and go for heritage walks with experts to learn about the intangible cultural heritage of India
  • Meet new people from various parts of India and world and enjoy the Madras Margazhi Festival at Chennai, the culture capital of India

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About Chennai

carved stone pillar on the entrance of beauty path

Chennai is a metropolitan city in Southern India. Though it was initially developed by the British East India Company as Madras, it gained identity as the cultural capital of India post-independence. Much of it can be attributed when in 1882, the headquarters of the Theosophical Society and its movement was moved to Madras by H. P Blavatsky. During the month of December, the city is a global sensation, as the Madras Margazhi Festival, the longest Music and Dance Festival in the world is organised. Mahabalipuram, the ancient port city located on the Coromandel coast, is a UNESCO heritage destination making Chennai the appropriate location for The Beauty Path.

carved stone pillar on the entrance of beauty path
Indian Art form-Ancient Hand carved wooden figures

Sparks of Travel

Indian Art form-Ancient Hand carved wooden figures

Indian art and culture are built on civilisational ideas, the roots of which go deep. The feature of this camp is not just for developing aesthetic sensibilities like excellence or appreciation for traditions and beauty, but for also developing a cultural identity in young adults. Traditional learning which give a lot of emphasis on learning by experiencing knowledge will be instrumental in uplifting the musical sensibilities of the campers.

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Travel features

Dormitory accommodation

Dormitory accommodation

Common bath and sanitary facilities

Common bath and sanitary facilities

24 hr Room Service

Vegetarian food

Regional cultural activities

Traditional flavours of the landFacilitators to monitor children

Facilitators to monitor children

Beyond the essentials

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Guided Yoga practice
  • 3 Masterclasses
  • Lectures and Talks by Experts
  • Visit to UNESCO Heritage Monument, at Mahabalipuram
  • Recreational activity: Weaving, Kolam
  • Heritage Walk at DakshinaChitra, and Theosophical Society
  • Introduction to Elements of Indian Culture
  • Introduction to Sangam Culture
  • Traditional Outdoor and Indoor Games
Does not Include:
  • Other Local attractions
  • Recreational adventure activities

Additional Notes

  • Prior training or exposure in art or yoga is not required.
  • Interaction with the expert and instructions for guided practice will be in English.
  • Daily schedule will be sent after registration.
  • Registrations close Nov 30.
  • Follow Jvala’s social-media handles for registration announcements.

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