Writers Residency

It’s a dream of many writers and artists to spend time at a quiet, cool and green environment where they can focus on their writing or painting without any disturbance. VIDS offers simple and comfortable board and lodging and inspiring spaces to explore creativity, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The cost is moderate and duration could be up to one year. VIDS also offers opportunities for volunteers and interns to contribute to our mission with their skills in design, art, research, farming, gardening, marketing etc.

Partnership with Goethe Institut

The Goethe-Institut is the Federal Republic of Germany’s cultural institute, active worldwide. They promote the study of German abroad and encourage international cultural exchange. The Bangalore Residency Programme has been conceived as a long-term collaboration between the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Bangalore and various innovative and discerning contemporary art/cultural spaces and partners in Bangalore, with a view to offering German aspirants a space conducive to creative output and the opportunity to interact with Indian artists/experts, in the challenging context of Asia’s fastest-growing metropolis.


Visthar is a writer’s dream for exclusive time come true. As a writer and a grassroots lake activist I was desperate for seclusion. Visthar gave me just that though under the watchful eyes of the helpful staff. I had planned to stay for two months to write a memoir on reviving Puttenahalli Lake in south Bengaluru. Working from morning till night, I completed the manuscript in six weeks. In mid August 2018, I left recharged as a writer and ready to face new challenges in my lake. I now wonder why I didn’t think of retreating to Visthar all these years!


Contact Info

Amarinder Kaur


Mon – Fri 9:00A.M. – 5:00P.M.