Central to Raga Svara Approach is Aesthetic Wellbeing, which includes music, dance, theatre and many other forms of performing arts. Mandala is our outdoor performance amphitheater serving as the culture centre. It provides a beautiful setting for cultural experiences at Raga Svara
Living at Raga Svara is an experience that is designed to bring you closer to nature. While being luxurious, the residences are built in harmony with local ecology.
The architecture and landscape design of Raga Svara is purposeful and beautiful. One such space within campus is Anahata. Anahata is a place to come together for shared experiences such as dining, Swimming pool and lounges offer spaces to relax and reflect individually and in groups.
Each and every space Raga Svara is carefully thought about and designed. Each space is its own unique experience. While each space is unique, they all have a common design philosophy: to create a sense of belonging and purpose. One of the key experiences at Raga is meditation. While designing, one option was to use the large Yoga centre, Antara, as a meditation space as well. It was (and is) a sensible thing to do. We will be using Antara for meditation as well. However, I wanted a space that was meant exclusively for meditation. In an age of “multiuse” banquets and party plots, regaining a sense of exclusive-use space is a rare experience. Of course, exclusivity does bring sub-optimization with it. However, I think the experience of entering Bodhi and doing nothing and being still inside it is one of the most moving experiences one can have.
Bodhi’s design is a conical structure above the ground. The main seating space is below the ground. A winding circular stairway takes you below and inside the hall. The flat cut out on the top brings natural light inside. The circular space inside with the conical roof makes an incredible acoustic experience. The Om chanting reverberates and echoes back from the walls into your own body and soul. Like all good things in life, it can only be experienced by being here.
Thanks to our design team for these wonderful paintings of the spaces at Raga Svara.
Continuing the series on architecture and landscape at Raga, I am glad to share Anuraga — The Assemblage. Anuraga is the first space you go to when you enter the campus. As with all spaces in the campus, Anuraga is designed with co-existence and harmony as its central elements. Anuraga is place to come together. Anuarag is adjoined by a big open plaza, which is nestled between old Banyan trees.
These buildings and landscapes are beautiful. They allow different interactions and experiences to occur within and around them. I wrote this earlier when we were designing The Northstar School, that architecture is not a luxury for us. Raga architecture is not about making a statement or an impression. For me, our buildings and landscapes are existential spaces, which are fundamental to establishing a relationship between us and our environment. This is fundamental to my thinking about Raga Svara as an institution.
One way that I think about Raga is through, what I describe, “Porosity of boundaries”. I want to make the solid walls between apparently different ideas more porous, more accommodating. Ideas which are traditionally thought of and treated as separate: Bodily health and psychological health, western philosophy and eastern philosophy, modern medicine and traditional medicine, recreational space and educational space. These are just a few that are fused in a meaningful whole at Raga.
And I’ll repeat again, Raga is unlike any other institution. It is not possible to put us in any category. I am hoping that you are all able to find value in what we build.
Introducing spaces at Raga Svara. We are a world class retreat with some of the best spaces for healing, yoga, meditation, culture and residences. One of the spaces at the retreat is Prakriti, the treatment centre. Prakriti will be central to our “Therapeutic Wellbeing” approach. At Raga, we practice authentic Ayurveda with Ayurvedic doctors of national and international repute. Go to sideeffects.com. Our in house Ayurvedic College and Hospital serve patients from all over the state. Prakriti is nestled deep within the Raga Svara campus and is only open to our retreat guests. Raga Svara is bringing ancient Indian medicine within a world class campus.
Antara is the Yoga Centre at Raga Svara. Yoga is one of the core therapeutic experiences at Raga Svara. We had to build a space which honours this critical importance of the space. This beautiful painting gives a sense of the place that Antara will be. Antara is nestled within a Chikoo orchard. There some Mango trees as well which grow through the roof of Antara.