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In the beginning

In 1999 during our first trip to India and Nepal we were amazed by the artistic and cultural wealth we encountered, as well as the extraordinary human warmth. In Katmandu, during an improvised jamming session with some traditional Nepalese musicians, we recorded a homemade CD, which we later distributed to our friends and relatives in France. Our Nepalese musician friends had financial difficulty and could not live off their music, so from the sale of our CD we were able to give them a bit of money. In Nepal, and later particularly in India, having established strong friendships and artistic relations, our desire was to initiate a real dynamic of cultural exchange. However, we could not just take the good and ignore those challenges, so we were led to focus our activities onto establishing a more inclusive exchange. This is how we came up with the idea of producing CDs in order to fund various cultural and social actions in show of support and solidarity...

Jérôme & Marie-Christine Chaumié
Jérôme & Marie-Christine Chaumié

Our aspirations

"Sharing material, cultural and spiritual wealth"

For these purposes, the association acts in an artistic, educational, and social scope. It promotes exchange between human beings and relations between cultures. It works towards raising funds to initiate or participate in supportive activities targeted to meet specific needs. It contributes to the training of men, women and children, and their participation in artistic, cultural and educational practices.


Association Loi de 1901
SIRET (registration) no.: 44787364700013

Who does what?

Who is Sarasvati?

Sarasvati is the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, arts and science. She is the consort of Brahma, and is considered to be the "mother of the Vedas". The name Saraswati came from "saras" (meaning "flow") and "wati" (meaning "a woman"). So, Saraswati is symbol of knowledge; its flow (or growth) is like a river and knowledge is supremely alluring, like a beautiful woman. Source: Wikipedia
Members of the office:

Jérôme Chaumié
Violin teacher in Ecole intercommunale du Pays de Cahors

Marie-Christine Chaumié

Violette Soni
Teacher, project manager, musician...
Vice-president & cultural delegate In India

Jérôme Chaumié
Violin teacher in Ecole intercommunale du Pays de Cahors
Marie-Christine Chaumié

Sonia Bischoff
Ergotherapist, painter and sculptor
Thérèse Rullié

Sonia Bischoff
Ergotherapist, painter and sculptor
Assistant secretary

Friends of the association

Partner associations:
Ali Baba and You!
"ALIBABA" is the name Indian children gave to Jean-Marie Grillon. "YOU" is all of us who help him help them. It is in Varanasi that Grillon discovered the Indian's India, learned to love Her as She is and to be loved in return. He understands Her without judging Her and thus offers Her the help She needs.

Atma Seva Trust
Apolitical and non-religious NGO delivering programs, with a particular focus on widows, women, children and the elderly, to promote health and education in neglected and impoverished regions. Sustainable livelihood options for rural women, in flood affected areas is a priority (Rishikesh & Himalayan mountain locations, India)

Bénarès Amitié
French association in Varanasi. Free clinics, hospitalisation for the poor and street people, equipment for the disabled, etc.

C.J. Maa Music School
A free Indian classical music school for local children in Rishikesh (Uttarakhand, India)

Indian association working to help the poor and destitute to become s elf-sufficient through developing human resources – training, education, jobs, livelihoods and direct support (Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India)

Jimy Library
French association working towards educating Indian children by purchasing books and stationery ("materiel scolaire") and improving the living conditions of empoverished children (Varanasi)

Shanti Hastkala
Indian association working towards empowering women as powerful agent of social change (Village Magod, Gujarat, India)

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Vio Meena Soni
Vice-president & cultural delegate in India (France, India)

Pt. Sukhdev Prasad Mishra
Renowned violin maestro of Benares (Uttar Pradesh, India)

Marc Ingrand
Graphist and tabla player (France)

Nomad Adilkhan (association)
Yurts, handicraft, travel (France, Mongolia)

Shanti Mandir
Swami Nityananda (Uttarakhand, Gujarat, USA)

Siddha Ashram
Swami Nardanand, Acharya (Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, India)