Art & Culture

Promoting Peace and Harmony through artistic and cultural interactions. Mastering any art form is a prayer, sadana and a sanyasa. Art destroys the ego and fosters harmony. Art brings about the universal experience that unites people of all faiths from all walks of life.

Peace & Harmony

Chavara Cultural Centre is a centre promoting ‘Peace & Harmony’ through inter-religious dialogue, art, literature, music, dance and cultural interactions.


India is the land of religious pluralism. In this country of Hindus, Christians, Muslims, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Jews, Zoroastrians, Baha'i and Tribal religions, the best way to foster harmony and peace is to celebrate all religious and cultural festivals, paving way for mutual respect and acceptance.

Social Integration

To create a society free from all religious conflicts and tensions. To create a sense of discipline, responsibility, respect for other religions, spirit of sacrifice, service and compassion among youth. To protect Mother Earth by living a life of harmony with oneself, others and God.

Reviving Folk Art Forms

Reviving folk art forms of all indigenous groups awakens a brand new culture in society - a culture of mutual respect and acceptance. There will be less chance of intolerance and religious fanaticism.

Guiding New Generations

To live in peace and happiness by living in harmony with Nature ,fellow human beings, each one's culture and customs, faith and festivals, rights and Rituals

Every Educational Institution is a Cultural Centre.

If every institution could focus on awakening a new culture of harmony and peace in each student through the celebration of art.

Mastering any art form is a prayer, sadana and a sanyasa.

A true artist endures great agony to sacrifice the self and unite with the art.

Culture of mutual respect and acceptance.

Basics to the Catholic position on interreligious dialogue is the teachings of the Vatican II in its document on Church’s relationship with others.

Fr. Thomas Chathamparampil CMI


Chavara Cultural Centre, Delhi, has indeed benefited immensely and is growing day by day through his presence as our patron.

About our Patron

Fr. Thomas Chathamparampil, former vice chancellor of Christ University in Bengaluru, was on March 13 elected the prior general of the Carmelite of Mary Immaculate (CMI), a Kerala-based congregation. He succeeds Fr. Paul Achandy, the current prior general. Fr. Chathamparampil, who held the office for six years, was born in 1953 in Pulincunnoo, Alappuzha, and was ordained a priest in 1983. He has a doctorate degree and authored a book, “Organisational Commitment of Teachers of Higher Education,” based on his doctoral study. The federal Ministry of Defence awarded him the rank of Honorary Colonel in 2012, when he was the vice chancellor of Christ University, a post he held until 2019.

The CMI is the first indigenous religious congregation in the Catholic Church of India. Along with Saint Kuriakose Chavara, Fathers Thomas Palackal and Thomas Porukara founded it in 1831. Initially, the congregation was known as the Servants of Mary Immaculate. The CMI priests work in various parts of India and abroad. It had 2,597 members (1,900 priests) in 2016.

Dr. Fr. Martin Mallathu CMI

Our Chairman

Chavara Cultural Centre, Delhi, under his chairmanship is growing by leaps and bounds.

About our Chairman

Fr. Martin Mallathu, CMI, is the General Councillor for Education and Media, CMI Congregation. He was ordained a priest in 1997. He holds a Ph.D. in education from Maharaja Krishnakumar Sinhji Bhavnagar University, Gujarat.
Dr.Fr. Martin Mallathu, CMI, has served as a principal at various educational institutions, like:
St. Thomas School, Mahuva, Gujarat; St. Mary’s School, Bhavnagar, Gujarat; St. Xavier’s School, Junagadh, Gujarat; St. Xavier’s PTC College, Himatnagar, Gujarat; Christ School, Chitra, Bhavnagar, Gujarat; and Christ School, Bangalore, Karnataka.

Dr. Fr. Roby Kannamchirayil CMI

Our Director

Chavara Cultural Centre, Delhi, under his able leadership and guidance, has evolved into a strong secular cultural hub in the capital city of India.

About our Director

Dr. Fr. Roby Kannamchirayil, CMI (Carmelites of Mary Immaculate), is a Catholic priest in the Syro-Malabar Rite from Kerala, India. He is a prominent figure renowned for his outstanding contributions to education, inter-religious dialogue, art, music, and cultural interactions. He serves as the Director of the Chavara Cultural Centre in Delhi, India. He had been serving as the secretary to the Dialogue and Ecumenism Commission of Kerala Catholic Bishop Councils (KCBC, 2011–2017).
On the global stage, Dr. Fr. Roby represents an NGO at the United Nations. His 25 years of experience and leadership in the field of dialogue extended to assuming the role of Secretary General of the World Fellowship of Inter-Religious Councils (WFIRC) from 2008 to 2021, during which he organised six World Assembly of Religions in different parts of the world.
For his unwavering efforts in promoting peace, harmony, and inter-religious dialogue, Fr. Roby has received prestigious awards, including the URI Asia-Pacific Region Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018 and the ‘Vishwa Shanti Padmam’ (Lotus of World Peace) from the World Yoga Community in 2019 in New York. These accolades underscore his global impact as a peace advocate.

Mr. Abhishek Anand

The staff here are extremely helpful and I will definitely be using their services again and would most certainly prizes for their events!

Sam Methew

They provided us with a live auction lot at our recent Inaugural Gala Dinner, a fabulous 3 nights’ stay at the stunning Marbella Club Spain.

Rajvi Prabhakar

They have helped Show Racism the Red Card to fundraise by providing some genuinely fantastic prizes.