The name of the club "Shiva" refers to the name of one of the principal deities of Hinduism. In the Shaivite tradition, Shiva is the Lord who creates, protects and transforms the Universe - a creative force. Accordingly, the Shiva-club is a community of creative, multi-talented people: scientists, artists, poets, writers, and musicians. It was founded in 2008 by small group of friends: Barry Vershov (musician and poet), Boris Kokotov (poet and translator), Izya Shlosberg (artist and writer).
The mission of the club is to provide the space for exchange of ideas, for sharing information about cultural events, for advertising and promoting members' work, and so on. It is a private club: membership is by invitation only.
Membership is free. Each member can invite up to 5 candidates, each candidate has to be unanimously approved by the club founders. The founders can invite as many candidates as they wish. When admitting new member there is no discriminations based on race, religion, gender, and sexual orientation.
Any member can leave the club for any reason but must notify the founders in a timely manner. The founders have the right to revoke an individual's membership on the grounds of unethical speech or behavior, but such decision must be approved by a simple majority of the members.