Arts & Culture

Coincidences or Jazz
by Zarin   
Wednesday, 05 February 2014

Kranti and Mike (Photographer: Zarin)This morning, Kranti and Mike stopped by at the studio, to share some information on their up-coming concert. This Sunday, February 9th, they will play at the Sri Aurobindo Auditorium, Bharat Nivas, Pavilion of Indian Culture (International Zone) at 8pm. Both of them are currently visiting Auroville and came across some other, residing, musicians while Kranti was exhibiting her paintings on the theme of music at the Pavilion of Tibetan Culture some weeks ago. So do not miss the result of these coincidences, in the shape of some classical jazz compositions, on Sunday! Read more

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Trovadores, Aurelio & Nadaprem
by Marie Fouquet   
Tuesday, 04 February 2014

A circle to share poems, music and songs (Photographer: Marie Fouquet)Last Friday, there was a peaceful multicultural art sharing with Anandi at Unity Pavilion. Poems were told through sounds and movements with music, and mime artists and lovers told stories in various ways. Nadaprem and Aurelio led a beautiful musical meditation, using a mix of soft Western-Indian harmonies. Joska took us on a trip back to medieval times, generously sharing, with his guitalele, his love of the era. Drupad joined to tell a poem through mime and poetry lovers read poetry in Tamil, Spanish, and English. We hope to see you all, as we meet again on Saturday March 1st! Read more

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The Madwoman of Chaillot
by Shirin   
Sunday, 02 February 2014

The Madwoman of Chaillot (Photographer: Shirin)A poetic satire and a romantic comedy, the drama by French dramatist Jean Giraudoux, written in 1943, was put on the stage of the Sri Aurobindo Auditorium, Bharat Nivas, Pavilion of Indian Culture in the International Zone, by Ellen. Excellent acting by Afsaneh, Anandamayi, Charu, Daniel, Dodo, Elke, Emanuele, Francois, Ingo, Jeff, Lyle, Mirco, Paul, Samvit, Simone, Veronique, Yuval and guests Asia, Tejas, and Kalou under Trinity coaching. Costumes were made by Agnes, Jean managed the lights, and Julia and Swaha the make up. Read more

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World Music&Dance Vanaver Caravan
by Marie Fouquet   
Saturday, 01 February 2014

Beat it through a mix of sounds and human steps (Photographer: Marie Fouquet)Members of Vanaver Caravan presented "EARTHBEAT - A Journey of World Music & Dance" last Thursday, January the 30th. The troupe, normally based at Hudson Valley, NY, U.S., shared their super vibes in Cripa, Kalabhumi, Auroville. Their mix of music, including old folk songs from Ireland, England, Philippines, Brazil, Israel, South Africa, Nigeria and more, performed in a spirit of tolerance, love, sincerity and family, really touched my heart. A moving troupe in movement, spreading waves of kindness, convinced me, once again, that when warmth and generosity are there, everything is. Read more

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Yoga of Life in Art Form
by Alma   
Saturday, 01 February 2014

Drago Druskovic and his wife Barbara (Photographer: Alma)That life flows its own way was clear at yesterday's inauguration of the Drago Druskovic exhibition at Kala Kendra, Gallery Square Circle, Bharat Nivas, Pavilion of Indian Culture (International Zone). Prof. Edwin Zappa shared a story of connections between himself and his then neighbor Drago, who, when he came across Sri Aurobindo and Mother's writings was deeply moved by them. These writings greatly influenced his exploration in search of truth in art. His art itself is colorful, simple, truthful and spiritual.Read more

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Swaha Blues Band in PY
by Radio Team   
Friday, 31 January 2014

From left: Rolf on bass, Ingo on harmonica, Pierre and Edo on guitars, Robert on drums & Swaha vocals. (Photographer: Andrea)The 11th edition of the "Freedom Jam"’, an annual music event supported by the Department of Tourism, Government of Puducherry, was held this last weekend.  Being a part of Republic Day celebrations, it took place at three venues. Seagulls Restaurant was one place hosting Auroville musicians. Swaha Blues Band performed, with Swaha on vocal, Rolf on bass, Ingo on harmonica, Robert on drums, and Pierre and Edo on guitar. Read more

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Aradhana of Saint Thyagaraja
by Patrick   
Monday, 27 January 2014

Aradhana of Saint Thyagaraja performers (Photographer: Patrick)Sunday morning at 9.30 am, a traditional ceremonial procession started  from the Unity Pavilion. When it reached Sawchu, Bharat Nivas, the fourth annual celebration of Aradhana of Saint Thyagaraja was held there, under the auspices of Tamil Heritage Center and Telugu Samaskritika Kendramu. A musical offering of 15 songs of the Saint, including three of the Pancharatna Krisitis, was gifted by the mostly young artist students, under the guidance of Smt Shoba Raghavan and Sri Sukumar. Sri Gordon played the flute, Sri Durai Rajan the violin, and Sri Janardhan the drums. Read more

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Concert of Pelva Naik
by Marie Fouquet   
Friday, 24 January 2014

Inspiration in the deep (Photographer: Marie)Auroville Radio was present to immortalize the magic sounds, the beautiful moments of a musical meditation, last Saturday at Bharat Nivas. Enjoy the depth of sounds and let yourself merge into the vibes of Pelva and musicians' divine sphere of beauty and relaxation. The great singer Pelva Naik is a young and forthcoming artist of her generation. She has been trained by the late Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar Saheb, of the eminent Dagar Gharana of Dhrupad music. Read more

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by Boobalan   
Monday, 20 January 2014

The hole team. (Photographer: Boobalan)In a play based on the epic Ramayana, Ravana kidnaps Sita, the wife of Rama, and so Hanuman comes to help find Sita in Lanka, surrounded by the Ocean. The drama was shown in a different, shorter version for the audience to see  the battle between Rama and Ravana. In the battle Indrajit’s, son of Ravanan, kills Lakshmana, brother of Rama, and other soldiers. During the war Hanuman goes to carry the mountain of Sanjivi, full of medicinal plants which will bring death back to life. Read more

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