Culture - The root of the knowledge

Lights, firecrackers & fun
by Andrea   
Sunday, 03 November 2013

Kids and adults celebrating Diwali. (Photographer: Andrea Kunkl)Pop!! Bang!! Whooo!! Boom!!! That's fireworks at work... Bang! Whoosh!! Crackle! Wizz!! Swirl! Whistle! Flash... Burst... Sputter! Hiss!! Whizz!!! Listen to kids running as parents watch them enjoy the event in a relaxed mood. It was a beautiful night with Aurovilians and guest gathering together waiting to enjoy the concert at Bharat Nivas Auditorium. Diwali is one of the most important festivals of the year and it is usually celebrated by families performing traditional activities together in their homes. Read more

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by Zarin   
Wednesday, 02 October 2013

Taratni, Enyo and Ruben (Photographer: Zarin)The completion of Trust, the first song of an album in progress by Taranti and Ruben, inspired us to interview Taranti. She explains that the song was written for a friend who was depressed, to shine a light on the trust that Taranti knows is present in each one of us, even during our darkest hours. She also speaks of the overall aim of bringing meaningful lyrics to the dance floor, through the addition of beats by Ruben. After an intense time singing mainly lullabies, Taranti and Ruben are both excited to be experimenting with music again. Listen to the whole song at the end of the interview. Read more

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The Vedanta and the Uspanishads
by Patrick   
Thursday, 26 September 2013

Neema Majmudar (Photographer: Patrick)What is it that I am really seeking through my various pursuits in life? Neema Majmudar explained to us the path of personal growth through the Vedenta, sharing her deep knowledge of those ancient texts. With patience and dedication she shone a modern ligt on the vision of the traditional teaching of Advaita Vedanta. Neema was born in Bombay and has been studying Vedanta for the last 25 years. She has also completed a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University and an MBA, in addition to following a three and half year residential course with Swami Dayananda at Coimbatore. Read more

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Trovodores in August
by Kristen   
Sunday, 01 September 2013
Aran, Gal, Mayaan, and Tamar singing (Photographer: Kristen)At this sitting of Los Trovodores, ad-hoc minstrels of the community, Anandi brought copies of some of the first poetry collections published in Auroville. She read a poem dedicated to Anna Maria and told of their friendship in the old days. Chitra read a poem in Tamil, written by Meenakshi, based on a letter by Sri Aurobindo written after Mrinalini's passing. Aran recited an ancient Hebrew song, and later sang "Shir Lamaalot" with Mayaan, Tamar and Gal. Susanna read a Spanish translation of a poem by Sri Aurobindo. Read more

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Trojan in Auroville
by Andrea   
Friday, 12 April 2013
The famous horse... (Photographer: Andrea)A computer virus? A PC worm?? Not, this time real Trojan walked the soil of Auroville! The 6th grade students of Transition School performed one of the most famous events of the Greek mythology, the Trojan war. Gods, swords, kings, princess and a horse-unicorn is the recipe of the well attended play. The classic Greek tragedy is turned in an modern novel with mobile phones and rock songs. This choice made accessible the roots of the western culture to kids and teenagers. May be not a very classical interpretation but for sure we all had fun. Read more

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KAMBA Literary Festival
by Thierry   
Tuesday, 02 April 2013
Ramayanam 1 (Photographer: Web)All was invited to participate in the Literary Festival of Kamba Ramayana on 31st March 2013 Sunday at Bharat Nivas, Auroville. A whole day full of lectures, discussions, music, dance and theater lead by great scholars and reputed personalities to address our students, staff and public from Auroville region. This event was organized by the Tamil Heritage Centre to celebrate the Kamba Literary Festival. Kamba lived almost 1000 years ago during the Chola dynasty from the centre part of Tamil Nadu and wrote Ramayana in Tamil. Read more

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Festival of colors at Upasana
by Julie   
Friday, 29 March 2013
Happy Holi, the Festival of colors. (Photographer: Julie)Like every year, Upasana Design Studio celebrated Holi, the Colors Festival, on Wednesday 27th of March. In the North of India, it's New Year, but everywhere else it's also the beginning of summer. As soon as the guests arrived in Upasana, organizers and other participants threw on them colored powder. They even stopped motor bike on the road to make them join this joyful moment, full of harmless colors and laughter. People shared snack together, listened to music and danced in the garden. At the end of the afternoon, they even threw water ! Read more

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Janaka nous raconte ses 3 vies
by Alex   
Tuesday, 19 March 2013
Janaka (Photographer: Alex)Janaka est un Aurovillien de longue date. Il est arriver a Auroville apres avoir experienter d autres realites en france. Comme il aime a le dire, Janaka a plusieurs vies, au moins 3. Aujourd`hui Janaka habite a Auroville dans les appartements a Citadines. C`est avec chaleur qu`il nous parle de son parcours, sa vie en prison, son envie d`ailleurs, et son arrivee a Auroville, ou il a passer la plus gande partie de sa vie. Janaka, a recemment publie un livre et en prepare un autre pour completer le recit de sa vie. Read more

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