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Category Archives: Multimedia

Interest and Passion matters

Auroville Radio station had a guest from Pondicherry University Department of Mass Communication and Journalism on the weekend morning. Mr David Dinakaran, Masters student of Mass Communication and Journalism has been interviewed to know the general view on journalism and his reporting experience during Chennai Floods. He shared his happiness for Journalism and interest for mass media.

He said that, "One has to have immense interest and passion to serve society to take up the post of a journalist. It is not an easy task but a 24/7 job". He also later added that interpretation is part of political journalism and there has to be a healthy journalism with inclusiveness of socio-cultural, political, economic and environmental aspects concerning the society.

In India, the career path for journalism is not much supported as there is less pay and therefore, students hardly show interest towards this amazing field.

Light in Darkness

Last night, despite the limited seating, Pavilion of Tibetan Culture, International Zone was packed. LIGHT in DARKNESS, an interdisciplinary performance with original stories, poetry, moving images, movements and music had attracted many curious people, excited to partake in the multi-layered creative offering. The performance was created and performed by Hamish with Christoph on multi-media and directed by fif. Hamish shared a unique poetry performance with us, based on the exhibition of his original photos and poetry of the same name (still running at TP). In his performance, the poetry came alive. Word play, as carefully lined as a precious beads on the silk string to create a pattern, conveying a story, reflection, memory, association.... constantly in deep awareness of his entity and the world around him, showing extreme sensitivity and personal experiences, sometimes with a humorous or even sarcastic note but all the time looking up to the LIGHT in DARKNESS.

Comments: 0 Date: 09 Jan 2016

AVFF Panel Discussions Wed. 7 Oct.

Auroville Film Festival Roundtable panel discussion from day six, Wednesday Oct 7.

Comments: 1 Date: 08 Oct 2015

Contributing to Human Unity AVFF, 3 Oct, Panel talks, Day 1

Contributing to Human Unity is the theme and of the Auroville Film Festival 2015 and every day there are moderated discussions, or round tables, discussing the films that are being screened in the category of films that develop the theme of human unity. These will happen every day at the SAIIER Conference Room between 2.30 to 3.30pm, from 3rd to 7th of October. This year Sasi, along with Suresh Jayaram, will be leading those discussions. The following is the recording of today's round-table panel discussion where Phillipe Borrel, Mr. Ramanam, and Doris joined Sasi, and Suresh.

Comments: 0 Date: 03 Oct 2015

A Journey of Love and Adventure

Lilith Fashion Schol 2016 Final Year fashion show of two students - Chandra and Vanitha, each with six pieces of garments, inspired by architecture of Taj Mahal and Antonio Gaudi. Fashion show, and more than just a show - A Journey of Love and Adventure where joint creativity of many avilians has came forward. After short presentation of models on catwalk story continues in the series of theatrical vignette or snippets which further reveals the charism hiding beneath the designs. The beauty of models and designs along with the series of theatrical vignettes, supported with danceable music thrilled the audience. Lilith Fashion School with its founder Christina along with Gabi, Gabi and Alice continues the story of vocational training structure within Auroville offering the opportunity for youngster to require the essential skills of the trade in fashion design and garment creation. Lightning by Dare Devils and Jean art&media by Doris and Frances MC Jesse Auroville Fashion show 2016 photographs by Coriolan Weihrauch / MiA Studio

Comments: 0 Date: 24 Jan 2016

Newly opened wing of AVDZINES

The working unit of Auroville Design Services (AVDZINES) was inaugurated on the 24th of November, Tuesday at 4 pm at the Mangalam campus (between Wellpaper & Bamboo research centre).
The Executive head of AVDZINES - Guna and the Architect of the new wing - Ganesh were found continuously occupied making arrangements for the inauguration at the campus. Many Aurovillians and other Architecture enthusiasts showed their presence sensing every bit of the building.
Guna said, "This is the first phase of the working unit constructed in a year from May 2014 to June 2015."
He also mentioned that the current Graphics section at the Multimedia centre would continue to function, on an office basis.

Listen to Guna who gives more details about the new wing.

AVFF Panel discussion Mon 5th Oct

The Auroville Film Festival roundtable panel discussion of 5th Oct. - day 4 From AurovilleFilmFestival Facebook page: Round Table Discussion on Human Unity Sasikant and Suresh was joined by Kavitha and Marco (Artistic Director) and the roundtable started by discussing the film Girl Rising. Kavitha said that one reason she liked the film was because they used local village and city girls and paired them with local women journalist to capture their authentic voice and stories. The film depicts a number of women from the South/under developed countries and tells their stories. However the movie also supplies UN and other development data that highlights how we could quickly transform the South (and North-rich countries) by placing policy, money and infrastructure to assist women/girls. This path to development is faster and pragmatic, unlike the mythical ‘trickle down effect’ (putting most of the resources into the rich who will supposedly create weath for all via their investment – a Reagan and Thatcher – mythology that is still pursued today) The panel and the audience also discussed The Sower… More:

Comments: 0 Date: 08 Oct 2015

Cosmos and Being

Poumi Lescaut , a regular visitor of Auroville and highly creative human being is searching for beautiful dimension in every being, and tries to bring it up. Versatile artist - dance, singing, painting, writing ... chanting Poumi has recently finished Gaia - a contemporary creating with four shamans, which was also filmed. Poumi si merging creativity with transition in which sacred contemporary dance comes forward with its conscious role.
Poumi invites us to her workshop on Cosmos and Being on 23rd 24th of January between 10am to 1pm at CRIPA. The workshop is dance and improvisation, and the only requirements are that one is physically well and have a spirit of researcher.

Voyage of Poumi’s life

In the first part of my life I was essentially a dancer and a
choreographer, all though I was painting and chanting…
Starting in Maurice Béjart’s company, than had my own company with creations all over (Europe, Mediterranean countries, Africa, New York, Antilles, and a lot in India…)
In India I learned
mantras and prayers on the banks of river Ganges, than started a series of cd’s focused on Indian spiritual chants and after, Tibetan: “Incantations”, “Incandescence”, “Hung” and “Rudraksha”. The last one just born, is “Malkhout” with texts of Bible, in Hebrew, Greek and Arameen.
I love the sharing of this energy with the audience in concerts, each time happens a deep experience. Different programs are available: centered on a specific tradition or a voyage to all.
I also dance at the end of the program when the place makes it
All my life has been focused on self knowledge and self development through body language and yoga, by teaching classes and workshops. My aim is to bound art, therapy and
spirituality (in a cosmic view, I wrote a book about Sri Balayogi: “The Alchemy of Silence”).
The chants are inspired by a deep research with great spiritual masters, who gave there assents for singing these texts.
Painting and healing are also important in an other space of my life.
Everything is done to open the hart and to bring

Mime Festival -Miming for Masters

This morning, despite the heavy rain and winds Drupad has visited us in our studio to share with us some thoughts on coming Mime Festival
MIMING FOR THE MASTERS - in AUROVILLE from the 12th to the 24th of November.... which, according to Drupad, will be just a beginning.

This festival is an International Mime Festival taking place for the first time within various
mime groups worldwide and within a few states in India. It is a festival in which Mimes and lovers of The Silent Art Form gather together the world over to honour THE MASTERS OF MIME - living and bygone. Conceptualised in Auroville, it is organised by the Bharatiya Mookabhinaya Natya Mahasangha (Indian Mime Federation) in association with various worldwide Mime Associations and Festival Committees. Auroville shall be the Administrative Centre of this Worldwide event.
From the 21st to the 24th the festival in Auroville shall be graced by the Padma Shri Awardee Shri Niranjan Goswami who is the Director of Indian Mime Theatre - Kolkata and also the President of Indian Mime Federation.
Miming for the Masters in Auroville includes:
Recording of Multiple One Minute Mime Videos.
24hr Non - Stop Mime Performance starting from the 17th of November - 6 pm until the 18th of November - 6 pm.
Workshops conducted by 7 Professional Mime Artists during the 12 day Mime Festival.
Living Statue Story performed and recorded on the 21st of November.
Video conference with a Few Masters of Mime.
Three Mime shows on the 21st, 22nd and the 23rd of November.
Information about the evolution of the idea of the festival, the Festival itinerary, Locations of Venues, Pre - Festival open house in Auroville and other details will be posted in the festival page of the website on the 7th of November (This Saturday). You can find this information on the same day on its social networking page Those who wish to be part of this event or would like to know more about it please contact Drupad on +91 9626561256 or send an
email to

AVFF 2015: And the Winner is….

As the 2015 Auroville Film Festival drew to a close, Svaram drummers Marco and Tlaloc performed for the crowd and, with the help of jurors, gave the prizes in all four categories. The Drupad mime act kept the crowd entertained during the intermission, and the evening ended with the Tamil play of Yatra students which was interrupted by rain at the opening ceremony last Friday. Creativity and passion for film and other art forms in the community is growing, as proven by the excellent films submitted by and about Aurovillians, and especially those created by students. Every festival gets better and better as the quality of the movies reaches new highs. We enjoyed five days of interesting, funny and thought-provoking films, discussions on the theme of human unity. We have socialized, listened to brilliant music performances, and feasted on some good food. Thanks to Auroville Film Festival organizers, and all the volunteers!

Comments: 0 Date: 07 Oct 2015