Category Archives: Performing Arts

How To Skin a Giraffe

.... or Escaping Fate is Futile, put on the stage by Chennai's theater group Perch and Rafiki at Adishkati. A play "How To Skin a Giraffe" was inspired by Georg Buchner's "Leonce and Lena" , directed by Rajiv Krishnan. In Leonce and Lena Buchner takes gently ironical look at some of his favorite subject - idleness and boredom, love, autocratic government and people as puppets among other things, treating all these in an absurd vein.
Theater group Perch and Rafiki have used the comic and absurd nature of the original play as the starting point for their own interpretation.
They have added live music, simple stage set and colorful costumes, and the play is conveyed in many languages of India, English, and a bit of German.
"How To Skin a Giraffe" was a part of a month long festival "Remembering Veenapani Chavla" at Adishakti.


Leonce and Lena (German: Leonce und Lena) is a play by Georg Buchner (1813–1837) which is considered a comedy, but is actually a satire veiled in humor. It was written in the spring of 1836 for a competition 'for the best one- or two-act comedy in prose or verse' sponsored by the Stuttgart publisher Cotta. However, Büchner missed the submission deadline and the play was returned to him unread. It was premiered almost 60 years later, on May 31, 1895, in an outdoor performance by the Munich Company Intimes Theater, directed by Ernst von Wolzogen and with the involvement of Max Halbe and Oskar Panizza, illustrating the fact that Büchner only gained prominence as a writer in the 20th century.

Erich Kästner considered Leonce and Lena to be one of the six most important classic comedies of the German language.

Scenes from Shakespeare's Plays

Auroville Theatre Group has prepared 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare death at CRIPA last night. Gathered saw series of scenes of plays staged in Auroville - Romeo and Juliet, Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night, Hamlet, Julius Cezar.
"Foton" from Banaglore shared part of Macbeth, work still in progress

Off the Cuff-65

Renu and Wazo are delighted to report on the massive change that took place today, with the upcoming 50 anniversary a collective inward questioning and discomfort was felt by all as the celebrations were being planned, when a sobering common sense approach began invading the general atmosphere, it was now felt that rather than ceremonies and celebrations, actual changes in our day to day functioning were the best ceremony to celebrate... and so it began! Listen for the latest and do let us know what or which changes you have adopted in Auroville today!

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Off the Cuff-62

In this episode we talk about summer's heat and flowering trees, wild life spotting, the active RAS works with questionnaires and meetings to move towards participatory governance, Eco Service update, Urban garden at the town hall and Fund Raising for Radio Staff member and a shout out to the fabulous "usual culprits" that generally support collective activities - thank you!
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Account - AUROVILLE UNITY FUND (pls specify "for Miriam's Family House")

account number 10237876508
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Music by Charlie Mc Gee
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Kids at International Dance Day

It's the International Dance Day and the dance lovers and dancers from various schools and colleges of Auroville and Pondicherry have performed classical and modern dances at the Sawchu, Bharat Nivas, Pavilion of India, International Zone . Performances mainly included hip hop, folk, punjabi and free style. The energy of these kids were amusing which made the entire crowd applaud. The venue was lit up with traditional lamps and decorated with many roses to create a scene of an international performance. It was a beautiful event hosted by a myriad groups to celebrate the International Dance Day


Comments: 0 Date: 01 May 2016

Twelfth Night at Adishakti

A Five times National RJ award winner RJ Mantra was interviewed by Intern-Journalist of Auroville Radio Mr. Stephen Anurag. RJ Mantra is one among the performers with the character Sir Andrew Aguecheek for Piya Behrupiya a Hindi version of the William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" which was performed by The Company Theatre at Adishakti.

Before the performance RJ Mantra who was part of Auroville Radio shared his excitement and experiences working at Auroville Radio. He said "You are where I was, and You will be where I am now". He meant that to the interns/volunteers of Auroville Radio that they shall grow for sure from the position they are at present as Auroville Radio gives an amazing exposure to its part takers and for those who have voluntarily decided to help the Auroville Radio.

The play was directed by Atul Kumar and it was an amazing time for all visitors at Adishakti to have an experience to one of the greatest pieces of Shakespeare recited in Hindi. The crowd was comprising of guests of Auroville, visitors from abroad and other states of India, government officials, university professors, students and many music and drama lovers.

This event was hosted in commemorating 400 years death anniversary of the William Shakespeare, a greatest English writer, poet, dramatist and an actor and also as a part of month long "'remembering Veenapani Chawla'.

"If music be the food of love, play on" - William Shakespeare

Japanese Play Kanehira


An evening of celebration of students' achievements from Pondicherry University.
24th March, Bharat Nivas

A performance of Acro (acrobatic) Yoga by international touring artists - Gisela Mancha Loro and Eduard Torres Torruella

KANEHIRA, a Japanese (Noh) play performed in Tamil
Directed by: Velu Saravanan
Performed by: the students from the Department of Performing Arts, Pondicherry University. This performance is a final part of the annual celebration of learning Classical Bhakti Poetry.

Kanehira is a challenging play about Heian period warlord Kiso Yoshinaka and his retainer Imai Kanehira. Noh plays based on stories of warriors defeated in battle are known as "Makeshuramono." This category is unique to Noh, which characteristically mourns the dead.

Songs of Kabir

Afternoon was turning slowly into a night when Bindumalini and Vedanth Bharadwaj started with their concert of Songs of Kabir at Adishakti within one month long festival "Remembering Veeenapni Chawla". Through mystical poems of Kabir some life truths are revealed with  simple examples. And sung with such a sweet voices as are Bindu's and Vednath's ...one is more likely to accept it. But Bindu and Vednath are also not afraid to go over the borders of Kabir, either be by musical form or by completely different style.


Comments: 0 Date: 30 Apr 2016

Blissful performance-Prajakta Raj

Monday evening at CRIPA, Kalabhoomi, Auroville was very bright and blossomed with a dance performance by PrajaktaRaj (Atre), a famous Kathak dancer and choreographer.
Prajakta Raj is an accomplished Kathak danseuse and a well-known name in this field today. She was trained for 14 years by Guru Roshan Datye, received advanced training from late Guru Dr. Rohini Bhate from 1996 to 2008 at the renowned Nrityabharati Kathak Dance Academy in Pune.

In this performance, she mainly portrayed the life of Lord Krishna and also a short story of Lord Shiva, who losses his loved wife.

Besides completing the Senior Diploma course at Nrityabharati, she has also obtained a Master’s Degree in Kathak from the Centre for Performing Arts (Lalit Kala Kendra), Pune University.

Prajakta has also successfully proved her mettle as an able dance teacher since 1992. Presently she is working as a Guru and Examiner at the Lalit Kala Kendra of Pune University. As a small contribution to the institution that made her a dancer, she has been working as an Honorary Teacher and Secretary at Nrityabharati Kathak Dance Academy since 2006. She is also the Founder-Director of Aarohini Kathak Dance Academy and the Director of Aarohini Art Welfare Organisation, a NGO, dedicated to the promotion of Kathak and other art forms.

She is a multi-faced culturalist as she also extends her teachings of French language at Pune University.

The Frog Symphonies

Already miss the Monsoon? Our long Indian nights are most beautiful during the raining periods, when frogs and toads are celebrating their love songs. They have a big variety of voices. Sometimes there are thousands singing together in a big lake, sometimes they are only a few, but each with a different melody. Surprisingly, the most interesting frog songs are performed in the smallest habitats. This is a sociological survey of the frog orchestras around Auroville which performed during the last monsoon, with some cultural commentaries about frogs. Welcome to the amphibian concerts!


Comments: 0 Date: 26 Mar 2016
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