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Category Archives: City Life

Savi Meeting on Volunteer program

Earlier in January the SAVI team that helps to coordinate volunteers and students in Auroville, took the initiative to invite the many project coordinators and interested parties to help share and improve issues concerning the volunteer programs in Auroville. The first part of the meeting was a presentation by Savi of the facts, the recording here is the second part following when the 4 teams broke up to work and are reporting on their findings. Here is a synopsis of the results For more information please contact SAVI by email

Discussion on ‘Volunteer’s tax’

The co-ordinator of SAVI, concerned Aurovilians, and volunteers discuss the implications of the financial contribution required of volunteers coming to Auroville, the role volunteers play in the life and functioning of Auroville, as well as broader issues concerning the interconnectedness of Auroville's working groups and methods of decision-making.
A key issue raised was the contrast between financial contribution and contribution in the form of work, and whether or not the one contradicts the other.

Comments: 0 Date: 21 Jan 2015

Lalit Verma Citadine exhibition

Lalit Verma usually the one hosting exhibitions not exhibiting.
The current exhibition at the Citadine Art Gallery are stunning photographs of the diplomatic enclaves in New Delhi. Lalit shares his early memories that lead him to create the Aurodhan galleries, the cultural scene in Pondicherry and he explains the background and work into the current project exhibited at the Citadines that will be running from 27 December to Jan 16th.

Comments: 0 Date: 30 Dec 2014

Matrimandir Book Release

On Saturday, the 20th of December, a varied set of people gathered at Citadines to celebrate the launch of the book on Matrimandir, featuring photographs by Dominique Darr who has seen the Matrimandir evolve right from its days of foundation to the final glory of completion.
The interviews feature Parthiv Shah, a photographer from Delhi involved with the design process of the book; Max, a new member of the AVI visiting the gallery; Ravindra, who's been welcoming people at the Matrimandir since a while; Francine, a photographer and close friend of Dominique; Fredrick, who has been in Auroville since before its foundation and was a close associate of Roger Anger and Devasmita Patnayak, a part of AVI France, who laid the building stones of Matrimandir as a child, and a friend of the author of the book.
These are just a few amongst the countless people who's lives have been touched by the soul of the city, the Matrimandir and share their personal set of experiences and interactions with some of the prominent people such as the architect Roger Anger as well. Set amidst the beautiful ambience of the gallery; respecting the austerity and delicate nature of the book, many people were seen sporting white gloves as they turned the pages of the book that unraveled the mystical creation called Matrimandir.
It was an occasion of triumph, of merriment, as the people of Auroville paid a tribute to Mother's beautiful symbol, her aspiration, her last gift to Auroville.

Comments: 0 Date: 23 Dec 2014

Aromar Revi Interaction

On 18th of Juanary Aromar Revi had an interaction with the Auroville community regarding the Auroville Retreat happening on 12th and 13th of March 2015.
Below an extract of text posed on Auronet by the Residents Assembly Service (RAS).

Dear Residents of Auroville,
We are happy to update you on the preparations for the retreat planned in March 2015.

The Governing Board (GB) and the International Advisory Council (IAC) of the Auroville Foundation had proposed during their last meeting in August 2014 that a two-day retreat be organized in Auroville which would be an occasion for the Governing Board and the IAC to engage with Auroville residents on issues relating to the future development of Auroville.
When: 12th and 13th of March 2015
Where: Unity Pavilion (tentative location)
Main facilitator: Aromar Revi (Director, Indian Institute for Human Settlements, who has been closely associated with Auroville for many years), Assisting facilitators will be chosen from the Auroville community.
Participation: About 150 200 participants comprising members of the GB, the IAC and residents of Auroville including members of working and study groups.
Organisation: The conceptualisation and organisation of the Retreat thus far is an effort with the participation of the International Advisory Council (IAC: Vishakha N. Desai, Kabir Shaikh, Julian Lines), the Vision Task Force (VTF: Alain Bernard, Ameeta Mehra, Aster Patel, Hemant L.,  Sanjeev, Srinivasamurty and Toine), the Auroville Campus Initiative team (ACI: Lalit, Michael H, Min), the Residents Assembly Service (RAS: Inge) and a representative of the Working Committee.
Main objective: To reconnect and engage with the Auroville vision and its manifestation.
This will be done by:  Reflecting on Mothers vision for Auroville; Introspection and reflection on the spiritual growth of individuals and the collective;  Examining the present realities of Auroville;  Setting action plans for where Auroville wants to be on its 50th anniversary in 2018 and in 10 years.
The focus during the Retreat would be on the following aspects of Aurovilles development:
- Organisation (governance)
- Land and Town Planning & Development
- Population growth
- Education
- Economy.

See the full text here

Comments: 0 Date: 30 Jan 2015

Lionel explique les graphs 2014

Social Anthropologist Lionel Scheepmans worked on creating data for survey based on Aurovlle's population which can be used according to the needs. Here he explains some of the graphs. More information on the work is available at the Wiki link provided.
Lionel Scheepmans Anthropologue sociale, a travaillé sur la création d'une enquête de sondage base sur la population Auroville, qui peut être utilisé selon les besoins.
Ici, il explique certains des graphiques.
Plus d'informations sur le travail est disponible sur
Auroville Piano Concert- by Hartmut 

Comments: 0 Date: 08 Jan 2015

Tree House Brasil

Filip and Narayan from Tree House Community, Youth Center presented last night at Unity Pavilion, International Zone their six month long trip to Brasil. Starting with serious workshop to traveling on different parts of Brasil building tree houses. Tree House Community shares their knowledge, passion and trying to connect with all who sees the alternatives, sustainability and eco friendliness in the life style of tree houses.

GM on Chennai Festival & Entry

The Auroville Council shared:
" We, the Auroville Council, are holding an interactive General meeting to update you on our work and to listen to the communitys concerns and feedback. Together with our sharing, we have also invited the Chennai festival organizers to share a short presentation of their work with the community. One of the main tasks of the Auroville Council today is find new members to join the Entry Service team. As you are aware, the Entry Service members are quite overloaded with their work and some of them have carried this responsibility for several years. There is an urgent need to find new committed members for the Entry Service. We, together with the Study Group and Entry Service, are organizing a workshop on this topic on the 31st of January 2015. We would like to share more information regarding this workshop in this GM. ".

Comments: 0 Date: 22 Jan 2015

Ultimate Frisbee Camp

Bridging the Gaps, the Ultimate Frisbee Camp; held for a week from the 24th to the 30th of December, 2014 at the Dehashakti Sports Ground was truly an unprecedented initiative supported by the NGO Pudiyador, and the week that followed saw a marvellous array of learning, fun, enthusiasm and endless vigour flooding Auroville, in the form of children flooding in from all over the country.
The Youth camp brought together adolescents from the age group of 13 to 18 associated with NGOs in different states of the country and young adults aged 19 to 23 who acted as their coaches and were student volunteers for the camp. The Camp aimed at using Ultimate Frisbee, a non-competitive yet highly athletic sport, as a means for teaching children various physical, emotional as well as mental skills. Besides the game of Ultimate Frisbee, the kids were guided on team spirit, cheers, sportsmanship, multicultural adaptivity and other such valuable life skills through various activities and workshops.
They were trained in art, dance and drama as well; as they engaged in their team logo creation, dance practices and talent night performances with their coaches. It was a holistic camp aimed at bringing out the best in these kids, through innovative techniques of schooling and learning.
The interview is a talk with one of the main organizers of the Camp, his journey, the motive and thought process behind the camp, his experiences and how they are striving to make a change. He thanks all Aurovillians for their unending support and hospitability and the wonderful atmosphere in the town which echoed soundly with the philosophies of Bridging the Gaps.

Comments: 0 Date: 04 Jan 2015

Christmas Celebration at Pavilion

On Christmas eve, 2014; a bunch of rosy eyed children and their still a child at heart parents stepped in at the Unity Pavilion to celebrate the festival of Christmas with friends and strangers and foes and flora, and embraced the mellow evening in all its festive spirit.
Aurovilians, Volunteers and enthusiastic guests sat around the round tables, with the median age ranging from 3 years to 60; as they cut shiny maroon and cobalt and aubergine and golden sheets of paper in the form of snowflakes. These snowflakes were then perched gently onto the transparent wall of glass, so that all the passersby could see them from outside as though they were actual flakes of snow, poised in mid air; pausing their act of snowing and reveling in the charm of the christmas season. The wall was looked as enchantingly colourful as the other segments of the Unity Pavilion, symbolizing the harmony and merger of all the different colours of the rainbow spectrum, as they amalgamate and merge into a soulful, pure, calm and divine white. Such was the spirit among the people there as they shared hot ginger punch, popcorn, chocolate cookies, bell pepper toast, and endless cups of love. Kids and adults alike, hopping around the christmas tree; decorating it with paper ornaments, and whispering secret wishes in Santa's ears.
The atmosphere was soothed by the soulful voices of the choir comprising of a few volunteers and the amazing people taking care of the Unity Pavilion, who made this beautiful get together possible. With christmas carols being sung in French, English, German; and a special spin-off on a carol for the Matrimandir in French by a lovely family; the entire crowd was in a Christmas trance.
Trumpets, harmonium, piano and the guitar; and the melodious voices of the ladies; everyone there couldn't help singing along. This program records the experiences of Duka, Shakti, Abha; oh yes, Santa; and kids Aditi and Aruna; who were among the many breathing the air full of christmas amore.
And special carols to be heard as well! So stay tuned!

Comments: 0 Date: 27 Dec 2014
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