Pioneers - Pathfinders and way-seers

Shyama`s Interview Part 2
by Anahita   
Thursday, 26 December 2013

Shyama in the 60'. (Photographer: Unknown.)On December 5th, Francois and Rakhal projected the 2nd part of Shyama's (Certitude) interview. This is an extremely moving movie as Shyama recounts the very beginnings of Auroville, her unique relationship with the Mother, the death of the first Auroson and the birth of the second one, as well as her insights into Auroville today. Shyama had seven children and her life, courage and strength are an inspiration to all. The 5th of December is Sri Aurobindo's Mahasamadhi and it is a fitting day as Shyama, the name given by the Mother, is one of Krishna's names. Read more

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Shraddhavan filmed interview
by Olivia & Patrick   
Thursday, 26 December 2013

Shraddhavan in the 70'. (Photographer: Unknown)Shraddhavan is the Sanskrit name given by the Mother, in June 1972,  to an English woman who joined Auroville in 1970 and has lived here ever since. After studying English Language and Literature at Bristol University in the U.K. she travelled extensively in Europe, Asia and Australia before coming to Auroville. Here, she works as an educator, translator, editor and writer. Several of her poems, stories, essays and book reviews have been published in the Ashram journal Mother India as well as in Heritage magazine. Read more

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How Close Are We?
by Olivia   
Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Rakhal (Photographer: Dominiqe)The Pavilion of French Culture shows, at regular intervals, video interviews with Aurovilians who knew the Mother. Screenings take place at Cinema Paradiso, Town Hall. As Rakhal explains, until today 25 interviews have been recorded, with more to be done. Rakhal and Francois Gautier are working on them, and, as Rakhal says, in general it is very touchy to record these testimonial reflections on the past and future development of Auroville. At the same time, the interviews are vivid documents of the growth that has happened.

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Breaking new grounds
by Sudhakar and Anitha   
Wednesday, 01 December 2010

Iyanar (Photographer: Sudhakar)Iyyanar is the caretaker of the Brihaspati farm, which is beyond the village of Edayanchiavadi to the west of Auroville. He moved to Brihaspati in 2002 soon after the departure of former residents who lacked farming experience. In an interview with the AurovilleRadio, he recounts the hardships he encountered before his arrival at the farm. Iyyanar uses farming techniques that he had learned earlier resourcefully and has increased the production. For the first time, Brihaspati farm has started selling vegetables and milk to the Auroville community. He expresses his willingness to work harder and to give more to the community but wants more support and help to run the farm. Naveen and Sudhakar interviewed Iyyanar.

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Forecomers Community 1968
by Marlenka   
Thursday, 18 November 2010
Deborah (Photographer: Marlenka)The earliest settlers on the land of Auroville: Debora and Bob. Listen to Debora reminisce about those days, back in 1968....Forecomers is the name Mother gave to that area and Debora and Bob were those pioneers to come first. Under primitive conditions they built a basic strructure on an arid plain overlooking a canyon, chosen for its beauty. Water was delivered daily by truck which meant boiling it for drinking as well as learning to bathe with perhaps two cups of the precious commodity, until a bore well was prepared. Debora, visiting Auroville today, finds the present living conditions indeed luxurious compared to 40 years ago. She also describes meeting the Mother.

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Beach Erosion
by Sajju and Pratiksha   
Thursday, 11 November 2010

Group Meeting in Quiet (Photographer: Sajju Shrestha)What if the permanent changes which we all think is permanent, in just words? What if we can undo the changes and restore the initial structure. Here comes an interesting conversation with the pioneer, Guy Ryckert, from the Quiet Healing Center and Rajen Parekh, representing PondyCAN. They explain the root causes of the problem on Puducherry - Tamil Nadu coast line and present the soft solutions that can be implemented, only if everyone's full attention and approval lies within the both sides of the coin. Read more

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Curriculum d`un Aurovillium
by Chloe & Wazo   
Friday, 16 July 2010

CV d'un faux vrai pionnier (Photographer: Chloe)J'ignore si les séniors d'aujourd'hui sont toujours les juniors de demain. Mais faisons semblant de rien. A travers le banal curriculum vitæ – qui pourrait tout aussi bien être un curriculum mortæ – nous découvrons la petite histoire d'un pionnier de notre cité. Notre chronique se conjuguera donc, non pas au passé simple imparfait du subjonctif, mais au participe futur du passé conditionnel, même si pour tous profs de français ceci est un délit qui mérite la correctionnel.

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Goupi`s Fabulous Travel
by Jonathan And Miriam   
Saturday, 08 May 2010

Aurodam in 1978 (Photographer: Archive)Jean-Pierre was only 24 years old when he first stepped in Sri Aurobindo's Ashram in 1966 after having sailed from Marseille, France 11 months before. He then met Mother and the day of his 26th birthday she gave to him this name of Guru Prasad “Goupi” that he still carries nowadays. Last time that he had been out of station was May 1968's chaotic students events in France, and mainly because he crossed all the steps towards Auroville's present situation, our team decided to interview him at the eve of his “fabulous travel” back to France.

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