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The Lives of Others
Kalki a transgender rights activist with the Sahodari Foundation, was in Auroville to present a talk about the transgender community in India. Kalki spoke about the various difficulties that they face with the government, the law and the society. Kalki who has lived in Auroville for two years questioned their acceptance by the Auroville community. Kalki presented a documentary Sowndarya about lives and acceptance of transgenders in India. Lot of concerns and questions were asked by Aurovillians which Kalki answered in depth. Read more

Sunday, 29 April 2012
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Music, plays, poems
Children of Deepanam School prepared, as usual for the end of the year small cultural program to share with their parents, friends and community. Opening piece was by Keshava on tabla, accompanied by Nadaka on guitar, followed by bharatnatyam classical Indian dance of older and a bit younger children of the school. Songs were sung, this year, except the last one, all in Tamil. And that was also the language of two plays, one of an old fable, the other original piece by students, leaving us roaring with laughter; and third one in French. Read more

Wednesday, 28 March 2012
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Children`s Theatre Workshop

Last Saturday in SAWCHU in Bharat Nivas, the international children's theatre workshop on Tagore literature took place. Mainly given in Tamil, its purpose was to let the children from the villages around Auroville share knowledge, work together and feel as one. And not just the children, but the teachers and some experts in theatre and education as well. The day, facilitated by Dr. Velu Saravanan, consisted of reciting poems and songs, theatre classes and as finale, a small play performed by the children. Read more

Monday, 26 March 2012
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Renewal of Consciousness
Frederick, a Working Committee member, spoke to us on some current issues. His overall view is that this will be a year of many changes, and as such a year of intensive work, outwardly as well as inwardly. The aims of the Working Committee are to create a process in which it will become a facilitating agent, and to be more proactive than reactive as it is now. Appointment of the community's friendly secretary Bala Baskhar is seen as a positive change. And we all should focus on renewing of our consciousness and do what we are here for.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012
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M.Sundaram Amudha
Speaking with M.Sundaram Amudha the Indian women circle founder in Auroville. She works for women development and improvement since 10 years ago in the Auroville bio-region She tries to help women improve their situation and position in the society by educating them and informing them of their power and abilities in their personal life and society. She talks about her experience how she started her activities. Also the way Indian women responded to her initiative, her difficulties, the issues she works on, and her achievement in all these years

Friday, 04 November 2011
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Dispelling Myths
A peaceful gathering with a silent mediation was held at Visitors' Center on Saturday; it continued with some facts about the Indian culture, about safety in the world and in the Auroville bio-region. Auroville Health Service shared about the history of Womens' Safety Task Force, and why it needed to be established in the first place. The movement 'Taking Back the Night' started over thirty years ago to help, mostly women, overcome the escalating violence in the urban area. At present, when almost everything we thought we knew is changing with the speed of light, the pressure on humanity is tremendous. With ignorance fear comes along, and to that we all react in different ways. Expansion of the media, and its availability, with its constant flow of what humans think, serves to increase the fear as well, and out of that many respond with violence. Read more

Monday, 04 April 2011
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Break the Silence
Take Back the Night is an event organized by Auroville Health Service and Women Safety Task Force for Saturday at 5.15 pm at Visitor Center. Aim of this event is to empower women, and others, who might live now in fear, to talk about it. Questions - Why is this happening? Why we don't talk about it" What can we do about it?...remain unanswered. With the event they would like to break the silence, they would like to start a constructive dialog about the safety issues. Due to increased number of various attacks and harassment in the area many in Auroville and in the villages live in fear. Silent gathering will be followed by some cultural program on topic and by open discussion. Read more

Thursday, 31 March 2011
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Balu`s Lively Life

This edition of the Aurovilian Portrait series meets Balu, a 12-year Aurovilian, originally from the surrounding area. Balu is co-founder and director of Mohanam Cultural Center, Lively Boutique and the Bamboo Research Centre. Listen in for details about all of the projects under Balu's co-creation, and click on "Read More” for links to the websites. Read more

Monday, 13 December 2010
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Village Action Seminar
Kathy and Bhavana, represent two generations of Aurovilians involved in direct action with the villagers who have lived in this region since before Auroville was incorporated in 1968.Both women talk about their journeys to Auroville, how village action came to be, and how the mission of the group has been co-created by Aurovilians and villagers. They also speak to the complexities of educating village children with Auroville's liberal and experiential educational philosophies, and considering the more traditional expectations that village people have for their children.

Monday, 25 October 2010
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A Small Offerings
Amongst many celebrations and offerings the one at Deepanam school might have been small in numbers and the size of the school, but big in heart as participated by almost everyone from the school. Children from the youngest to the oldest, as well s the teachers...all took part on Saturday's “Small Offerings” as they named it, for Sri Aurobindo's birthday and India's Independence Day. We heard some excerpts of Sri Aurobindo's life, his personality, a prayer and mantras sung by children and teachers. Bharat Natyam dancing took place performed by some of the children. Read more

Monday, 16 August 2010
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Auroville Action in Villages

“Village Action Group” is taking care of more than 50 villages around Auroville. This organization, which combines Aurovilians and salaried employees, tries to help villagers (especially women and youth) to organize themselves into self-help groups, for personal and economical development (micro-credit) and village development (micro-project). Other activities also supported by Village Action are education, sports, culture, health, ecology… Anbu has worked for 20 years in AVAG; he now directs its activities under a trust of “Village Action Group”.

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Wednesday, 20 May 2009
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Village Women Power

Raji, from Alankuppam, is a member of the Sri Aurobindo Women's Group. This five year old group is part of Village Action. Their work includes public social work such as helping people clean their village and helping children who attend night school in their village. They receive advice or help as needed from the Village Action Group as well as attending the meeting in village action monthly. They come from several different villages: Kottakkari, Pudhupakkam and Allankuppam, all members of the Village Action Group. Initially they began with one group and increased in number, expanding creatively what they do with the recycled paper.

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Saturday, 01 November 2008
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Tibetan Pavilion

In January 2009 H.H. The Dalai Lama will visit Auroville and will inaugurate the Tibetan Pavilion. Claude Arpi, who is one of the promoters of the Pavilion, tell us about what is still needed to finish the Pavilion in time. In this interview in English and French Claude ask for financial help from donors to fund raise the sum needed. He also speaks about the logistic of this very important visit.

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Tuesday, 16 September 2008
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40 years

This week's Tamil program features Thiruvengadam, originally from Pondicherry,  He tells the story of his life in and around Auroville. Thiruvangadam's work experience includes time at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram located in Pondicherry and in Auroville as a carpenter. He knows Auroville for forty years; he married a girl from Edayanchavady (a nearby local village) and has both bought and sold Auroville land. Thiru is a man who has grown up with all different kinds of environments.

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Thursday, 12 June 2008
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Sangamam celebrated

In this week's Tamil program there are interviews from Sangamam, a yearly festival held in Auroville  in which people of the surrounding villages interact with Aurovilians in a playful manner.  Manikandan speaks, one of the organizers of Sangamam.  Also there's Raja and Magesh, who performed in past  years in this festival along with a  Tamil melody of Bhuvanasundhari, who is an Aurovilian.

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Monday, 18 February 2008
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The President of India in Auroville

The visit of the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, to Auroville today has proceeded well. On behalf of the Government of Tamil Nadu, Mrs. Patil was welcomed by Dr. (Tmt) Poongothai, Minister for Social Welfare. On behalf of the Auroville community she was welcomed by Aster Patel, Mr. Ramaswamy, Krishna Tewari, Shraddhavan, Gilles Guigan, and Hilde and Carel on behalf of the Working Committee. Ms. Patil was accompanied by Mr. Mukut Mithi, Lt. Governor of Pondicherry, and Thiru. N. Rangasamy, Chief Minister of Pondicherry. The President visited the ‘Progress’ meditation chamber in the petal and then went up to the Chamber, where she meditated for some time. She expressed a vivid interest in the Matrimandir and it was explained to her that the physical building is as a landscape of the inner journey. On leaving the President issued the following message: “Auroville is the atom which has the inherent power of filling the world with humanity, peace, progress, tolerance and harmony. It gives a chance to explore by the coming together of the right thinking people of different cultures all around the word.”

Saturday, 22 December 2007