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Aradhana of Saint Thyagaraja

Sunday morning at 9.30 am, a traditional ceremonial procession started  from the Unity Pavilion. When it reached Sawchu, Bharat Nivas, the fourth annual celebration of Aradhana of Saint Thyagaraja was held there, under the auspices of Tamil Heritage Center and Telugu Samaskritika Kendramu. A musical offering of 15 songs of the Saint, including three of the Pancharatna Krisitis, was gifted by the mostly young artist students, under the guidance of Smt Shoba Raghavan and Sri Sukumar. Sri Gordon played the flute, Sri Durai Rajan the violin, and Sri Janardhan the drums. Read more

Monday, 27 January 2014
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Concert of Pelva Naik

Auroville Radio was present to immortalize the magic sounds, the beautiful moments of a musical meditation, last Saturday at Bharat Nivas. Enjoy the depth of sounds and let yourself merge into the vibes of Pelva and musicians' divine sphere of beauty and relaxation. The great singer Pelva Naik is a young and forthcoming artist of her generation. She has been trained by the late Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar Saheb, of the eminent Dagar Gharana of Dhrupad music. Read more

Friday, 24 January 2014
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Ramayana

In a play based on the epic Ramayana, Ravana kidnaps Sita, the wife of Rama, and so Hanuman comes to help find Sita in Lanka, surrounded by the Ocean. The drama was shown in a different, shorter version for the audience to see  the battle between Rama and Ravana. In the battle Indrajit’s, son of Ravanan, kills Lakshmana, brother of Rama, and other soldiers. During the war Hanuman goes to carry the mountain of Sanjivi, full of medicinal plants which will bring death back to life. Read more

Monday, 20 January 2014
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Spandan by Sunnyahmm

Last night, we had the opportunity to listen to the musical performance of Ritu Jain, in Pitanga. She sings and plays as a single person group, Sunnyahmm, attempting to bring music that inspires inner journeys and transitions and helps deepening inner connections in people. ‘Spandan’ is a series of compositions intuitively aligned to take you deep within yourself and helping you touch your innate silence. These compositions deeply resonate with Ritu and at various moments themselves act as a 'Guru', opening up new spaces within. Read more

Saturday, 11 January 2014
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Sadhana Forest Kabir Music 3

Following two powerful musicians, a third group took to the stage. Playing guitar and singing soft songs, they created a very different energy. The Kabir says "O my heart became a dancer and danced, and when you dance, when you hear the drums of the wisdom of Dhayan and the sounds of bliss beating days and nights, it is so blissful that it spreads even to the land of death". Bindu Narayanaswamy was singing, with Vedanth Bharadwaj playing the guitar on her right side and Shrive on her left side expressing the songs as paintings. Read more

Saturday, 11 January 2014
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Sadhana Forest Kabir Music 2

During the second part of the Sadhana Forest Kabir music festival that took place last Saturday night., we had the great pleasure to listen to Moorala Marwada. A Sufi folk singer from the Janana village of the Kutch District, in Gujarat, India, he sings the poetry of Kabir, Mirabai, Ravidas and others. Bhittai.Mooralala, who sings at every gathering, be it a satsang, a wedding, or a fair, at his village, doesn't believe in taking money for singing; "When I sing at weddings they give me money but when I sing in the name of Kabir Read more

Thursday, 09 January 2014
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Sadhana Forest Kabir Music 1

Last Saturday was quite a memorable day for the Sadhana Forest community and all its guests. Having welcomed everyone to celebrate their ten years of existence, they served up numerous activities during the day and late into the night. The place was crowded, especially waiting for the Kabir Music performance. AurovilleRadio was there, of course, recording this great event for you. The concert started with Prahladji Singh Tipaniya, had people celebrate, in a great spirit of freedom and unity, and only ended at 3am on the Sunday morning, Read more

Wednesday, 08 January 2014
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Mr Sanjeev Sanyal

Saturday afternoon saw the MMC packed full. Mr. Bala Baskhar and many others were present to hear Mr. Sanjeev Sanyal talk about his most recent book "The land of the seven rivers". Mr. Sanyal is a leading Indian economist, environmentalist and urban theorist. He has worked in the field of financial markets since the mid-nineties and is widely regarded as one of Asia's leading economists. In addition he is a well-known environmentalist and an expert on the economics of cities, founder of the Sustainable Planet Institute, Read more

Monday, 06 January 2014
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Dancing in Udavi School

The students from Udavi School beautifully express their talent by a collective program. They recently performed Odissi dance, and Tamil and English drama, as well as Hindi songs. Their confidence was very visible on stage, how they wish to improve and share with the world. By enacting dramas the children explain how to treat and respect parents and elders. Parents, guests and Auroville friends were invited and people from the nearby village of Edayanchavadi came too. Harmonium by Nandida Di, Odissi teacher Kanchana, tabla by Debhashis Das. In a interview, Sunil expresses his learning in Udavi school.Read more

Friday, 27 December 2013
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Twiglight Beats: Devotional Songs

Finally, last Saturday night the "Twilight Beats Concert" originally scheduled for November 16th but postponed due to weather conditions was held at Cripa (Kalabhumi). Four artists performed Raga Pushpanjali and Tamil devotional songs on Mother and Sri Aurobindo. The audience was been captivated by the warm voice of Sam Terris (Miresh) and the spiritual and joyful, deep and yet accessible music. Sam also offered two seasonal Christmas songs. At the end of the concert the public rewarded the musicians with a very long applause to show their appreciation. Read more

Monday, 23 December 2013
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Veena Naadha Pravaham

Last Saturday night, Smt. Jayalakshmi Sugumar gave us a unique performance in the Sri Aurobindo auditorium (Bharat Nivas). She is the grand daughter of veena legend, late Sri. Karaikudi Sambasiva Iyer, founder of the magnificent Karaikudi Bani, and daughter of veena vidushi, late Smt. Sankari Ammal. Having taught in Kalakshetra since 1966, in 1976 Jayalakshmi Sugumar shifted to Pondicherry, where she continued her services until 1981. Following that she worked for the Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society. Read more

Monday, 09 December 2013
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Barhat Nivas presents Viraj Amar

On Saturday night, Bharat Nivas presented a promising artist, Viraj Amar, as part of Auroville Diwali festivities. Amars systematic training, from a very tender age, has left her very well prepared for the disciplined world of classical music, and her talents have clearly bloomed under the guidance of her Gurus: Smt. Manju Mehta for Sitar and Pandit Vilas Rao Khandekar & Smt. Rupande Shah for classical Vocal Music. At present, she is the foremost pupil of her the illustrious Pt. Rajan - Sajan Mishra, the acknowledged maestros of the Benaras Gharana (www.virajamar.com/) Read more

Monday, 04 November 2013
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Lights, firecrackers & fun

Pop!! Bang!! Whooo!! Boom!!! That's fireworks at work... Bang! Whoosh!! Crackle! Wizz!! Swirl! Whistle! Flash... Burst... Sputter! Hiss!! Whizz!!! Listen to kids running as parents watch them enjoy the event in a relaxed mood. It was a beautiful night with Aurovilians and guest gathering together waiting to enjoy the concert at Bharat Nivas Auditorium. Diwali is one of the most important festivals of the year and it is usually celebrated by families performing traditional activities together in their homes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diwali Read more

Sunday, 03 November 2013
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Singing From The Heart
Yesterday late afternoon in Svedame, the Buterfly barn had the privilege to host Upahar Anand, for a single session. Upahar, originally from the UK, lives in Tiruvannamalai, site of Ramana Maharshi ashram, sacred mount Arunachala and a town of spiritual pilgrimage. He is an accomplished and experienced multi-instrumentalist, adept on harmonium, guitar, drum, vocals and flute. He has an extensive repertoire of chants and songs. Please enjoy his powerful Kirtan. Read more

Tuesday, 29 October 2013
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Matrivandana

In the wake of the Centenary of The Mother's first arrival in Pondicherry, The Ashram Music Group presented Matrivandana, a musical adoration of the Mother Goddess. On October 19, 2013, the group performed songs in Indian languages including Bengali and Oriya. It was a graceful evening filled with sublime devotional music. The divinity in the air was clearly perceivable as the Ashram Group singers let flow their love and adoration for The Mother Divine through their soulful rendition of the songs. Read more

Thursday, 24 October 2013
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The Vedanta and the Uspanishads

What is it that I am really seeking through my various pursuits in life? Neema Majmudar explained to us the path of personal growth through the Vedenta, sharing her deep knowledge of those ancient texts. With patience and dedication she shone a modern ligt on the vision of the traditional teaching of Advaita Vedanta. Neema was born in Bombay and has been studying Vedanta for the last 25 years. She has also completed a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University and an MBA, in addition to following a three and half year residential course with Swami Dayananda at Coimbatore. Read more

Thursday, 26 September 2013
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Conference sur le Vedanta
Surya Tahora nous a presente une conference captivante sur le Vedenta et les chemins de la liberte, ou comment apprehender la vision du UN absolu et universel. Surya est né à Madagascar..Il rencontre en 1995 Swami Dayananda Saraswati, un enseignant contemporain de la Non Dualité (Advaita Vedanta) dans la tradition du philosophe Indien Shankaracarya. Surya étudie depuis cette date avec Swami Dayananda les principaux textes de la tradition philosophique Indienne dans leur langue d’origine, le Sanskrit Read more

Thursday, 26 September 2013
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Amazing Sound Ride
Iman Das displayed his vocal repertoire of genres such as Hindustani classical music, Ghazals and bhajans and he simply enchanted the audience by playing the harmonium and the other string instrument (rudra veena?) with effortless ease. He is a brilliant young talent who also knows how to keep the audience entertained. The undeniably excellent tabla man strikes an awesome rhythmic synchronicity with Iman. On the whole Iman accompanied by the table player and lady on fine harmonium takes you on a magic carpet ride to the source of sound and ... Read more

Monday, 29 July 2013
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Satsang by Shabnam Virmani
Kabir lovers were excited to hear that Shabnam Virmani was in Pondicherry past weekend and wanted to meet all her Auroville friends in Kabir. She was here with her friend Vipul and also Bela, who are part of the Bangalore Kabir mandali/toli. For that reason they've organized impromptu satsang on Sunday at the New Creation Music Room. Shabnam was singing and explaining the deeper spiritual meaning of the songs, in her inimitable style. The event was kindly hosted in Devasmita & Satyakam's beautiful house. Read more

Tuesday, 16 April 2013
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KAMBA Literary Festival
All was invited to participate in the Literary Festival of Kamba Ramayana on 31st March 2013 Sunday at Bharat Nivas, Auroville. A whole day full of lectures, discussions, music, dance and theater lead by great scholars and reputed personalities to address our students, staff and public from Auroville region. This event was organized by the Tamil Heritage Centre to celebrate the Kamba Literary Festival. Kamba lived almost 1000 years ago during the Chola dynasty from the centre part of Tamil Nadu and wrote Ramayana in Tamil. Read more

Tuesday, 02 April 2013
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Festival of colors at Upasana
Like every year, Upasana Design Studio celebrated Holi, the Colors Festival, on Wednesday 27th of March. In the North of India, it's New Year, but everywhere else it's also the beginning of summer. As soon as the guests arrived in Upasana, organizers and other participants threw on them colored powder. They even stopped motor bike on the road to make them join this joyful moment, full of harmless colors and laughter. People shared snack together, listened to music and danced in the garden. At the end of the afternoon, they even threw water ! Read more

Friday, 29 March 2013
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Indian Classical Vocal Concert
At Pitanga (Auroville) on Monday 25th of March 2013 students of Nandita Di Di performed their annual Indian Classical Vocal Concert. The warm ambiance, the beautiful flower arrangements and the quality of the chosen songs has made the hour of the performance worth to remember. Most of the composition comes from the classical Indian tradition but some were composed by Nandita Di Di. Singers were accompanied by Debhashis Das on tabla and the harmonium was played by the teacher herself. The audience appreciated very much the event. Read more

Wednesday, 27 March 2013
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Our Theatre with Prelude
With Jill - member of Auroville Theatre Group, Chankaya - a writer and director of Prelud and Vivek - an actor we were trying to find out what has triggered for Prelude to come on the stage. On solo performance, where we can see how society does define one's life, the team was working more than a year, and it was a true collaboration in creative process. The main conflict of the character lies in the relationship between the mother and son, where she represents home, religious and moral backgrounds and he tries to brake those in secrecy. Read more

Saturday, 09 March 2013
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Prelude
On the minimalistic setting of the stage, which comes to life with light effects and sound, a man relives certain moments of his life. Vivek Vijayakumaran in this solo performance brings to the audience amazingly vivid all those moments which seems to be the ones defining the man's life. His questions are also very intimately connected with social parameters, hypocrisy and religious beliefs. Great theater solo performance touching essentials of Indian diverse society in cultural and religious backgrounds. Read more

Saturday, 09 March 2013
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Goddess Sarasvati final lecture
In this the last lecture of the series of 4 Nishtha brought back the rhythm and tone that was used originally in Sarasvati. So instead of having the dry mechanical tone and rhythm we now have the chants by the Rishis in beautiful poetic sounds and rhythms as was heard originally in the vision and spiritual experience of the Rishis of the Rig-Veda. Nishtha has translated all main and sub-hymns to the Goddess Sarasvati in the Rig-Veda. Comments of Sri Aurobindo's book 'The Secret of the Veda' where also included. Read more

Thursday, 07 March 2013
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Classical Music: Abhisek Lahiri

One of the youngest President Award Winning “A” Grade’ Sarod artiste of All India Radio & National Television- Kolkata, Abhisek has won the hearts of discerning audiences worldwide with his maturity, depth & perfection already at the age of 28. Abhisek was initiated in Sarod at an early age of 6 & trained under the tutelage of his father as well as Guru, eminent Sarod player Pt. Alok Lahiri & becoming one of his premier disciples. Read more

Monday, 04 March 2013
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Classical Music With Subhra Guha
Guha is acknowledged as one of the finest thumri singers of the Poorab Ang among the younger generation of singers. Her voice is strikingly tuneful, exhibiting exquisite tonal malleability and is remarkably suited for khayal recital. Her style of rendition displays a mellow blending of vidya, impeccable raagdari and a rich gayaki that is both creative and aesthetically appealing. Her collection of rare thumri, dadra, kajri, chaiti, etc in pure Benaras tradition is also matchless.

Friday, 01 March 2013
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Sitar and Tabla Classical Music
Sri Kalyanjit Das and Sri Somen Nandy came together on Monday night to give us a great preformance of Sitar and Tabla together. Kalyanjit Das was born in 1992 in a highly enriched musical family of Kolkata & is one of the young talents in the field of “Indian Classical Music”. Sri Somen Nandy was born into a purely classical music family at Burdwan in West Bengal. He started his training in tabla under Pt. Pankaj Chatterjee, a renowned tabla maestro of the Farukhabad Gharana and a disciple of Ustad Keramatullah Khan. Read more

Tuesday, 26 February 2013
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Chanting to Goddess Sarasvati II
In this the second lecture about the Goddess Sarasvati, Nishtha translated and explained more of the poetry. Nishtha has translated all main and sub-hymns to the Goddess Sarasvati in the Rig-Veda. Participants had a chance to hear how the Rishis of the Rig-Veda chanted about what they heard and seen in the spiritual worlds as they where invoking the Goddess Sarasvati. There will be two succeeding lectures on Wednesday in Verite Hall 3-5 pm. Read more

Thursday, 21 February 2013
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Flute Meditation
Last night at Pitanga Jean-Christophe on flute and Teresa on tampura has offered to a numerous audience a meditation, where music supposed to be used as a medium to get into meditative state. Since this was not a concert, and its purpose was not to entertain, Jean-Christophe has chosen an Indian raga - Malcance, and invited the audience to travel on the sound of the flute with him. Read more

Tuesday, 19 February 2013
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