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(Arts & Culture)
ArTranslation in Kala Kendra

Christiane and Valerie from the collective ArTranslation talk to us about the project they are undertaking, in Auroville, this month. Aurellll and Cedric complete this collective of artists from the island Reunion, a small French island near Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. Exhibiting in Gallery Square Circle in Kala Kendra, Bharat Nivas, on December 4th to 14th, the opening is on the 4th at 4.30 pm. Personal works will be exhibited whilst the collective is also working outside on a structure made of gathered wood and stones. Read more

Monday, 02 December 2013
(Environment)
Bliss Forest Walk
Surrounding the Youth Centre and north of Town Hall is Bliss Forest, home to porcupines and many birds. Early on Sunday morning we were led by the Bliss steward Dominik on a walk through the forest. The area faces its own share of road controversies as Aurovilians work out how best to continue building the city. Which should take precedent of the galaxy plan, Master Plan, or existing features is a perennial question. As we walked we learned a bit about the biodiversity of the place, and efforts to clear the wood brought down by Cyclone Thane. Read more

Friday, 26 April 2013
(Environment)
Medicinal Plants at Sapney Farm
Many of the plants growing naturally all around us have healing properties. As part of the Earth Day program of events we were invited to Sapney Farm to learn about using medicinal plants. Listen to Elumalai describe the properties of plants from brahmi to hibiscus. What natural preparations can we use for fever, wounds or insect bites? How can we plan and care for an herbal garden? Then hear Sara, long-term volunteer working on her Permaculture diploma, describe some of the Permaculture principles being practiced at Sapney Farm. Read more

Wednesday, 24 April 2013
(Arts & Culture)
Voyage interieur part 5
La veille de mon départ pour la France, nous nous sommes retrouvés avec pleins d’ami(e)s musiciens, pour expérimenter un espace sonore. Nous avons ouvert le micro, sans rien attendre, mais prêts à tout entendre... On the eve of my departure to France, we met with a lots of friends musicians to experiment a sound space. We opened the microphone without expecting anything, but willing to hear everything... Read more

Friday, 19 April 2013
(Arts & Culture)
Voyage interieur part 2
Je devais rester une demi-journée à Auroville et j'y suis resté un mois. Un apres-midi, je me suis retrouvé au Matrimandir, seul dans un pétale. Je m'y suis installe et moi qui d’habitude ne ressens rien dans les lieux vibratoires, j’y ai entendu un son... l'aventure commencait. I had to stay half a day in Auroville and I stayed there for a month. An after-noon, I found myself Matrimandir alone in a petal. I've installed and I who usually do not feel anything in places vibration, I heard there's a ...adventure was beginning. Read more

Friday, 12 April 2013
(Economy)
Spiruline in Windarra farm
Spiruline, a magic waterplant identified as the food of the future for its fantastic healthy components is produced in Auroville since 15 years, the local climate  adds an important criterium of quality : SUNDRIED,  so the plants don't lose any quality during that process . This farming is expending in terms of quantity and variety, including news plants often produced outside the farm (alfalfa ........) as new kinds of farm products . The farm is now totally located in Windarra farm. More than a job for the workers , a daily slice of life. Read more

Thursday, 14 March 2013
(Arts & Culture)
La culture Tibetaine a Auroville
Journaliste et historien, Claude Arpi vit en Inde depuis plus de 30 ans dans la cité internationale d'Auroville où il est directeur du Pavillon Tibétain. Il a consacré ces vingt-cinq dernières années à l’étude approfondie de la culture du Tibet. Dans cette interview Claude nous presente le pavillon de la culture tibétaine et revient sur quelques fait historiques de ce pays et de ce peuple qui a perdu son territoire. Aujourd'hui la culture tibétaine existe grace à la diaspora tibétaine et la profonde synpathie de nombreux citoyens du monde. Read more

Monday, 11 March 2013
(City Life)
Mahalakshmi Park Proposal
This year Mahalakshmi Park proposal, again done by students of ENSP from France - Alexnadre, Camille, Hortense and Lucie with the assistance of Alain from Road Service and Marie from Matrimandir was warmly welcomed by the residents. This presentation - proposal differ from the one from last year by slight shift of the cycle and walking path away from private land. The new proposal also reflects the ground reality of Auroville after last december passing cyclone Thane. Read more

Thursday, 02 August 2012
(Environment)
Agricultural Awareness Campaign
'What is the worlds biggest pest? Its the human being' Njal, who has lived in Auroville for 22 years, is trying to create environmental awareness and is fighting the chemical treatment of Cashew plants inside and around Auroville. Njal, der seit über 22 Jahren in Auroville lebt, will aufklären. Mit seiner Awareness Campaign versucht er, die Zusammenhänge von Krankheiten und den chemischen Pestiziden aufzudecken und die Dorfbewohner zu überzeugen, dass natürliche Mittel gesünder, effektiver und besser für Natur, Mensch und Tiere sind. Read more

Monday, 12 March 2012
(Economy)
Harvesting Rice at Solitude
The rice harvest at Solitude has started, and the farms volunteers from many different countries have begun to work in the rice paddy field. Only organic vegetables and grains are grown in Solitude, always following the principle of biodiversity and crop variety. How do the volunteers like the hard work in the field? Listen to the sounds of the rice field, the workers impressions, and Josh, who explains the philosophy behind the rice cultivation and the current situation. Anyone is welcome to join the rice harvest if they are interested. Read more

Wednesday, 07 March 2012
(Education)
Pole Artists on Mission Auroville

Opening presentation on 'Mission Auroville': an experiment in cultural geography by 6 Polish artists who are visiting Auroville for 2 months. Vocabulary of culture texts produced in Poland often deals with questions on historical and personal fears and mishappenings. The project aims at confronting these kinds of attitudes with utopian, optimistic and future-oriented reality of Auroville. The project is a colaboration between Museum of Art in Lodz and Kala Kendra Gallery with support from Goldex Poldex and the Adam Mickiewicz Insitute. Read more

Wednesday, 15 February 2012
(News)
Wood, Fire, Dengue
AV Cyclone Response Team strongly request the cooperation of all residents regarding handling of Auroville's wood and timber. They're asking us NOT TO SELL AUROVILLE WOOD OR EXCHANGE IT FOR LABOR. All Auroville wood, or its value, will eventually be utilized to rebuild Auroville. We should understand that if one choose to sell or exchange Auroville wood on his own, one cannot expect reimbursement for rebuilding costs such as clearing, ... Dr. Elisabeth from USA will have a presentation on Friday 13th at 5pm in White Hall, Bharat Nivas. Read more

Tuesday, 10 January 2012
(Environment)
New Birth and Lively Up
When the cyclone is on its way there's nothing a farmer can do. He can't evacuate crops. Krishna from Solitude says amongst others that now is the time to understand destruction, it is time for new birth, where we can make a step forward and what have been destroyed can be rebuild better, with more vision, more intelligence...a new birth...Krishna knows that it will take them three months before they will get some crops rotating again, and a year to get back to the level that things normally going on. But "you smile and go the best you can.." Read more

Thursday, 05 January 2012
(News)
Aspiration for the Future
Today an interview with Danny is the feature; Danny, well-known as the founder of WellPaper, now a member of the newly formed Auroville Council: he speaks about juggling the various aspects of his life along with highest aspirations for the good of the larger community. B for the Cooperatif Cosmique (users of the Aura) and Zero Waste speaks about the Aura coming out on 1-1-2012, a year in which changes worldwide will take place...Auroville Cleanup Group calls for volunteers to clean up litter and for education to change attitude and behavior. Read more

Wednesday, 21 December 2011
(News)
From Trees to Tigers
Today's news comes directly from the last Green Column published at News and Notes. First, an update on Auroville Botanical Garden and their interesting projects and needs: starting for hands to work. From the work of green Peace India we have two very alarming news: the BRAI bill, that will give green light to GM crops and the dangerous of it and the government pushing to approval of coal mining in dense forest areas of central India. If you want to know more, please see www.greenpeaceindia.org. A big thank to Isa, Lisbeth and Bridgitte. Read more

Friday, 09 December 2011
(News)
Wi-Max polluting Auroville
On 23rd November 2011 BSNL inaugurated a Wi-Max tower at the old Tindivanam road near the Hanuman statue. Auroville is within the coverage area of this tower. Recently, an expert committee of the Government of India has recommended that radiation from cell towers be declared as a pollution. Wi-Max is a new communication technology similar to cellular communications and the new tower adds to the pollution in Auroville. This is a cause for serious concern as it threatens the bio diversity created by planting of million trees over four decades. Read more

Tuesday, 29 November 2011
(News)
The Green News Today brings together three very important topics: CSA, Wangari Maathai and Bottled Water. CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is a iniciative that connects consumers and farmers and Auroville has it own project and we share some details about it. A world wide Tree planting initiative took place in honor of Wangari Maathai. She was the first woman in East and Central Africa to earn a doctorate degree and was the first woman to be awarded the Nobel peace Prize. To finish, some very interesting facts about bottled water. Read more

Friday, 18 November 2011
(News)
From EM to Brazil
Today's news features three different topics connected with Auroville, Brazil and a movie. First we have the steps on how to use EM (Effective Microorganism) in agriculture. For 2012 an international event will happen in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to discuss sustainability, poverty and development. Is the Rio + 20, organized by the UN to continue with the discussions started at the Eco 92, also in Rio. And a documentary that is live changing: Waste Land, that shows the life of waste pickers in Brazil and how can art change their life. Read more

Saturday, 29 October 2011
(Environment)
Bamboo Research Project
Pashi made a presentation on possiblilities of growing Bamboo grass using organic fertilizers in Auroville wastelands and shared the experience of cultivating bamboo in different soil and water conditions. He also spoke about biomass being a sustainable source of reliable energy and how bamboo and woody material can be used effectively for generation of energy. He elaborated on the ecological and economic advantages of cloning and culturing Bamboo as against Casuarina which takes far more space and is less productive.

Wednesday, 21 September 2011
(Arts & Culture)
Eternal Innocence

Auroville is a universal playground that offers us richness of sounds as well as human diversity. And we were playing. In the Creative Radio workshop, we were playing with sounds - listening to the morning sounds of waking nature, bees buzzing, sounds of children playing with grains of sand, passing through sports grounds listening to the boisterous cries of kids engrossed in their games. We ended our sound journey with the flowing water at lotus pond at Matrimandir. Read more

Monday, 05 September 2011
(City Life)
Mahalakshmi Park

Adrien, Elsa and Sophie, interms from the National School of Landscaping of Versailles in France have been working with Tow Development Council / L'Avenir d'Auroville, Road Service and Marie since June on a design for the Mahalakshmi Park. On thursday 18th of August in Conference Room in Town Hall we had a chance to see the presentation of their work. Fresh and interesting concept they presented was warmly welcomed by the audience, and presentation itself was followed by lively discussion. Posters are on display at Town Hall . Read more

Friday, 19 August 2011
(News)
Mahalakshmi Park

L'AVenir d"Auroville / Town Development Council invites us At Town Hall Conference Room tomorrow, Thursday 18th at 4pm where will be a presentation of Mahalakshmi Park. The concept was created by three interns from the National School of Landscaping of Versailles, France. Adrien, Elsa and Sophie have been working with TDC/ Avenir and Road Service and Marie since June on a design for the Mahalakshmi Park which will stretch from SK to Arka area. At Svedame Hibiscus Art Village Project invites us on Saturday to the music concert of Yemadas. Read more

Wednesday, 17 August 2011
(Environment)
Life in AV Forest
We've met Catherine the Green Group coordinator, and Martanda from the Forest Group to find out about life in the wild. These modern day foresters may live off the main grid but by producing their own energy they maintain an up-to-date lifestyle. In this podcast, they also talk about the beauty and the difficulties of maintaining and protecting the surrounding forest. Read more

Monday, 20 June 2011
(Environment)
Into the Bee Hive!
Gino in Discipline farm shows us a bee hive and explains how he became part of the project of rising awareness about the actual situation of our bees here in Auroville. Honey is not only a nourishing wonder, it is also anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and anti-oxydant. We learn from the behavior of the bees, seeing how, all their life, they share the same small amount of space, in a community where they evolve from the job of cleaning the hive to the higher one of looking for pollen in flowers, until they attain the final goal of taking care of the Mother, the Queen Bee. Read more

Wednesday, 04 May 2011
(Education)
For the End
Younger children of Deepanam School prepared for the end of the year their own unique presentation of their project works. The youngest ones were visiting Matrimandir, while elder were researching their own social and biological environment and others were busy by visiting services and work units of Auroville. Presentation was for their school friends, holders or representatives of units and services they visited and for teachers. Read more

Friday, 29 April 2011
(Environment)
Njal, Environmental Activist
The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants which started in Geneva at the beginning of the week is about to end. Decisions regarding the Endosulfan pesticide ban are still pending. Njal, who has been raising awareness regarding Endosulfan's impact on the environment and health in Auroville/bio-region, revealed the arguments from the side of the chemical industries. Plus how it's difficult for farmers to understand the impact of Endosulfan. Njal hopes the 1000 signatures he gathered for the petition (sent to Geneva) against Endosulfan will result in a change for the best. Read more

Thursday, 28 April 2011
(Environment)
Pachamama
Awakening the Dreamer Symposium is a tool developed by Pachamama Alliance to "awake" the participants, and to stimulate changes. Through participation in this program, people are encouraged to find their unique and powerful role as agents of change in creating a new future. Ethan, Bindu and Andrea shortly introduced Pachamam Alliance and its purpose, and what Awakening the Dreamer means to them - either to bring personal transformation, inspire people to the highest, lead to real changes in each one's life... Read more

Thursday, 21 April 2011
(Spirituality)
Biology View

Anand Kumar talk on Mutation II A Clearing was touching biology point of mutation. As a biologist performing his work in genetic, infertility, cancer and hormonal investigation he started to ask himself, after reading Sri Aurobindo work twenty years back, what is the meaning of all life. Sri Aurobindo wrote that tradition of changes is the oldest tradition, but Kumar noted that tradition of mutation is actually the oldest. As he sees tradition of mutation created us, and it will take us back to origin. He reminded us that DNA are the basic units, made out of 4 the same molecules for all beings, from which either virus or a man can be created. Read more

Wednesday, 09 March 2011
(News)
Snakeman Rom
The news today features Rom Whitaker who visits Auroville once again to present his newest film on a subject that attracts and repels most of us: snakes. Rom demystifies some of our fears by identifying which snakes are poisonous, which snakes are aggressive and how important it is if bitten to remain quiet, still and be taken for an injection of anti-venom. And, to have torchlight when walking about at night. Announcements include two events for tonight: at Kalabhumi, Cabaret Theatre 7 pm to 10. Also tonight at SAWCHU Improvisational Theatre, beginning at 7.30 pm. Read more

Friday, 11 February 2011
(Environment)
Need to Celebrate
Lively Up Your Earth, eco - music festival, the first of its kind, last weekend in January at Solitude Farm, once again brought lots of people together. Krishna, the founder of the Solitude, and member of the band, Emergence, told us the feedback was warm. Everybody enjoy the diversity of the music and workshops and the many different offered products...all liked the multi-faceted note of the festival, which really joined ecology awareness, art and music with common thread. This way the festival was more than a social gathering - it was really a celebration of all the ideas, and people who resonate with them. Read more

Monday, 07 February 2011
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