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Aravind Eye Hospital at Abhishekapakkam in Puducherry is providing free eye check-up with minimal waiting time for all Aurovillians on Tuesday afternoons between 2 and 4.30. The International Zone Group is organizing on Saturday at 2.30 pm first creative session to initiate a series of activities around the “Exploration of National Soul”. Solitude Farm is organizing LIVELY UP YOUR EARTH ECO-MUSIC FESTIVAL on 29th of January, and inviting all interested to join them on the first meeting on Friday, 10th of December at 4.30 pm at Solitude Farm.

Tuesday, 07 December 2010
(City Life)
El Espacio Mediterráneo
El Espacio Mediterráneo pretende ser el alma de España, Italia y Francia en la zona Internacional de Auroville. En una entrevista muy interesante con Marc, Alex explora que es este gran proyecto, cuales son los objetivos y que esperan para el futuro los miembros de los tres países que viven en Auroville. Un sitio para compartir ideales, esencia, cultura. Marc nos explica acciones practicas que serán echas en el futuro, como restaurantes, workshops, exhibiciones, que rescaten la esencia de esta zona tan especial del globo y que tiene tantos Aurovilianos que vinieron de allá.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010
Darshan Photos
Tomorrow 17th of November is the anniversary of the Mother's passing, and in Savitri Bhavan int Hall for Concentration will be the Mother's Chair. In the evening we can see a film “The Mother – Darshan Photos”, prepared by Tatiana from photos by Sudha Sundaram. First of 4 concerts of New Creation Choir conducted by Laurent will be held tomorrow at New Creation Music Room at 6.30 pm. The Festival Research, Evolution and Experiment Group inviting all to a first meeting about Cristmas Fair at Youth Center on Saturday at 3pm at YC. Read more

Tuesday, 16 November 2010
(Arts & Culture)
Diwali treats
After a common dinner at the Solar Kitchen we once again saw a spectacular firework display in front of Bharat Nivas, one which put smile on everyone's face, especially those of children. The Diwali celebration continued with a special treat for those who follow Tamil movies. Madhumitha, a known singer, and Mr. Gangai Amaran, a famous music director, screenplay writer, actor and film director, performed with their own set of musicians and technicians. After some official greetings and talks, Madhumitha expressed her gratitude to the Mother and Auroville through some spiritual songs, but the public was more enthusiastic about the second part of the performance: popular songs from the movies many know so well. Read more

Tuesday, 09 November 2010
(Arts & Culture)
Same and yet different
Part of Diwali celebration was also Saturday's play at Auditorium of Bharat Nivas of Savitiri – a Soul for Any Age. Although the play, the actors(The Young Flame Theater Company form Udavi School from Edayanchavdi village), directed by Jill were the same as almost a month ago at Udavi School, we can say that this time it was different. Bigger stage, actors a bit more focused, interaction with audience was cut on already prepared responses, play shortened a bit, and lighting was an excellent work of Jean Le Grand. Due to the rain audience wasn't so numerous, but those who were there enjoy the every minute of the play.

Monday, 08 November 2010
Inner Light
In the Hindu religion Diwali is the most important festival of the year and is celebrated with families performing traditional activities together in their homes. Auroville community will celebrate tonight with common dinner at Solar Kitchen, and cultural program afterward. Everyone are also invited to join Diwali celebration tomorrow at Upasana to share joy and light. Beside that we can see Savitri – Soul for Any Age, a theater play at Bharat Nivas by The Young Flame Theater Company from Udavi School at Edayanchavadi village

Thursday, 04 November 2010
Welcome to Auroville!
Do you know how many people visits Auroville everyday? And what are they doubts? And most important: where do they go? Kantha, is the person to answer all this questions. Growing up in Auroville, she has also seeing Auroville's visitors grow over the more them 10 years that she has being working at the Information Centre. In this very interesting interview, she shares with us her challenges and knoledge in this field.. Today at 17h, we will have: Heart Dance with Upahar at Verite Hall. And is important to remind that Diwali is coming, so preper yourself tomorrow because most of all services will be closed on Friday for this beautiful celebration.

Wednesday, 03 November 2010
FEAR and Diwali
“I'm Affraid” told us Deborah, a guest and volunteer in Auroville in the interview about the attack she experienced last Thursday on the road from the village toward Auroville. She was also shocked over the suggestion on the way she supposed to ensure her safety around here, given to her by the head of the Auroville Security. Sadly, but this city is turning into a place with strong curfew after the sunset, placed by some local men and boys. Diwali celebrations will start on Thursday, and most of the services will be closed on Friday. Read more

Tuesday, 02 November 2010
Adventurous Forecomer
Featured in the news today is Deborah, an adventurous early Aurovilian, recalling her pioneer days as one of the founders of what we know today as the Forecomers Community as well as her first meeting with the Mother. Also in the news a reminder of Sanskrit Vedic chants with Nadaka and Gopika, an opportunity to join a study group around the book: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and the coming Deepavali celebration at Upasana.

Monday, 01 November 2010
All Saints, Jazz and movies

In the conversation with children and others at Youth Center we heard what will happen this weekend. On Saturday at 8pm at SAWCHU music lovers will enjoy in Concert of JAZZ VOCAL STANDARS with Nuria singing, Matt on piano, Keith on bass and Suresh on drums. For those who are more into the movies tonight at Cinema Paradiso can see French movie Versailles, and tomorrow and interesting biography of Nikola Tesla, and the mystery of his inventions. Read more

Friday, 29 October 2010
(Arts & Culture)
Mango Chill Out

Under the full moon, by the swimming pool, Auroville musicians Mishko M'Ba on bass, Matthew Littlewood at keyboards, Suresh on drums and Anna with Phoebe singing entertained audience, mostly coming from Pondicherry. With the promise of slow food dining, the evening was high spirited all night long more in the friendly atmosphere, and the tunes of jazz standards, and blues. But still, with some songs sung by Anna or Phoebe audience was caught by surprise, and the soft conversation would paused to listen to them. Mishko, Matthew and Suresh expressed again their endless aptitude to adapt at any situation, and master it with technical perfection. Read more

Monday, 25 October 2010
(Arts & Culture)
Savitri – A Soul for Any Age

It was a real pleasure to see children of Udavi School on Friday morning being excited about the theater play. Under the gentle guidance of versatile director Jill children proved to the audience that they can be great actors, beside expressing themselves in other language. The beauty of classical great poem Savitri lies also in that, that it can be told and expressed on many ways, and the time doesn't play significant role in it. Jill skillfully engaged the sited audience, mostly consisted of Udavi School children, to keep them alert and active as she gave them a role to play as well. Read more

Monday, 18 October 2010
A Delhi Experience

Nadaka and Gopika, sharing their experience while in Delhi at the opening of the Commonwealth Games, is the feature of today's news. Seven-year old

Keshava on tabla

was the star of the show, taking the experience in his stride, bringing honour to his mates at the Ashram School. Also in the news a few announcements: dream catching around Integral Governance, joyous song and dance to celebrate Navarati at the yearly Gujarati Garba and, on the practical side, some positive feedback from the Eco-Service. Read more

Friday, 15 October 2010
Climate Change Action
Featured in today's news is an interview with Lisbeth, Environmental Science teacher in the Auroville schools; Lisbeth speaks about the significance of Sunday's date 10-10-10, about the significance of the number 350, about actions taking place to impact climate change. Also in the news are announcements on World Food Day coming next week with its theme of 'Anna-Dana' which means giving food to the hungry. Also a unique idea about coffee; it seems it can be a medium for creating art as well as the universally popular beverage.

Friday, 08 October 2010
Music and Life
Today's News is full of energy. Our 7 years old artist Keshav, bring us a beautiful vibe with his Tabla and, together with Nadaka and Gopika, touch our hearth. His participation on the opening of the Commonwealth Games is part of a journey that has started really early. Gopika shares with us some anecdotes, his love and compromise with sounds and rhythms. Creative, smart and very sweet – an artist – this is what this interesting time with him brought me. We also announce a very interesting talk with Georges Van Vrekhem, a well-known author and exponent on Integral Yoga, that, tomorrow at the Town Hall from 17h30 to 18h30, will talk about: What did Arjuna see: “The Dark Side of the Force".

Wednesday, 06 October 2010
(City Life)
3 days, 20 people - Xpress
The need for socializing on informal, creative way in the town is big, and the fact is that such a kind a place in one doesn't exist yet. So Aurovilians can satisfy their needs for socializing at particular places. Youth Centre tends to bring all at the same time at the same place, and festival is an excellent way how to fulfill not only needs for socializing but also the way how to express ourselves on creative way. Last week three days long Expression Festival it might had not been the best when we're talking about organization, but energies flowing around those days were surely positive for all ages. What does it takes to bring three days event form the starting idea to realization we spoke with Geo and Jitta in a short interview, and their common observation is that not enough people of good will coming forward at times of such events. Read more

Monday, 04 October 2010
(Arts & Culture)
From Africa to Brasil
The Expression Festival finally started on Thursday 30th of September at Youth Center with positive energy and decorated space, and after the movie public greeted with big applause Ana Tiago – Nomadas – Yeahmadas on the stage, under the erected tent, lighted by ever romantic Christmas lights. Variable band of musicians which core is always represented by Ana and Tiago proved again that in the music are professionals, and they give heart to whatever they play. After songs from East Africa they decided to “lift” up audience on their feet by giving them hot rhythms of samba. It worked. Read more

Friday, 01 October 2010
Theater and children
Thursday, 30th of September, and beside that Expression Festival definitely is starting today couple of volunteers interrupted theater rehearsal and we feature a small excerpt of it in the news. The play, we believe titled Noah's Ark will be shown at Visitor Centre on Saturday. Today at 5.30 pm at Town Hall we can listen to the last part of Georges Van Vrekhem talks about Sri Aurobindo's Thought, and at University of Human Unity at Unity Pavilion at 5pm Rod Hemsell will be lecturing on The Philosophy of Evolution through a compact survey of the philosophies of Henry Bergson, Teilhard de Chardin, Jean Gebser and Sri Aurobindo.

Thursday, 30 September 2010

Tomorrow the Expression Festival starts at Youth Center, and our volunteers Louis and Lauren spoke with Geo about it. Amongst other they found out that the festival itself will begin every day at 4.30 with workshop, and tomorrow that will be the fire juggling and art for kids. At 6.30 slide show will follow workshops with movies, and after the live musical events followed by amazing world music DJ happenings. The exception to it would be Saturday night, when they will due to respect to Gandhi Jayanthi close all the music at eleven. All festival days also the food stalls will open at 6pm. Tonight at at Cinema Paradiso we can see interesting music documentary with tittle From Mao to Mozart. Read more

Wednesday, 29 September 2010
YC Expressions
Thursday, 23rd of September and a busy weekend is ahead of us once more starting with movies at Cinema Paradiso and at Bharat Nivas, inauguration of exhibition at Kala Kendra, with lectures and discussions organize by University of Human Unity, with talk of Georges Van Vrekhem, known author and exponent on Integral Yoga, an open house at Auzolan where they want to share with us dismontable and modular house...In the short interview recorded over the phone with Geo we found out what an Expression Festival, which will occur next week at Youth Center, aims to be. They also invite us all to join them this Sunday afternoon in preparation for the festival itself.

Thursday, 23 September 2010
(Arts & Culture)
Saturday, 18th of September, World Bamboo Day – second part of the event at Visitor Center. After the delicious bamboo meal, talks were presented, and later we saw an unique fashion show, designed by Ok, Juin, Elena,Leah, and stitched by Lively Boutique tailoring section. Each designer also chose the outlook of the show itself, accompanied by lively music of Bamboo Band, which showed us later how bamboo can sound in music. The crowd, not as numerous as we're accustom to see on the events at Visitor Centre, was overwhelmed by the fresh approach of bamboo fabric used in fashion designs, as well on the way they were presented. Bamboo Band continue with the positive energies running high that day all the way from the morning by unique sounds and songs on exclusively bamboo instruments. Read more

Wednesday, 22 September 2010
(Arts & Culture)
A whole day of Babmoooooo
18th of September has been marked as World Bamboo Day to bring the awareness to the planet of benefits of this amazing fast growing, sustainable grass. In Auroville we joined the celebration for the first time, and it started in the morning by planting around 100 plants of bamboo, which was followed by the Market at Solar Kitchen with display of many very beautiful bamboo products. The day ended by cultural event in the evening at Visitor Centre where the recordings of next piece are from, divided in two parts – in first one interesting talks by Pashi and Rolf, and demonstration of the bamboo cycle, in the second part you can listen to the amazing musical fashion show, Bamboo band and Jivan with friends. Read more

Tuesday, 21 September 2010
Roads, cables and Expression Festival
Tuesday, 21st of September and beside the announcement from Telephone Service we talked with Rolf from L'Avenir D'Auroville about roads, and the progressing work on them. The symposium Awakening the Dreamer will occur on Saturday, 25th of September at Town Hall, and on it they want to explore the most critical concern of our times, and discover new opportunities to make a real difference in accelerating the emergence of an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, and socially just human presence on this planet.

Tuesday, 21 September 2010
Bamboo Bicycle Rides

Auroville joined the world on 18 September 2010 for the first annual celebration of bamboo to increase the awareness of bamboo's glory globally. Tune-in for an interview with Dominic, as co-designer of Auroville's first bamboo bicycle! “The World Bamboo Organization aims to bring the potential of bamboo to a more elevated exposure – to protect natural resources and the environment, to ensure sustainable utilization, to promote new cultivation of bamboo for new industries in regions around the world, as well as promote traditional uses locally for community economic development.” See for more details.

Monday, 20 September 2010
(Arts & Culture)
Concert in Satsanga

American guest, Matthew, met Aurovilian, Suryan and his cousin, Croatian guest, Jan. Seven days later they gave a concert to a packed crowd at Satsanga Restaurant in Pondicherry. Suryan Stettner, singer-songwriter, guitar player, started singing from the age 5, and studied classical guitar from age 8 to 16. He sang in public for the first time at the age 7 and performed in his first Auroville concert in Aurodam kitchen at age 11. After having taken many varied music classes before and during high school he studied voice at the London GIT (Guitar Institute of Technology, Acton) in 1997-1998. Suryan has performed in public over 100 times, as a solo artist and with various bands all over the world. Read more

Sunday, 19 September 2010
Arangetram, AA and massage
The skills of four young Aurovillian BharatNatyam students we would be able to see at Arangetram Performance at Sri Aurobindo Auditorium at Bharat Nivas tomorrow on 10th of September at 6pm. On Sunday morning at 10 am at Village Action at Irumbai road the Surrender AA group will celebrate the 3rd birthday with the talk on alcoholism. We talked with Jo about new service she's offering to the people who work at Town Hall. Tonight we can see a Spanish movie at Cinema Paradiso or we can join the sacred circle of ethnic chanting at Verite Hall. Read more

Thursday, 09 September 2010
(Arts & Culture)
An American in Auroville

Jazz, Blues, Country, Rock – Solo vocal, guitar and piano concert by Matthew "Shark" Shartsis, singer, musician and songwriter. Known to American music fans as "The Great White Shark", he has played over 100 concerts in the last five years, both as a solo performer and with his band; "General Jones", named for the general jones of life. Matthew is the organizer, manager and lead singer of General Jones, which plays his original songs and well-loved standards.Auroville Radio presents his performance to a packed audience in Pitanga, which kept him singing and playing for over 30 minutes longer than the scheduled Read more

Wednesday, 08 September 2010
(Arts & Culture)
Filmer Auroville
A Dana, Basile (alias Tutsy Navarathna) et Claudine nous ouvrent les portes de leur studio, où ils distillent avec précision des documentaires et des courts métrages sur Auroville. Installés ici depuis dix ans, ils nous livrent leurs impressions sur les évolutions culturelles et artistiques dont ils ont été témoins. Entre Second Life, le Bhagavad-Gitâ et Rimbaud, nous découvrons avec enthousiasme le travail de recherche et d'expérimentation de ces professionels. Ils posent ainsi les premières pierres d'une scène culturelle de haut niveau à Auroville. Read more

Wednesday, 01 September 2010
Playing Together

For football fans and others this year World Cup held in South Africa was special from many different aspects. In Auroville we decided to watch some of the matches together on the La Terrace - Solar Kitchen. On one of those nights we recorded part of the atmosphere and in interviews with some of the audience Chloé found out that the most important thing that night wasn't really the game itself, but the whole thing, being together, experienced it with millions from all around, to add some energy on, as somebody named it, this particular federating event. This year the World Cup was socially unifying thing, one of the kind.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010
(Arts & Culture)
New Dimensions

On a rainy Saturday evening Shri Soham Munim and Shri Debashish Dass performed an Indian classical concert at the Sri Aurobindo auditorium in Bharat Nivas. Shri Soham Munim was on that stage two years before when he played in a more progressive fusion concert. In this concert he played Hindustani Ragas on his sitar maintaining the classical art in its essence, and, also at the same time using a contemporary feel in his musical expressions. Shri Soham Munim was accompanied by Shri Debashish Dass on tabla. Read more

Monday, 23 August 2010
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