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(Arts & Culture)
Kadirvel - Fusion Natureband

Last Friday night, a great musical event was held in Cripa, Kalabhumi: Kadirvel and his intrumental Fusion Natureband.  Accompanied by Sriram on Yuva Veena and by Manikandavan on Thavil, Kadirvel delighted us with their performance. The trio was quite incredible and the hand drum showed an extraordinary ability to create a state of euphoria. It induces a trance that helps to release anger. A real feeling of community, unity and well being was tangible. Kadir is the world record holder for playing Ghatam (South Indian pot) continuously for 26 hours. Read more

Saturday, 28 December 2013
(Arts & Culture)
The Viziers of Bassora

Last weekend in Bharat Nivas were held three presentations of the The Viziers of Bassora, a play that Sri Aurobindo wrote in 1905, during his stay in Baroda. The manuscript was seized by the police when he was arrested in 1908, and was considered lost until it was discovered in a cupboard and given to the Ashram many years later, after 1950. The source of the plot of The Viziers of Bassora is one of the numerous stories told in The Arabian Nights, entitled “Nur al-Din Ali and the Damsel Anis al-Jalis”. Read more

Thursday, 19 December 2013
(City Life)
CHIRU Presents IGCS

Last Saturday, on December 14th, Doctor Christoph Woiwode was invited by the Centre for International Research on Human Unity (CIRHU) and the German Pavilion, both in Auroville, to give a presentation. The talk was given in the SAIIER Conference room, Town Hall, and was preceded by the gifting of the Trialog Journal (June 2012) on Urban Development and Spirituality to Auroville architects. Dr. Woiwode is a German research scholar from the visiting Faculty at the Indo-German Centre for Sustainability, Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai. Read more

Wednesday, 18 December 2013
(Arts & Culture)
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
(Arts & Culture)
Painting on the Wood

Alla Dull is a Russian painter who started to paint on wood three years ago. "The idea to paint on wood came from seeing the Russian Icons", she says. The main subject of her paintings are faces and hands, she continues "The hand is the most personal part of the body. With the hand you can feel every thing". In her paintings one may see different faces, each giving a different feeling. The eyes may be the first thing to attract one in the painting. Alla believes that a persons eyes are connected to reality and always show real emotion. Read more

Thursday, 05 December 2013
(Arts & Culture)
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
(Arts & Culture)
Classik Stuff, and A Lo Latino

After the Singing Festival a group of singers were so inspired that they decided to continue the practice. The result is A LO LATINO, performing at 8.30pm on Friday the 25th, at the Unity Pavilion. A LO LATINO consists of 13 people from four continents - South America, Africa, Asia and Europe - led by five Colombians - Margarita, Margarita, Camilla, Alexandra, and Miguel. In this piece we talk to Margarita, who is known in the community for her work with probiotics. She invites us to A LO LATINO. We are also invited to a one hour concert - Classik Sutff by Genius Brothers - on the same Friday the 25th, but at 7.30pm at the Visitor Centre. Read more

Friday, 18 October 2013
(Arts & Culture)
Stick Chapman & Company
Jackie Mouvilllat on the Stick Chapman accompanied by the vocals and reverse writing of Anaka, Manosh Bardhan on the Tabla and Matt Littlewood on Soprano Saxophone came together in a concert at Pitanga last weekend. A memeber of the guitar of the guitar family, the Chapman Stick usually has ten or twelve individually tuned strings. It is a polyphonic chordal instrument that is at once a guitar, a bass, a piano and percussion. Anaka uses a transparent plexiglass with an indigenous technique of reverse writing . Read more

Friday, 26 April 2013
(Arts & Culture)
Vishwasangeetham World Music
Kees Van Boxtel is a world musician, composer and producer from Harlem, Amsterdam. He plays the saxaphone, silver flute and the Indian Bansuri. Kees also manages Birdtrack Studio in Harlem. In this he talks to Sharan about his lifelong musical adventures like riding the New wave and starting a band called Popoufka in the late 70s, experimenting with musical astrology and eventually evolving his own expression and style of unifying the different influences. Kees started a world music band called Shimayana in early 2008. Read more

Monday, 08 April 2013
(Arts & Culture)
Padiglione Virtuale
Questo e' il secondo meeting di alcuni residenti che stanno lavorando al progetto del padiglione italiano ad Auroville. Ad Arka, nella rumorosa libreria adiacente alla Crown Roard, si sono riuniti italiani per discutere sulla eventuale possibilta' di vedere realizzato il padiglione in muratura. Durante la discussione e' emersa la difficolta' di realizzare di progetto 'reale' per cui il gruppo ha optato nel continuare le attivita' culturali sotto l'egida del padiglione 'virtuale'. Ascoltate la registrazione per capire di cio' che si e' discusso.

Friday, 08 March 2013
(Arts & Culture)
Concert Morice Benin a Pitanga
Tendre et chaleureuse soiree "chansons Francaise" avec le pertinent poete Morice Benin a Auroville ce Mardi 5 Mars a Pitanga .Il écrit ses premières chansons à l'âge de quatorze ans, mais le choc «originel» remonte à Jacques Brel, découvert au Théâtre municipal de Casablanca en 1962, et qui incarnera sa ferveur à pousser la voix lui aussi, à considérer la chanson comme un art majeur. Vinrent ensuite tous ses autres «pères spirituels»: Read more

Friday, 08 March 2013
(Health)
Acroyoga
In Auroville, for two years, a team of passionates has been exploring this discipline born from the third millenium on the Amercan continent. Mark is presenting us this recency between yoga, circus and Thai massage. The French-American tandem Mark and Damien, after a long process of decoding from books and videos, has acquired skills that allow them to offer now the opportunity to practice this activity in Auroville at Arka Centre on Sundays 8-10 am and Tuesdays / Thursdays 7-9 am, and Louise in Windara Farm on fridays 3-5 pm. Ready to fly? Read more

Wednesday, 06 March 2013
(Arts & Culture)
Italian Pavilion?
Jagran risiede ad Auroville da alcuni anni e recentemente si e' impegnato nel riproporre ai residenti italiani l'idea di avere uno spazio fisico che rappresenti in qualche modo l'Italia. Alla riunione e' emerso che l'idea del 'Italian Pavilion' non e' nuova affatto e che tante persone hanno gia' lavorato attivamente sia per la realizzazione di un edificio per ospitare 'il genio italiano' che nell'organizzazione di tanti eventi culturali. L'International Zone comincia a definirsi e forse questo e' il momento giusto per spingere tutti assieme. Read more

Saturday, 02 March 2013
(Education)
Auroville as World heritage Site
In this presentation Martine gives an overview of world heritage sites and how they got their status. Which criterion Auroville fits to and the process to get recognition. If the Auroville would get the World Heritage site status from UNESCO that would bring world wide recognition from 190 countries. Along with many benefits it will also provide Auroville with land protection. Some negative aspects would be in influx of tourist. The presentation concludes with a question and answer session. Read more

Thursday, 24 January 2013
(Arts & Culture)
Mainly Red exhibition

A beautiful Sunday could be spent in Henk's living room at la “Petit Ferme” while marvelling at the exhibited sculptures and paintings by Henk and his wife Agnus. Henk who became an artist in 1968 has two reasons for this exhibition. On one hand it is dedicated to his wife who passed away two years ago and on the other it serves as a contribution for the new art gallery coming up at the Visitors Center in Auroville. Mainly Red is inspired by the power of the color red. The exhibition goes on until the 3rd of February and worth visiting. Read more

Monday, 21 January 2013
(Education)
Communication practicum
This has been the fifth year running that communication and political science students from the American University of Paris have been coming to Auroville for their undergraduate practicum. Also for the past few years they have been joined by students from Linneaus University in Sweden. Auroville provides a perfect platform for the students with all the different projects and activities they can get involved in. To round of their 2-3 week visit they all gave a presentation of the work they have been doing in Auroville. Read more

Thursday, 17 January 2013
(Spirituality)
Louis de Svedam
Louis de Svedam a cree cette communaute il y a plus de 20 ans. Depuis 1973 il avait deja muri son projet pour tout quitter et rejoindre Auroville. Commme un long fleuve tranquille, tout au long de sa route, il erige des passerelles entre les habitants et les artistes de passage, pour batir des liens profonds et universels.Dans le but de realiser son prochain projet de communaute des Artistes, il organise tous les 15 jours des diners suivis de spectacles pour recolter les fonds necessaires. Vous etes tous les bienvenus. Read more

Tuesday, 15 January 2013
(Arts & Culture)
Ustad F. Wasifuddin Dagar
Renowned Dhrupad Singer Ustad Faiyaz Wasifuddin Dagar represents the twentieth unbroken generation of musicians of the Dagar family. He is the nephew and son of Dagar Brothers (Ud. N.Zahiruddin & Ud. N.Faiyazuddin). He brought Dhrupad to the world music scene with his CD recorded for UNESCO, that is considering including Dhrupad in the list of World Intangible Heritage. He has performed at several prestigious venues around the world. President of the Dhrupad Society, he is dedicated to preserving Dhrupad in its purity. Read more

Saturday, 12 January 2013
(Arts & Culture)
Korean-Indian Culture
Aurovillians had the pleasure to listen to Prof. Sasse on Thursday giving a lecture about Korean culture and how it has been influenced by Indian culture. Touching also on the subject of the arrival of Buddhism in Korea and the creation of the Korean alphabet. Participants had possibility to write their names in traditional Korean script. There was also performances of Taekwondo, improvised dancing and traditional Korean songs. The evening was closed by the audience learning a Korean mantra of well being. Read more

Friday, 11 January 2013
(Education)
L`univers a une histoire
Elisabeth Vangioni, astrophysicienne au CNRS , a remonte pour nous le fil de l`histoire astronomique. Dans un expose clair, precis et accessible a tous elle nous a fait partager sa passion, et l`etendue de ses connaissances. Elle a aussi accepte de repondre avec sincerite et gentillesse aux nombreuses questions de son auditoire, et a termine son expose par une constation simple: la plus grande partie de la composition de l`univers nous est toujours inconnue, mais nous pouvons voir de plus en plus loin.... Read more

Monday, 17 December 2012
(Arts & Culture)
At the Coromandel - Coast
Hartmut von Lieres was born in Germany, he came to Auroville nine years ago. He feels that Auroville is the best place for him to express, through his instrumental music. Though he also performs in Germany also and is well know there. Around sixty people gathered together on the evening and listened to the contemplative piano music improvised by him at Auroville on 12/12/12. During his soulful songs the listeners had their eyes closed and followed the melodies with full concentration. Listen to the concert's recording.

Thursday, 13 December 2012
(News)
What`s Happening
Auroville Theatre Group presents 12th Night; art exhibition UPcycling Collection by OK at Pitanga; a piano concert by Hartmut Von Lieres. Regular events: belly dance, biodynamic compost making, Leela, (game of self-knowledge), Capoeira, chess, clay, free dance, drawing, colour and landscape, food lab (foods in relation to allergies), Ikebana, integral meditation, sustainable food growing, non-violent communication, OM choir, various types of yoga, Argentinian tango practica, ultimate disc A and the language lab offering various languages. Read more

Friday, 30 November 2012
(Education)
Seven Jewel of the Mother Earth
Michael Miovic gave a lecture and presentation (at Savitri Bhavan) with title - The seven Jewel-Centres of Mother Earth. Sri Aurobindo, in his short essay "The Supreme Mahashakti", mentions the seven Jewel-Centres of Mother Earth which are locked in the hardness, darkness and inertia of the material Inconscience. To restore the Earth Mother to her own divinity and the earth-existence to its native light and bliss, these centres have to be liberated. This is the task of the Suns of the Supermind. What and where are these seven centres? Read more

Friday, 17 August 2012
(Environment)
Mohanam Birthday
Last Sunday Mohanam Cultural Centre at Sanjeevi Nagar, on the outskirt of Auroville celebrated 11th anniversary of its existence. Happy children, parents, guests gathered to celebrate the occasion with joy. Children prepared cultural program in a dance way, but we could see pieces of their work and activities exhibited throughout the Centre. No doubt that Mohanam grown over the past years, and keeps striving for better. As such it is a bridge between local villages and Auroville trough cultural exchanges, fosters development and understanding. Read more

Monday, 23 July 2012
(Education)
Education Experiences
There are about 500 children in Auroville, and most of them are studying in Auroville schools. My friend Atchuthan and I (Seraphina) thought of interviewing some children in different schools and asking about how they feel studying in an Auroville school, rather than elsewhere. We visited Deepanam, and there we interviewed the 8th grade Unicorns class, and later went to Transition to interview some random graded students. Read more

Friday, 20 July 2012
(City Life)
Matrimandir Exhibition Now Open
On February 28th, 2011, the work began for a new Matrimandir exhibit at the Visitor's Center. One year later, on the 44th birthday of Auroville's beginning, the exhibit opened at 9:30 a.m. following a concentration and consecration of the space. The exhibit, which was partially created with earth from the Matrimandir Gardens, was envisioned to be more a more spatial, visceral, and visual venue than the old exhibit. The creation was a smooth and quiet process, and was realized just in time for the one year deadline. Read more

Monday, 05 March 2012
(Education)
Activities at AVI Centres
At the end of the Auroville International Meeting 2012 we heard what AVI Centres actually do, how many active members they have, what is their focus and their aspirations. AVI Germany, USA, UK.... are one of the largest ones, with several activities and also considerable donation to Auroville for different purposes and projects. Today the number of AVI Centres is growing, adding to the family of centres supporting Aurovillie ideals and work all over the world. Soon we will have liaison of Turkey, Haiti, Hungary, Ethiopia.... joining us. Read more

Sunday, 12 February 2012
(Education)
International Zone at AVI
Amongst many presentations on the agenda of Auroville International Meeting in Auroville 2012 was also International Zone. Core of coordinating group of International Zone are B, Linda Grace, Jyoti, Rakhal and Vani. Pavilion groups shortly presented activities and the course of action they're taking. With the inauguration of Multipurpose Hall at Unity Pavilion on 29th of February some new liasons of AVI will be created but most of the groups are still in the area of cultural and educational exchanges, events, performances... Read more

Thursday, 09 February 2012
(Arts & Culture)
Christening  CRIPA by LOVE
Just before his departure Marc Vella honored us with his last concert in Auroville, and first concert at CRIPA Hall in Kalabhumi. How strongly Aurovilians grown to fond of him was very much obvious not only by the numbers but also by respectful and loving attitude of the audience. Marc who shares his music and love with gentleness and utmost respect invited for that afternoon some of the performing and other artist to join him on the stage. Before leaving he assured us that his Love Caravan will start next year in Auroville. Read more

Tuesday, 07 February 2012
(Arts & Culture)
Auroville Choir at CRIPA
With the opening concert by the Auroville Choir, CRIPA - The Center for Research in the Performing Arts, opened its doors. Afsanah shortly introduced the purpose of CRIPA, which is near its completion, with the songs of the Auroville Choir led by Nuria. Sound design of CRIPA was led by Didier, and the sounds of the Auroville Choir quickly proved the quality of Didier's design. Although the Performance Hall in CRIPA is a large space, its capacity couldn't accommodate the great amount of people who wanted to listen to the opening concert. Read more

Monday, 06 February 2012
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