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(Education)
Presentation of Inuksuk

Auroville radio was there last Sunday, to capture the peaceful moment around the Inuksuk (stone figures created by the first inhabitants of the Canadian north, the Inuit). It was built in the International zone by AVI Canada, along with Aurovilians born in Canada. A presentation of the monument and a meditation was followed by a round table to share experiences. Aurovilians, volunteers, newcomers and guests all took part, creating links between people of good will who would never have met all together otherwise, so: many thanks to Canada for such a great action for unity! Read more

Friday, 07 February 2014
(News)
One Love

In today's news we are featuring an interview with Balaji, one of the organizers of the 7th edition of the Auroville Marathon. Taking place this Sunday, February 9th, almost 3000 participants are running. Runners come from Auroville, neighbouring villages, the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and from all over India and abroad. The Marathon will start and finish at Auroville Visitor’s Centre. The Future at SAWCHU is on this Saturday at 10am, and in the evening, at 7.30pm, the French Pavilion presents Honore de Balzac at CRIPA. Also: Jazz on Sunday is at 8pm, with the Kranti Quintet, at Bharat Nivas. Read more

Thursday, 06 February 2014
(Arts & Culture)
Coincidences or Jazz

This morning, Kranti and Mike stopped by at the studio, to share some information on their up-coming concert. This Sunday, February 9th, they will play at the Sri Aurobindo Auditorium, Bharat Nivas, Pavilion of Indian Culture (International Zone) at 8pm. Both of them are currently visiting Auroville and came across some other, residing, musicians while Kranti was exhibiting her paintings on the theme of music at the Pavilion of Tibetan Culture some weeks ago. So do not miss the result of these coincidences, in the shape of some classical jazz compositions, on Sunday! Read more

Wednesday, 05 February 2014
(Arts & Culture)
Trovadores, Aurelio & Nadaprem

Last Friday, there was a peaceful multicultural art sharing with Anandi at Unity Pavilion. Poems were told through sounds and movements with music, and mime artists and lovers told stories in various ways. Nadaprem and Aurelio led a beautiful musical meditation, using a mix of soft Western-Indian harmonies. Joska took us on a trip back to medieval times, generously sharing, with his guitalele, his love of the era. Drupad joined to tell a poem through mime and poetry lovers read poetry in Tamil, Spanish, and English. We hope to see you all, as we meet again on Saturday March 1st! Read more

Tuesday, 04 February 2014
(News)
YES on Both, The Future

From the feedback regarding the Water Management Service and the priorities for the physical development of the service area, the Residents' Assembly Service registers that the community decided "Yes" on both accounts. On Saturday February the 8th at 10am to 4pm, at SAWCHU, Bharat Nivas, we are invited to "Future of Man Auroville: The Vision - Learning to be", a symposium on Aurovilians inner journey through work and how it may help towards the ‘collective realization. Also, a Swedish event tonight at the Unity Pavilion. Read more

Monday, 03 February 2014
(Arts & Culture)
The Madwoman of Chaillot

A poetic satire and a romantic comedy, the drama by French dramatist Jean Giraudoux, written in 1943, was put on the stage of the Sri Aurobindo Auditorium, Bharat Nivas, Pavilion of Indian Culture in the International Zone, by Ellen. Excellent acting by Afsaneh, Anandamayi, Charu, Daniel, Dodo, Elke, Emanuele, Francois, Ingo, Jeff, Lyle, Mirco, Paul, Samvit, Simone, Veronique, Yuval and guests Asia, Tejas, and Kalou under Trinity coaching. Costumes were made by Agnes, Jean managed the lights, and Julia and Swaha the make up. Read more

Sunday, 02 February 2014
(Arts & Culture)
World Music&Dance Vanaver Caravan

Members of Vanaver Caravan presented "EARTHBEAT - A Journey of World Music & Dance" last Thursday, January the 30th. The troupe, normally based at Hudson Valley, NY, U.S., shared their super vibes in Cripa, Kalabhumi, Auroville. Their mix of music, including old folk songs from Ireland, England, Philippines, Brazil, Israel, South Africa, Nigeria and more, performed in a spirit of tolerance, love, sincerity and family, really touched my heart. A moving troupe in movement, spreading waves of kindness, convinced me, once again, that when warmth and generosity are there, everything is. Read more

Saturday, 01 February 2014
(Arts & Culture)
Yoga of Life in Art Form

That life flows its own way was clear at yesterday's inauguration of the Drago Druskovic exhibition at Kala Kendra, Gallery Square Circle, Bharat Nivas, Pavilion of Indian Culture (International Zone). Prof. Edwin Zappa shared a story of connections between himself and his then neighbor Drago, who, when he came across Sri Aurobindo and Mother's writings was deeply moved by them. These writings greatly influenced his exploration in search of truth in art. His art itself is colorful, simple, truthful and spiritual.Read more

Saturday, 01 February 2014
(Arts & Culture)
Swaha Blues Band in PY

The 11th edition of the "Freedom Jam"’, an annual music event supported by the Department of Tourism, Government of Puducherry, was held this last weekend.  Being a part of Republic Day celebrations, it took place at three venues. Seagulls Restaurant was one place hosting Auroville musicians. Swaha Blues Band performed, with Swaha on vocal, Rolf on bass, Ingo on harmonica, Robert on drums, and Pierre and Edo on guitar. Read more

Friday, 31 January 2014
(City Life)
Protection of Auroville Land

Yesterday afternoon, a very well attended first General Meeting, to present to the community the various options identified by the Study Group, was held at the Unity Pavilion, International Zone. Recommendations for the protection of Auroville lands were given. Please do listen to what was communicated regarding the legal and non-legal options that the community is facing. As everyone can see, Auroville is being exposed to frenetic development and land protection is a crucial matter. It seems we can not afford to postpone decisions any longer. Read more

Thursday, 30 January 2014
(Education)
Interview Dr Unni Karunakara MSF

We had the great pleasure to interview humanitarian Dr. Unni Karunakara, 2010-13 International President of Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres, or MSF), fresh from a bike ride, at Aurovelo. Following his medical studies, Dr. Unni wanted to practice medicine in a different way, and therefore focused on public health, which is more about preventing disease than treating it. To him, prevention is every doctor's responsibility, and that is one of the reasons he joined MSF in 1995. That year, he set up a tuberculosis control program in Ethiopia. Read more

Thursday, 30 January 2014
(News)
Decisions, Music, Theathre

Tomorrow, Friday January 31st, a Residents' Assembly Decision-making Event takes place at the Solar Kitchen. From 10am to 4pm, one can have a say regarding a) the proposal to convert the Water Maintenance Service (WMS) to a 'true service' and b) the priorities for the physical development of the Service Area. EARTHBEAT - A Journey of World Music & Dance with Vanaver Caravan, can be enjoyed tonight at 7.30pm at Cripa,  Kalabhumi. The play "Madwomen of Chaillot" by Jean Giraudou will be on during three evenings in February, dates being 1st to 3rd. Time: 8pm, place: Sri Aurobindo Auditorium, Bharat Nivas, Pavilion of Indian Culture, International Zone. Read more

Thursday, 30 January 2014
(Education)
Presentation Unnicycles for MSF

"Unnicycles" a cycle tour across India to support Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres), with its (2010-2013) International President Dr. Unni Karunakara, was in Auroville last Wednesday. Starting from the Solar Kitchen and ending at Aurovelo, he took Aurovilian children for a ride. At Aurovelo, over delicious chocolate ice cream,  Dr. Unni told the kids the story of his great humanitarian project. They were also asking him questions about his job as a humanitarian doctor around the world. Read more

Tuesday, 28 January 2014
(Arts & Culture)
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
(News)
GM, Music and Dance

A GM to discuss options for the protection of Auroville lands is planned for Wednesday at 4.30pm, at Unity Pavilion in the International Zone. On the same day, at 8pm, we are invited to hear the Music Ensemble of Auroville at CRIPA, Kalabhumi. Chloe on flute, Holger on violin, and Nadaprem on viola will surely be giving an excellent classical performance including compositions by Beethoven, Mozart and others. In the same place, on the following day, at 7.30pm we all have the opportunity to hear and see "Earthbeat - A Journey of World Music & Dance" performed by Vanaver Caravan. Read more

Monday, 27 January 2014
(News)
NO Quorum

RAS announcement:  RA Decision Making Quorum was not reached – during the January 20th event, and feedback is needed from the Community on how to proceed on: 1. A proposed new way of selecting the Working Committee and Auroville Council; and 2. The revised mandate of The FAMC. This Saturday at 8pm at Sri Aurobindo Auditorium, Bharat Nivas, Pavilion of Indian Culture in International Zone: Come listen to The Spirit of Sufi - Qawwali. On Wednesday the 29th a General Meeting on options for the protection of Auroville land will be held at 4.30pm, at Unity Pavilion.Read more

Thursday, 23 January 2014
(Education)
NESS Auroville annual  open day

The annual open day in New Era Secondary School (NESS) was a success. Everybody was welcomed to witness the accomplishments of the 9-12th grade students during 2013. The NESS is unique in its attempt to combine Integral Education with the CBSE curriculum program, and they would like to take this opportunity to invite everyone from the community to listen to their presentations and live performances which included a variety of short skirts, dance, poetry and much more! But let's first start with the interviews. Read more

Wednesday, 22 January 2014
(Arts & Culture)
The Water Book

This story shows the unusual relationship between a little girl, Savita (played by Ahilya) from a village of India and a lovely form of the spirit of Water, Jalam (played by Jesse). He takes her and her friend Sindhu (played by Yam) on a marvelous and complex journey of his, this essential element of the earth; water. Jalam shows them the many wonders of water, explaining scientific facts and new discoveries as well as the mismanagement by humans. He also points to how harmony of the water cycle may be restored. Read more

Monday, 20 January 2014
(Environment)
Nina`s interview on her book

After her presentation at the Freeland bookshop Nina gave us a special interview on her book to explain where, how and why "Organic food marketing in urban centres of India". She is actually in Auroville working at Solitude farm to get some practical farming experience. She finds that Auroville could do with some help in order to more successfully manage to make organic food more readily available. She finds Auroville to be a great place to learn because of the amount of organic farms and the good eco system that the place offers. Read more

Monday, 20 January 2014
(News)
Voting, Spirit of Sufi, Sport

Today, from 10am to 4pm, a Residents' Assembly Decision Making Event takes place at Unity Pavilion (International Zone). On Wednesday, Dr. Karunakara, past international President of 1999 Nobel Peace Prize Recipient "Doctors Without Borders" is coming to Auroville, to cycle and to give a short presentation. On Saturday the 25th, at 8pm, we can witness The Spirit of Sufi Qawwali at Sri Aurobindo Auditorium, Bharat Nivas, Pavilion of Indian Culture, International Zone. Prepare for the February 9th AV Marathon and AVI meeting 2014, which will be held in Auroville on February 13-17th. Read more

Monday, 20 January 2014
(City Life)
GM Water Maintenance Service

Last Tuesday afternoon a well attended GM was held on the Water Maintenance Service, at the Unity Pavilion. Krishan presented a report on the WMS finances and budgeting and Wazo a proposal on the location for the new building, in the service area, as well as a structure of the global vision of the service. They also gave us a short report on the actual Auroville’ water distribution and maintenance situation. At the end of the meeting, they formulated the following questions for a Residents' Assembly Decision-Making Event, to be held soon: Read more

Thursday, 16 January 2014
(News)
Selection Process, Tango

This Saturday, we are invited, at 4pm, to the Unity Pavilion, International Zone, by Entry Service, for a brainstorming session on the different possible ways of being associated with Auroville. The heritage of Hindustani music, Dhrupad, will be sung by Pelva Naik, at 8pm, Sri Aurobindo Auditorium, Bharat Nivas, Pavilion of Indian Culture in International Zone. On the same day, the Auroville Tango group invites us with milonga, at 8.15pm, Visitor Centre. An Auroville International 2014 meeting will take place 13-17th February, and the community is invited. Read more

Wednesday, 15 January 2014
(Environment)
Organic book by Nina Osswald

Last Wednesday night, Nina Osswald, who co-authored "Organic food marketing in urban centres of India" together with Manoj K. Menon, gave us a very interesting and instructive presentation at the Freeland bookshop. Her research is based on how organic food is being marketed and sold in Indian cities. The presentation focused on key challenges and success strategies for this. Organic food is becoming more readily available in Hyderabad, Mumbai and Bangalore. Osswald is currently working on an organic farm in Auroville in order to gain some practical farming experience. Read more

Tuesday, 14 January 2014
(News)
Tibetan Dances, GM on WMS

The Residents Assembly Service invites us tomorrow at 4.30pm, to the Unity Pavilion (International Zone), for a General Meeting on the Water Maintenance Service. The Entry Service invites us on Saturday at 3pm, also to the Unity Pavilion, for a brainstorming / work session on the different possible ways of being associated with Auroville. Today, the 8th Festival of Tibetan Culture starts, at 6.45pm, at the Pavilion of Tibetan Culture (International Zone), with a film on Milarepa. Tomorrow, at 7pm, TSAM will share a Cultural Dance performance with us. Also, Happy Pongal to all, from AurovilleRadio! Read more

Monday, 13 January 2014
(Arts & Culture)
Piano improvisation

Another trip in Hartmut Von Lieres′ universe on Thursday night at Pitanga; a transportation through a mix of tonic and smooth indian, Spanish, jazz and classical European sounds. Close your eyes and let yourself enter Hartmut′s energetic and sensitive world. You might end up going to an unknown destination or imagine, through the story of his notes, the scenario of a film. Auroville Radio was there to capture the moment and we share it here with you. So enjoy the work of a virtuoso, and stay tuned for the musical story never ends. Read more

Monday, 13 January 2014
(Education)
Development Communications

In short interviews with Charles Talcott and Tanya Elder, as well as with Aurovilian Ana, we found out about some interesting presentations held this morning, at the Town Hall Multimedia Centre, by students of two universities; AUP (France) and Linneaus (Sweden). For the last six years they have come to Auroville for a "Sustainable Development Practium". Through interaction with units, services and NGOs in and around Auroville, they create practical solutions in the field of development communications. Within this intensive program students are enriched by some specific lectures and talks from Auroville. Read more

Saturday, 11 January 2014
(Arts & Culture)
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
(Arts & Culture)
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
(News)
NESS, Pop Rock, Tibet Students

Tomorrow  we are invited to Pitanga at 8pm for Spandam - a music session by Rita Jain. On Saturday a range of events: Open house of New Era Secondary School (NESS), Pop Rock concert with Anna Taj and musicians at the Visitor Centre, and a Krishna Evening at Sri Aurobindo Auditorium, Bharat Nivas, Pavilion of Indian Culture in the International Zone. Sunday sees Kolam Dance and Drawing with Grace, from 9am to 12 noon, in Douceur. On January 13-15th, the Tibetan Students Association of Madras (TSAM) and the Pavilion of Tibetan Culture invite us to the 8th Tibet Festival in Auroville.Read more

Thursday, 09 January 2014
(News)
Sadhana, Piano and Rock

In today's news we are featuring interview with Aviram recorded during the occasion of the 10th year anniversary of Sadhana Forest. On Thursday at 8pm in Pitanga we are invited to an evening piano concert with Hartmut, On Saturday, Anna Taj and musicians will offer the community a Pop Rock Concert, at 8.45pm, Visitor Centre (International Zone), and they say: come rock the Visitor Centre dance floor! Also on Saturday, from 4pm onwards, the New Era Secondary School will have an open day with presentations and performances of their 9-12th graders, welcome! Read more

Monday, 06 January 2014
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