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(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
(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
(Education)
8th Tibet Festival Performance

A very moving performance, last Saturday night, at the Tibetan Pavilion in Auroville, was given as part of the 8th Tibet festival. TSAM (Tibetan Students Association of Madras) expressed, through traditional dance and singing, their hope for a free Tibet. The show ended with the Tibet national anthem which brought tears to my eyes, partly out of gratitude to the generosity and warmth displayed by these hobbyist dancers and singers. Such goodwill, honesty, sense of humor and commitment to the cause of their country. Forget hobbyist, I saw only the weight of the humanitarian work that they are doing. Free Tibet! Read more

Tuesday, 21 January 2014
(Arts & Culture)
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
(City Life)
Ultimate Frisbee Tournament

This weekend, the Auroville Ultimate Frisbee tournament was held. It was the first Auroville tournament where we could see the home teams playing other teams of India. For people new to the sport it was a good occasion to discover this unique game, where men and women compete alongside, in a fair-play attitude. The rules of the sport were explained and what stands out is the fact that there is no referee. Every Monday and Saturday about 40 players practice  at 4:30 PM at Certitude. Read more

Monday, 23 December 2013
(City Life)
Happy memories

Satyamayi, Chandana, Abinash, Leela, Sai, Aatman, Mira, Aarnav, Hannah, and Datchiany, are all 12 to 14 years old and students of Deepanam School intimately sharing their very happiest memories. When you are a teenager in a city composed of 45 nationalities, in which language do you remember your inner stories? Are you sure this memory belongs to you only? And how deep does human unity run? Find out in this "sound painting" of memories, a workshop offered by Lilaloka: lilalokaproject.blogspot.in (Thanks to Mahavir and Bhakti, Deepanam teachers) Read more

Tuesday, 15 October 2013
(Education)
New Colors Masala Stage

New Colors is a learning and social support center for underprivileged children living in and around Edayanchavdy. Nikadass, alias Kumar, opened it in 2002. He was born in Auroville on March 9, 1979 and is an Udavi School Grade 3 teacher of Sports, Tamil and additional subjects. In 2006 Kumar married Israeli native Renana. They live together in the village. Renana has a high school diploma in agricultural geography and economics, a degree in civil engineering, and a degree in architectural and interior design engineering. Read more

Monday, 14 October 2013
(Arts & Culture)
Le Corbeau et le Renard
Maître Corbeau, sur un arbre perché, Tenait en son bec un fromage. Maître Renard, par l'odeur alléché, Lui tint à peu près ce langage : Et bonjour, Monsieur du Corbeau, Que vous êtes joli ! que vous me semblez beau ! Sans mentir, si votre ramage Se rapporte à votre plumage, Vous êtes le Phénix des hôtes de ces bois. À ces mots le Corbeau ne se sent pas de joie, Et pour montrer sa belle voix,... Read more

Thursday, 25 July 2013
(City Life)
Jean``s experiences
We are here on our 3rd week of community service because we are the first year student of Future school and we decided to interview each other on how the past two week of community service went. Jean has worked the first week at Nandanam and he explains how it went and how he worked there and what he did with the children. His second choice was food link, and he tells what he did at food link, and explains a little bit about how Food Link works and what is Food Link. Read more

Monday, 22 July 2013
(Environment)
Special Education Centre
At Ilaignarkal Education Centre near Verite we had a chance to interview Aandh sir a teacher and an educator at the centre. The main thing is that people who comes there are non educated but now the students are well educated and they are in a good and comfortable work . They are teaching the students without any contribution. They don't have any structured subjects such as other schools but they try to provide to a student what he needs. Students are mostly coming from nearby villages. Read more

Thursday, 18 July 2013
(News)
A.C.C.D. and IDs
At 4pm at SAWCHU in Bharat Nivas, Pavilion of Indian Culture in International Zone open platform on Entry with agenda-How do we implement the changes required to simplify the Entry Process? In today's news we are featuring interview with Ponnusamy on Additional Current Consumption Deposit, done by Zasha, Rajeev and Felix; and one with Aurora from Auroville Foundation on issuing ID cards for Aurovilians by Subathra and Zidane. On Wednesday we can participate at General Meeting on Meeting Recordings initiated by Paul Vincent, facilitated by RAS. Read more

Monday, 15 July 2013
(News)
Schools Reopened
After two months summer holidays are over for children of Auroville since schools reopened their doors. In today's news we're featuring interview with Felix and Zasha who have chosen to to the community service within Future School program for first year at AVRadio. Rajeev has also joined the team. On Wednesday at 4.30pm at Unity PAvilion in International Zone is a General Meeting to discuss recent incidents of violence in the Auroville area. On Thursday 11th at 4pm at Joy Guest House - Invitation for "Hearing the Newcomers" Read more

Monday, 08 July 2013
(Arts & Culture)
Much Ado About Nothing
..by William Shakespeare, and brought to us by students of Last School on past Friday and Saturday. Yes, it was a night of Shakespeare, laughter, friends and families under the starlight in the amphitheater of the Last School. Story with its plot is more or less known: two love stories, humor, mischief, conspiracy, and yet ends with two marriages in satisfaction of all parties involved. Despite that director has chosen to stick to the expression of Shakespearian English, all actors proved their ability and maturity in performing. Read more

Sunday, 28 April 2013
(News)
Collaboration of Residents
Tonight at SVARAM at 7.30pm is the Last Full moon Concert of Yemadas and Svaram Team. "Much Ado about Nothing" a performance by Last School Students Friday, April 26th and Saturday, April 27th at 7pm at Last School Amphitheater On Saturday at 7pm at Pitanga original songs by Jivatman with guitar accompaniment. On Wednesday 1st of May at SAWCHU important community meeting following the General Meeting of March 20 concerning the WC impasse. All Aurovilians are invited to come together to create and define an open, co-operative space, Read more

Thursday, 25 April 2013
(City Life)
Youth Choir
On Sunday afternoon at CRIPA in Kalabhumi the atmosphere was filled with joyful noises of excited children, parents and friends. The Youth Choir led by Nuria and accompanied on piano by Matthew has shared with the community some popular songs chosen from some well known movies for children. The young audience was captivated and spellbound by the sound-track Cirlce of Life from the movie Lion King performed by the twenty-one members of the choir. Read more

Thursday, 18 April 2013
(Arts & Culture)
Trojan in Auroville
A computer virus? A PC worm?? Not, this time real Trojan walked the soil of Auroville! The 6th grade students of Transition School performed one of the most famous events of the Greek mythology, the Trojan war. Gods, swords, kings, princess and a horse-unicorn is the recipe of the well attended play. The classic Greek tragedy is turned in an modern novel with mobile phones and rock songs. This choice made accessible the roots of the western culture to kids and teenagers. May be not a very classical interpretation but for sure we all had fun. Read more

Friday, 12 April 2013
(Education)
Lilaloka takes form
The project of Lilaloka, 'the place to play' in Sanskrit, was founded thanks to the determination of five women with educational background. Neither school nor airy center or nursery, Lilaloka goes further, offering a new educational approach centered on the joy and the game. The future center will offer various activities for all children, promoting self-learning and avoiding the competition and judgment. Yvelise, one of the project holder, explain the meaning and the organization of Lilaloka. Contact: lilaloka@auroville.org.in Read more

Tuesday, 09 April 2013
(Education)
Lilaloka prend forme
Le projet de Lilaloka, 'l'endroit pour jouer" en Sanscrit, a vu le jour grace a la determination d'une poignee de femmes issues du milieu educatif. Ni ecole, ni centre aere, ni garderie, Lilaloka va plus loin, en offrant une nouvelle approche educationnelle centree sur la joie et le jeu. Le futur centre proposera des activites a tous les enfants, en favorisant l'auto apprentissage et en banissant la competition et le jugement. Sandrine, l'une des creatrices, nous eclaire sur le fonctionnement de Lilaloka. Contact : lilaloka@auroville.org.in Read more

Friday, 05 April 2013
(City Life)
Youth concerned by accessibility
Susmita, the producer of the documentary 'Sometimes I can fly' about accessibility, organized a talk with the teenagers of Future School and Alex, the Italian fellow in a wheel chair of the movie. After watching the documentary, the students seemed very interested by the topic and asked many questions, not only about how to make accessibility in Auroville but also about Alex's travels in India. They're very impressed by his courage. They even took pictures with him as a star, exchanged phone number and suggested to organize a dinner with him ! Read more

Tuesday, 02 April 2013
(City Life)
First Auroville Athletics Meet
Last Sunday was a sporty day for Aurovillians! The first Auroville Athletics Meet took place at Dehashakti Sports Complex, next to Dana. Around 50 people registered, mainly teenagers of the school and their sport teacher. From 8 in the morning, they practised 100 m race, 800 m race and long jump before a good breakfast. At 5 pm, a fun race was organized with the feet linked together. Despite of the lack of participants, Rajeev, one of the coordinator, was satisfied of the enthusiam of youngers. He hopes that more adults will join next time. Read more

Thursday, 28 March 2013
(News)
South African Jazz on Sunday
In today's news we are featuring Jesse announcing Sorcery at Sea, a musical which we can see tomorrow and Saturday at 8pm at Sri Aurobindo Auditorium, Bharat Nivas, Pavilion of Indian Culture in International Zone. Sunday the auditorium at 7.30pm will host The New South Africa Jazz Collective presented by Indian Council for Cultural Relations in collaboration of Auroville Foundation. On Sunday at 5pm at unity Pavilion German Pavilion presents Der Anfang vom Ende (play by Kafka und Beckett) with Thomas and Nikolaus Deutsch. Read more

Thursday, 21 March 2013
(Arts & Culture)
Physical Demonstration at UDAVI
A beautiful Thursday afternoon could be spent at UDAVI school at the Football grounds watching the pupils perform dances and other physical movements included elements of Yoga asanas. All three sections - kindergarten, new building and main section - were represented and each one had their own teachers who have been practicing with them for at least 3 months. The children presented highly motivated as well as joyful and enthused the group by their spirits. Each year UDAVI school has a demonstration. Read more

Friday, 25 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
(Education)
Be true not violent
This is a peace program for children, youth and adults, about how they can solve their conflicts peacefully. This is for creating awareness at every age in order to create peaceful surroundings.Be True Not Violent is a violence prevention programme for schools and social institutions. The curriculum is structured in a way so that it can be used internationally: for children in trouble spots, in developing countries and also in a daily environment in the western context.It was written by Rita Erben, Astrid Kummer and Emanuele Scanziani. Read more

Tuesday, 15 January 2013
(Environment)
Cyclone Alert
Listen in to interviews with Punnuswami (Auroville Electrical Service), Srinivasamurthy (Auroville Foundation) and Daniel (the Working Committee) regarding the Cyclone Alert. After Auroville's experience with cyclone Thane, less than one year ago, it seems the residents of Auroville are more conscious and prepared for wind and rain disrupting normal life. Here is a link to the website with cyclone updates: www.imd.gov.in/section/nhac/dynamic/cwind.pdf Read more

Tuesday, 30 October 2012
(Environment)
WasteLess - Garbology 101
Inspired after very positive responses form the community, and especially children, after Liter Free Auroville in 2010, which had engage practically the whole community to all day long event aiming toward raising awareness on waste treatment in Auroville, new activity WasteLess launched on Saturday Garbology 101. New curriculum as a result of several months long interactive work of WasteLess team - Chandrah, Mari, Ribhu and Vimal with students and teachers of three schools comes as an educational box with guide book and many interactive tools Read more

Sunday, 19 August 2012
(Education)
Community service 2012 kids
We have interviewed five students who have been doing the community service this year. The community service is a program thats run by Future school. In this program the first year students have to do three weeks of participating in three Auroville units and services. The idea of community service is for the children to have some experience working in Auroville units and not getting paid!!! While interviewing these children we realized that most of them liked this experience and found it useful. Read more

Friday, 27 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)
Thoughts on Auroville education.
Mr Aryadeep, working in the town hall at "Land Resource Management", and is in charge of buying or exchanging land for Auroville. He also talks about the children education here in AV. Then comes a really short interview of Tamar, a teacher at ''Teaching Learning Community'', talks about what she thinks of Auroville life and education. Finally, a little talk with Otto, here since more than two decades gives his thoughts on, again, the education of Auroville's children. Read more

Friday, 13 July 2012
(Education)
Joan`s Grace at Transition

I just went to Transition School to make a short interview of Joan. He is the ATB class teacher ( Awareness Through the Body ). He talks about his time in this school as a teacher. and also a bit about his life unrelated to school work. He began working in Transition School in 1992 in the month of July, which means it has been exactly twenty years now! He is considered the an important teacher in Transition by the students and it would be terrible if he was to leave Transition School.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012
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