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(Arts & Culture)
On the 10 of March a shortly announced Music Open House was performed. Kids from the 1st till the 8th grade gatherd on the Transition's school small amphiteater in the early afternoon. Parents and friends claps and enjoied the performance. The choir was conducted by Nuria and accompanied by Matt on piano and Saga on guitar. Listen and enjoy the voices of the Auroville's kids and the passionate participation of the audience.
Thursday, 11 March 2010
Living Routes is an US-American program to study abroad, focusing on issues like eco-villages and sustainable practices. The students are coming from the US to explore and practice a sustainable way of living in Auroville for three and half months. While they are here, they are involved in many different activities, such as service learning projects, community living and many more. Here is an interview with Eathan, who is one of the faculty members in the on-going semester. He explains about the program and shares his unique experiences here in Auroville.
Wednesday, 10 March 2010
On the 17th of February there was a presentation by Binu Mukherjee, an eminent scientist and a professor, which many people attended. The presentation was about his experiences of being a scientist and a spiritual person at the same time. He discussed how, unlike common feeling, his spiritual attitude complimented with the scientific view of the world. The discussion made its way into thoughts such as how application of mind on science and logic helps on finding the limitations of mind in understanding the nature. Spirituality can lead science to areas that could help life become better by making the world more safe and beautiful to live in. He stated, that since science and spirituality are in essence search for the truth they are similar and can be at some point unified...
Thursday, 25 February 2010
One of the highlights from last Friday´s Litter Free Auroville was the amazing Trashionshow. The numerous talented designers attended a workshop one week before, where they got input, material and ideas how to create fashion out of trash. The result was simply outstanding: They transformed vinyl records, juice boxes, cassette tapes, bubblewrap, rice sacks, used fashion magazines and plastic bags into creations just designed for the catwalk. The audience felt like being in Paris, Milan or New York. Here are some impressions from the Trashionshow, featuring excerpts from the show itself, pictures and reactions from the audience. Click read more to see more pictures of the show.Read more
Thursday, 04 February 2010
For the final day and last part of the Auro Olympics was the Run for the Heart on 13th of January. All the children were excited about that race for over a month, because it was postponed due to the monsoon rain from December, and that is the race nobody wants to miss it. Some children were preparing themselves for long time for it. And the final day came! Hot sunny day, but that didn't stop the ehtusiasm of maybe small by the size, but big on their will, runners. Parents and friends came to cheer them up, and the feeling of excitment was contagious. We recorded some soundscapes of the race itself and some short interviews with children and their parents..
Thursday, 04 February 2010
Se un giorno foste invitati dagli insegnanti dell'asilo di vostro figlio a visitare la scuola, cosa vi aspettereste di udire? In quale ambiente sonoro vi trovereste immersi? Quali idiomi ascotereste? Come parlerebbero gli amichetti di vostro figlio? In questa breve registrazione presentiamo un cameo sonoro di circa dieci minuti in cui i bambini e le bambine della scuola materna "Center Field Kindergarten" cantano un programma di canzoni in lingue diverse. Questo breve paesaggio sonoro e' dedicato a quei genitori interessati all'educazione delle nuove generazioni di Auroville.
Friday, 15 January 2010
Interview de Mala ancienne ashramite, qui travaille dans l'école "Le libre progrès" à New Creation. Crée en 2001 par Mala, cette école ce distingue par ses méthodes d'apprentissages hors du commun. L'espace est donné en priorité à la liberté d'expression et à la creativité pour assurer aux enfants une croissance autonome et plus motivée. Principalement dédiée aux enfants des villages, cette école permet aux enfants de progresser à leur rythme et sans examens.Pour télécharger ce programme cliquez ici.
Thursday, 14 January 2010
In this short interview Raja Ram gives us an insight of his life here in Auroville. He tells us how at a young age he got interested in Auroville because he learned a lot about the Mother and Sri Aurobindo in 'Isaiambalam' school which he attended. His aim is to help people and take Auroville to the next level. He spent two and and half years helping to develop the Distribution Center (a.k.a New Pour Tous) and is now involved with the Village Action. Interesting interview for those who understand..
Wednesday, 30 December 2009
En la entrevista de esta semana tenemos a Noemi, antropologa y experta en Pedagogia 3000, que nos habla deste tema tan importante que es el desarollo y la educación de los niños. Además nos habla del encuentro que ocurrirá en Auroville, desde el 28 de diciembre hasta el 10 de enero, que traerá personas de todos los continentes para discutir y aprofundar los conocimientos acerca de la Educación Holística.
Tuesday, 29 December 2009
How did life start on Gaia? Take a walk inside the earth's time line, starting from the first single cells, from the first plants that started photosynthesis, making possible evolution: from the dinosaur to the mammals and finally arriving to the human being. Those who do not know this will find it well presented; those who do know will find the repetition valuable, to keep it in mind, to be conscious how one's short existence inevitably influences the entire planet.
Sunday, 27 December 2009
Samrat, teacher at Center Field Kindergarten, explains the Open House organized by the teachers to show the work of the young students to the parents. Songs and dances were performed; later the parents were invited to enjoy the exhibitions in the different classrooms. The schools host 45 children from numerous countries and the integration between those different cultures starts here. Playing and learning together is the first brick in building Human Unity. The teacher also approaches in a very spontaneous manner the teachings of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.
Monday, 21 December 2009
Two weeks of athletic Auro Olympics just finished, and of course they are a bit different to how we see other Olympic games. Here they are more based on real sportsmanship. Each individual is trying his/her best to contribute to the scores of the team, and all of them are trying to exceed results from last year. The aim of Auro Olympics , which are going on now for over 15 years, is learning through competition, encouraging good will, evoking true sport spirit and respect to each other. All the children in Auroville attend the sport every afternoon, because the Mother envisaged physical development in children as essential to their spiritual growth.
Tuesday, 15 December 2009
Recently Uma (Upasana) attended a workshop in Belgium on Inner Intelligence. It is part of management training based on spiritual wisdom of eastern traditions in combination with scientific understanding. Their teaching method is exceptionally effective and unusual using techniques like archery, balancing etc. This is the recording of the presentation dated Tuesday 8th December in Town Hall Conference Hall.
Saturday, 12 December 2009
Bright, sunny, not a typical monsoon Saturday at all...And Youth Center was full of laughter, jumping, screaming, and full of children who were trying to express themselves in various workshops, from painting, sawing, theater, drumming...to baking. The results of hard working morning were on display in the afternoon, when visitors could enjoy in a small presentation – two theater plays, one done exclusively by children, the other with a little help, dancing of girls, and lively rhythms of capoeria ... In conversation with children we found out that this events are very much welcomed from the side of them, further, they're saying that those are the beautiful part of life in Auroville..MORE IMAGES by clicking READ MORE...Read more
Tuesday, 01 December 2009
On the 14th of November children will have a great opportunity to express themselves on many different ways – from drawing, to drumming, theater, to mask making, kolams and more. Different ways which serves as tools for their inner expression. The children will find the inspirational surroundings of the Youth Center. This day is national children day, so Mohanam Cultural Center and Youth Center decided to organize Auroville Children's Art Festival. Morning workshops with many materials and other ways of expression will be followed by lunch. In the afternoon an open exhibition of the children's work will be presented to parents and visitors.
Thursday, 05 November 2009
Bonjour, je suis Anne et j'enseigne le français aux enfants non francophones du 4ème grade de Transition. Ce mois-ci nous avons travaillé la description et la présentation. Etre capable de se décrire, de décrire ses vêtements, leurs couleurs, leur genre... L'an dernier, ils avaient déjà appris les vêtements et les couleurs. Nous approfondissons et révisons en introduisant les cheveux, les yeux..... Ecoutez les enfants se présenter et devinez qui est qui?
Thursday, 22 October 2009
An eminent educator, linguist, sociologist, psychologist and philosopher, Professor Chittaranjan Das spoke of his past experiences in education. He reflected on his first visit to Auroville, meeting the Mother, and other inspirational persons. To Professor Das, integral education is about attitude, it is a twofold relationship. Initially it is about special involvement in something that is yet to be presented, and secondly how one relates to children. With many problems comes progress, and in integral education progress is the peak, the goal to be reached, but it's never reached. He noted that there's always a progress where there are problems...
Sunday, 18 October 2009
(Arts & Culture)
World exclusive! flying object have been seeing flying around the Visitor Center, we spoke to a leading figure of Auroville about the situation... Click to the logo player below and listen a glimpse of the ongoing radio children workshop who took place in Deepanam school last month. In this workshop we experiment how to make an audio drama (a form of audio storytelling that depends on dialogue, music and sound effects to help the listener imagine). Hear the screams, hear the laughter, hear it all, its great!
Saturday, 17 October 2009
(Arts & Culture)
The first Auroville Film Festival opened in the presence of all whose contribution made it happen. Present were two of the judges: actor-director Revathy Menon and reporter/documentary filmmaker Gerard Perrier. Aurovilian Marco of Cinema Paradiso, initiator of the festival, presented an overview and warm thanks to all the participants. A few comments from organizers, filmmakers and spectators present in the crowd expressed their enthusiasm and delight, to see months of preparation bear fruit.Click here to view the inauguration at Town Hall, on AurovilleTV.
Thursday, 24 September 2009
Integral Education is a revolutionary concept envisioned by Sri Aurobindo. Sri Aurobindo Ashram School was the first school in India to teach computer science. In tune with this heritage, Auroville has made significant progress in education. An interdisciplinary seminar sponsored by SAIIER allowed all participants to exchange information, ideas and experiences in areas such as Experimental and exploratory approaches to learning and education, Interactive learning, home learning, classroom aids, edutainment, distance learning and more. The following is excerpt from the full length seminar. To listen to the entire presentation pass by the radio for a CD copy or contact us here.
Thursday, 10 September 2009
Multi-national, multi-lingual nature of Auroville gives its citizen and guests an extraordinary opportunity to study foreign languages and therefore helps to establish mutual understandings between cultures and to build a human unity. Language is the keeper of all learning. One learns the cultural values that unite societies in common understanding through language. A united international society depends upon the pursuit of knowledge that creates dialog and reveals shared values. Those who speak foreign languages are agents to maintain the bonds between the cultures of the languages he or she speaks. In this interview some of Aurovillian agents share how they learn foreign languages and explore the traditions of human existence.
Thursday, 06 August 2009
Maya, Srishti and Smiti will be representing Auroville at the Second International Youth Symposium on Biodiversity, in Ottawa, Canada (July 5th - 8th). They have prepared a short delivery especially for the Auroville audience. These girls have conducted a six month research in Auroville canyon areas, to explore and learn more about the local Biodiversity. They have come together to present the products of their exploration and share their unique perception of what they have perceived.
Monday, 13 July 2009
My name is Muthukumar. I was born in Kuilapalayam in a poor family and studied in a government school there until the 4th standard. In 1994 I got the chance to join the Life Education Center in Kottakarai, where I studied for the next 7 years, learning masonry and typing. Also I learned about Auroville and the works of the Mother and Sri Aurobindo. Then, after studying in Pondicherry for 2 years, I got married. My next work was at Siddhartha Farm, and in the Auroville Boutique. But I would like to work in the area of social work. Now I'm working at the cafe “le Morgan” in the city center where I am happy; I have a beautiful life in Auroville. mp3/2009_04_22_interview_muthukumar_city_center_tamil_lite.mp3&totalTime=9:55
Wednesday, 01 July 2009
Children come into this world very pure and it is up to the adults to help them stay bright without losing the contact with their souls. Kids have so much energy, naturally and from their outside world. Yoga gives them the opportunity to take a break and focus that energy inward. Savitry teaches yoga postures, deep relaxation and meditation to a new generation that can benefit and make a difference in the world. Listen to the interview about how she makes yoga understandable, accessible and fun to kids.
Wednesday, 10 June 2009
Arno Stern est le premier praticien d'éducation créatrice, une fonction qu'il a inventée au sortir de la guerre, en 1946, et qu'il continue à exercer. Dans le Closlieu (l'espace qu'il a créé pour cette activité) il a fait une extraordinaire découverte : la Formulation. Le dessin enfantin est dicté par une nécessité organique, et il s'accomplit selon des lois spécifiques qui, seules, permettent de le comprendre. Cette approche simple et profonde de l’expression picturale offre un cadre rassurant et une liberté bénéfique à qui est en difficulté ou non. Elle est compatible avec une pratique artistique mais totalement différente : les traces ne sont pas destinées à la communication et à l’approbation des autres, mais simplement accueillies « en l’état » ! Sandrine, praticienne du jeu de peindre à Auroville depuis quatre ans nous raconte son expérience... Pour télécharger l'interview cliquez ici. Read more
Saturday, 16 May 2009
Kailash Jhaveri, from the Ashram has held a talk in the Town Hall Conference Room on last Wednesday. The topics where: a general overview of the work which was done under Mothers guidance for Auroville, especially for the World University for Human Unity and for the Cultural Pavilions in the International Zone. Everyone was welcome, and it was even live broadcasted on this website. This is only an excerpt of the whole talk, if you would like , or come by the radio, and pick up a CD.
Friday, 27 March 2009
(Arts & Culture)
Lionel, ancien parisien de la porte de Vanves est constructeur de bateaux. Il est venu s'installer à Pondichéry il y a 10 ans avec sa femme Martine. Touché par le Tsunami, Lionel a décidé d'aider les pêcheurs à reconstruire leurs bateaux. Aujourd'hui il se lance dans une nouvelle aventure: celle de la construction d'une école destinée aux enfants des tribus nomades souvent oubliés par le système éducatif indien. Mais alors que fait Yves Duteil dans cette histoire? Il est tout simplement le beau frère de Lionel mais surtout; membre engagé dans cette association. De passage à Pondichérry, il en a profité pour donner un concert caritatif afin de récolter des fonds pour l'école. Nous l'avons interviewé en présence de Claude Jouen pour le Pavillon de France et d'Antonella, consultante à l'UNESCO pour l'éducation et auteur d'une thèse sur "L'éducation à la Joie dans les Ecoles d'Auroville". Read more
Saturday, 07 March 2009
On Monday morning the parents of Nandanam kindergarden kids were invited to its open house. The program ran for an hour and involved circus acts, plays, dancing and group singing by the cheerful children. They dressed up in brightly colored suits with matching painted faces. Even a unicorn was spotted among the numerous tigers! After the performance and snacks the classrooms were open for wandering through the beautiful exhibition of drawings, bags, paintings and installations. Enjoy the joyful voices captured in our short soundscape of the performances. Read more
Wednesday, 11 February 2009
The first school built in Auroville the Mother named 'Last School' as it was to be the last school of its kind, of the old way of teaching children. Located near Aspiration Community, Last School is a middle school/high school which has existed in Auroville since the year 1985. Last School students need to be self motivated, and can - if they wish - be involved in the decision-making process and changes affecting the school, since their opinion and feedback is very much respected. Recently Last School's team decided to relocate its campus to the center of Auroville.
Monday, 26 January 2009
(Arts & Culture)
Quite some time ago, on Tuesday the 23rd of December, there was a great cultural Program at Udavischool. Students from nearly all grades presented; play, dance, and singing. And once again it was showed up what great work is happening at the Udavischool project. There was English as well as French play, and Tamil as well as Sanskrit singing. And even if it is not possible to let you feel the whole energy that was in the air, here is at least the audio from this very nice performance.
Wednesday, 14 January 2009