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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
For the english magazine of today, a talk about Aurovilles present and future with Tixon. A young Indian, born in Auroville, who tells us how he found his way to Auroville and what made him come back after finishing his school in England. He talks about both: the positive influences of western culture, as well as the positive influences of the surounding villages, giving their piece to the diversity of Auroville. To listen to the whole Interview, you can click here.
Wednesday, 03 December 2008
Sathyamurthy and Anbu are from Ediyanchavadi. They both work at Thamarai in the role of social worker. Sathyamurthy also works at the Botanical Garden as an environmental teacher. He explains Thamarai's activities: what they are doing for the people, children and adults. Nearly one hundred children attend, learning different classes such as dance, drama, yoga, pottery, sports, mathematics, and so on. Kathy and Bridget are the two main persons who started Thamarai in Edaiyanchavadi; they have worked hard to develop its activities.
Tuesday, 25 November 2008
C'era una volta all'inizio degli anni ottanta un gruppo di ragazzi venuti da ogni parte del mondo che decise di abitare alcuni villaggi abbandonati nell'Appenino pistoiese. Decisi a condurred una vita diversa questi lettori di Tolkien decisero di chiamare la loro comunita' La valle degli Elfi. Peikko, nostro ospite oggi, e' nato e vissuto la' senza elettricita' ne' televisione, ma oggi… Potete ascoltare l'intervista cliccando sul logo play o scaricare l'intervista cliccando sotto.
Friday, 21 November 2008
En plus de la vingtaine d'élèves scolarisés à Deepanam School, depuis quelques mois, l'école compte desormais dans ses rangs quelques serpents, lézards et autres bestioles, pour le plus grand plaisir des enfants. Dans le laboratoire créé par Rajiv, les enfants défilent pour prendre soin de leurs nouveaux camarades. L'occasion aussi d'en apprendre un peu plus sur les animaux qui peuplent les alentours d'Auroville.
Monday, 17 November 2008
An interview with Ally, Melissa and Erin - three students of the Living Routes program at the College Guest House. They talk about how long they have been in Auroville, the kind of work they have been doing during their stay here and how popular such programs are in The United States. They also talk about some of the difficulties they have encountered, some of the positive things they have seen and the ideas and memories they will take back home with them.
Wednesday, 05 November 2008
Raji, from Alankuppam, is a member of the Sri Aurobindo Women's Group. This five year old group is part of Village Action. Their work includes public social work such as helping people clean their village and helping children who attend night school in their village. They receive advice or help as needed from the Village Action Group as well as attending the meeting in village action monthly. They come from several different villages: Kottakkari, Pudhupakkam and Allankuppam, all members of the Village Action Group. Initially they began with one group and increased in number, expanding creatively what they do with the recycled paper.
Saturday, 01 November 2008
Seenuvasan, living in the village Irumbai, presently works in an employment profit-fund office in Auroville. He first came to Auroville in 1989 working in construction at Matrimandir. The following year he found work at Bharat Nivas as an editing assistant in the Secretary's office. Sreenevasan has also worked evenings at Ilaigarkal School. He appreciates that many tourists come here as well as villagers, for the peace and harmony offered in a place like Auroville.
Monday, 13 October 2008
Last Sunday, the French Pavilion presented a documentary on Auroville produced in 1972 by Jean-Pierre Elkabbach. This 118 minute documentary, broadcast on French channel "ORTF" in 1973 shows what Auroville was like then: a few houses in a red desert, some school facilities like Last School, the Pyramids and the Yogurt Pots, and of course Matrimandir under construction. After the projection, some Aurovilians felt inspired to discus about this period and their impression after 35 years. You can listen the intervention of Claire, Monique, Shraddhavan and Mallika by clicking on the logo PLAY or download here.
Tuesday, 23 September 2008
The University of Human Unity is an attempt to create in Auroville an integral approach to higher education.Rod, a long time aurovilian who was present at the inauguration ceremony in 1968, has a long practice in education.He is one of the founders of UHU.You can check the site www.universityofhumanunity.org
Tuesday, 17 June 2008
Renu: half Indian, half Swedish, raised by a German stepfather, has returned to Auroville... Renu came home six years ago, after fourteen years spent abroad. What is the difference between today's Auroville and the Auroville of her childhood in the late sixties, early seventies? Renu currently lives in a mango field in Forecomers; she is the mother of two children (a daughter and a son) who have American passports. To listen to the interview click on the logo play.
Tuesday, 20 May 2008
This week there is no Tamil program but there is a sweet and interesting interview: from the Auroville kids who took part in a summer carving workshop. To name a few, there were Aris, Perceval, Eden, Bharathy, Mia plus many more. All the children ranged between 5 and 10 years old. Incidentally, during a heat wave the body has to work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature. Excessive heat can result in serious health threats by pushing the human body beyond its limits, so sit back and listen to the program. To listen to the interview click on the logo play.
Saturday, 17 May 2008
Cette semaine pour le magazine francais, nous diffusons l'interview d'une famille pas comme les autres. Marie-Odile et Eric avaient une passion: les voyages. Lorsqu'ils se rencontrent, impossible pour eux de lâcher leur sac à dos. Avec leur deux enfants âgés aujoud'hui de 7 et 11 ans, ils parcourent le monde. Cette année ils ont décidé de poser leur sacs à Auroville pour une année scolaire. Téléchargez leur interview en cliquant sur le logo play.
Thursday, 01 May 2008