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Tag: Singing Ordering
(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
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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
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Concert of Pelva Naik

Auroville Radio was present to immortalize the magic sounds, the beautiful moments of a musical meditation, last Saturday at Bharat Nivas. Enjoy the depth of sounds and let yourself merge into the vibes of Pelva and musicians' divine sphere of beauty and relaxation. The great singer Pelva Naik is a young and forthcoming artist of her generation. She has been trained by the late Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar Saheb, of the eminent Dagar Gharana of Dhrupad music. Read more

Friday, 24 January 2014
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
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
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In a play based on the epic Ramayana, Ravana kidnaps Sita, the wife of Rama, and so Hanuman comes to help find Sita in Lanka, surrounded by the Ocean. The drama was shown in a different, shorter version for the audience to see  the battle between Rama and Ravana. In the battle Indrajit’s, son of Ravanan, kills Lakshmana, brother of Rama, and other soldiers. During the war Hanuman goes to carry the mountain of Sanjivi, full of medicinal plants which will bring death back to life. Read more

Monday, 20 January 2014
10 years, Live Music

On Saturday at 8pm, there will be live music with Nuria, Matt, Martin, Mishko, and Rahul offering Catalan-Spanish Songs at Cripa. On the same day, at 9am, Drupad is giving a 24hr non stop Mime Performance in the Sacred Grove Community. It ends on Sunday January 4th at 9am. On Saturday, Sadhana Forest kicks off its 10th Birthday celebrations, at 1pm. They start with workshops for children and end on Sunday morning. As of Saturday 8pm, there will be Kabir music performed by acclaimed musicians, all night. It is a free event, even providing shuttle buses from and to the Solar Kitchen throughout the day and night. Read more

Thursday, 02 January 2014
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Swaha`s  Blues Band

The sun was still blazing on the Youth Centre traditional Christmas fair, this year named "Fair Extraordinaire", when Swaha and her excellent Blues Band took over the stage. Their passion for blues was shared with an excited audience. Later on, in a different set with a more acoustic band, Swaha proved that soul, too, is close to her heart. The fair was in full swing with numerous activities for the young, younger and youngest also, who were tempted with some delicious foods and goodies. Read more

Sunday, 29 December 2013
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Suryan, Margarita, Krishna...

The excellently amazing and charming voice of Suryan merged with the equally mesmerizing voice of young Italian volunteer Margarita, who has managed to become famous in the community over the past few months. They nailed the audience to attentive listening, dwelling into known and less known songs. Krishna with Francoise, with Tamil party, managed to bring laughter, while Francoise, together with a violinist, took us on a different path and to another space. The "Fair Extraordinaire" , the traditional Youth Centre Christmas Fair was slowly coming to an end. Read more

Sunday, 29 December 2013
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Rock`n`Roll for the End

The "Fair Extraordinaire" was concluded with Amrit's Rock'n'Roll Band. With some delays, the fair came to a successful end with solid rock'n'roll and interesting lyrics. All those who had been waiting rather patiently into the late hours of the night were thrilled and compelled to join the band in dancing in front of the stage. Read more

Sunday, 29 December 2013
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Twiglight Beats: Devotional Songs

Finally, last Saturday night the "Twilight Beats Concert" originally scheduled for November 16th but postponed due to weather conditions was held at Cripa (Kalabhumi). Four artists performed Raga Pushpanjali and Tamil devotional songs on Mother and Sri Aurobindo. The audience was been captivated by the warm voice of Sam Terris (Miresh) and the spiritual and joyful, deep and yet accessible music. Sam also offered two seasonal Christmas songs. At the end of the concert the public rewarded the musicians with a very long applause to show their appreciation. Read more

Monday, 23 December 2013
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Awakening of Christmass Light

On the Sunday morning of December 15th, a very special performance by and for the children of Auroville was given at Cripa, Kalabhumi: Awakening of Christmas Light. The very wrong spirit and his consort Evilina played a terrible trick on all the kids, freezing the Great North and locking away all the presents that were meant for the children. To melt the ice there was but one way: perform to the best. And this is exactly what the children did. The audience was charmed by all the talent. Pianists, singers, poets, dancers, acrobats... Read more

Tuesday, 17 December 2013
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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
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Barhat Nivas presents Viraj Amar

On Saturday night, Bharat Nivas presented a promising artist, Viraj Amar, as part of Auroville Diwali festivities. Amars systematic training, from a very tender age, has left her very well prepared for the disciplined world of classical music, and her talents have clearly bloomed under the guidance of her Gurus: Smt. Manju Mehta for Sitar and Pandit Vilas Rao Khandekar & Smt. Rupande Shah for classical Vocal Music. At present, she is the foremost pupil of her the illustrious Pt. Rajan - Sajan Mishra, the acknowledged maestros of the Benaras Gharana ( Read more

Monday, 04 November 2013
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Singing From The Heart
Yesterday late afternoon in Svedame, the Buterfly barn had the privilege to host Upahar Anand, for a single session. Upahar, originally from the UK, lives in Tiruvannamalai, site of Ramana Maharshi ashram, sacred mount Arunachala and a town of spiritual pilgrimage. He is an accomplished and experienced multi-instrumentalist, adept on harmonium, guitar, drum, vocals and flute. He has an extensive repertoire of chants and songs. Please enjoy his powerful Kirtan. Read more

Tuesday, 29 October 2013
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A Lo Latino

Last Friday at the Unity Pavilion (International Zone), a  Columbian Band shared music from their continent with the community. It was an amazing evening with the 13 musicians displaying some rhythms likely not before known in Auroville, such as vallenato, merengue and cuban song, along with Colombian salsa and Latin rock. That we all  understand the universal language of music, and that we all enjoy letting our bodies vibrate and swing to it, was proved the numerous people in attendance. The salsa dancers especially had a good time, and we all hope to have more of this kind of music in the future. Read more

Tuesday, 29 October 2013
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Genius Classik Stuff

It comes as no surprise that the Visitor Centre was packed last night. Why? The Genius Brothers and their Academic show "Classik Stuff", of course, and the fact that not many  would dare to miss it. Genius Brothers have, already for years, through the use of metaphorical language and humour, served up some truths. At times unmerciful, they hardly skip any area concerning our lives in Auroville, in order to expose some of the problems that bother most of us, yet providing the frame of humor, we are given the option to shift focus to a lighter point... as we go on searching for meaning in this crazy town Read more

Saturday, 26 October 2013
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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
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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
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Day 2 at the Singing Festival

The second day of the Singing Festival, again well attended, started earlier than the previous evening. Jimbo, as the night before, was behind the microphone, entertaining the audience and filling gaps in-between the numbers of the 15 crews of the evening. Singers, although representing nations, were unified when it came to certain songs, and to singing itself. The Singing Festival clearly showed that there are many talents in the community, and that a wish to socialize beyond normal formal frames exists. Read more

Friday, 11 October 2013
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Singing Festival Day 1

Minsun, Joy, and Gumsoon organized the first Auroville Singing Festival. At the amphitheater of Kalabhumi singers from 25 different nations performed their repertoire. Aged from 3 years old to over 70, the singers selected some of the most beloved folk and traditional songs from their nations. The Latin American team really rocked the show... and Margarita, well know in Auroville for her scientific researches on Effective Microorganisms, will from now on be also very much appreciated for her incredible energy on stage! Read more

Wednesday, 09 October 2013
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AV Women Sound Artist Project

This is a sound recording made by a group of women in Auroville. It has been sent in as an entrant for Soundphiles, a new section introduced in the IAWRT Asian Women’s Film Festival, to be held in New Delhi in March 2014. The theme for Soundphiles is “Many Echoes, Many Worlds”. If this sound recording is selected, the news will be relayed in December 2013… Read more

Wednesday, 09 October 2013

Jesse is announcing INIKI MALARKEY, NALAKI ANARCHY, a new kids play. Tomorrow evening at 8pm at Kalabhumi we can witness the hare-brained madness that is Miraculous Production's latest foray into crazy nonsense with a cast of 36 children. We are also invited to a Singing Festival - Community Sings on Saturday evening from 7.30 to 9pm and on Sunday from 5 to 7.30pm, at the same space, Kalabhumi (CRIPA in case of rain). It has 130 participants originating from 24 countries. On Monday at 10am at Unity Pavilion: Renewable Energy ... seminar. Read more

Thursday, 03 October 2013
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Anna and Rolf at AVFF13

For the last night of the Auroville Film Festival 13, as part of the closing and awards giving ceremony, the social part, with live music, was still going strong. A high-spirited audience had a chance to listen to Anna Taj and Rolf. They had been announced a couple times before but canceled due to rain and other circumstances. Finally, they brought to the space some soft jazz, classical music and songs from Anna's first Album Golden Heart. Francoise joined them for the last piece.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013
Talk on Vedanta
Tomorrow and on Wednesday at Cinema Paradiso in Town Hall at 5pm The French Pavilion presents Talk on Vedanta "Living the Vision of Oneness" The Upanishads and the Gita by Neema Majmudar. At Sri Aurobindo Auditorium, Bharat Nivas, Pavilion of Indian Culture in International Zone on Saturday we are invited to The Auroville Variety Show - Part I . A community sings on 4th October Saturday 7~9.30 pm / 5th Sunday 5~7.30 pm Kalabhumi (in case of rain CRIPA) at SINGING FESTIVAL 130 there would be 130 participants, from 25 countries! Read more

Monday, 23 September 2013
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Second music night films festival

The second night of the third Auroville Film Festival 13 took place yesterday at Town Hall, and begun with a short rain fall that led to reorganization of the stage, little delay in the music program and the cancelation of few artists originally scheduled. Nevertheless, the audience had the pleasure to listen, while having dinner from Pour Tous and coffee and sweets from Mark, to Joska and her band, then it was time for Jivatman and his solo vocal and guitar show. He was followed by the Russian band of Kvitka, Dusha, and friends. Read more

Thursday, 19 September 2013
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Appel - Invocations
Joy and Holger celebrated the release of their CD "Appel: Invocations in Sanskrit and French" with a gathering and live performance at Unity Pavilion. Joy's voice and Holger's violin were layered on top of musical arrangements from the finished tracks. Holger shared of their creative process: "Normally the music is done first and then one sings something on it, but this recording is done in the reverse way. I recorded Joy totally solo, as she was used to singing at home. And then I created around those vocals the music afterwards". Read more

Wednesday, 04 September 2013
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Trovodores in August
At this sitting of Los Trovodores, ad-hoc minstrels of the community, Anandi brought copies of some of the first poetry collections published in Auroville. She read a poem dedicated to Anna Maria and told of their friendship in the old days. Chitra read a poem in Tamil, written by Meenakshi, based on a letter by Sri Aurobindo written after Mrinalini's passing. Aran recited an ancient Hebrew song, and later sang "Shir Lamaalot" with Mayaan, Tamar and Gal. Susanna read a Spanish translation of a poem by Sri Aurobindo. Read more

Sunday, 01 September 2013
SEDAB, Matrimandir
Today at 4pm at Unity Pavilion in International Zone the community is invited to a Presentation on SEDAB - The 'Sustainable Enterprise Development in Auroville Bio-region' . On Wednesday at 4.30pm also at UP in IZ RAS invites us to a 2nd GM on Matrimandir Executive Selection. Today at 5 PM at Quiet IKAROMA Introspective Music Recital with Caroline. Tomorrow at 5pm Trovadores at Dreamers’ Café, Visitors’ Centre Poetry and Music in English, Spanish, French, Italian, Tamil, Arabic, Russian, Portuguese... Free bone density test on 29th at AVHC. Read more

Monday, 26 August 2013
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A tribute to Anna Maria
To celebrate the opening of a display of Anna Maria's paintings at Unity Pavilion, Carla on voice and Pushkar on keyboard performed a selection of Arie Antiche songs. Here listen to beautiful renditions of (1) "Amarilli" by Guilio Caccini, (2) "Sebben, crudele" by Antonio Caldara, (3) "Sento nel core" by Alessandro Scarlatti, (4) "Se tu m'ami" by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, and (5) "Caro mio ben" by Guiseppe Giordani. Anna Maria's paintings are on display until August 25, and proceeds from sales go to support the Italian Pavilion. Read more

Friday, 16 August 2013
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