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Tag: Tamil Ordering
(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
(Arts & Culture)

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
(Arts & Culture)
Kadirvel - Fusion Natureband

Last Friday night, a great musical event was held in Cripa, Kalabhumi: Kadirvel and his intrumental Fusion Natureband.  Accompanied by Sriram on Yuva Veena and by Manikandavan on Thavil, Kadirvel delighted us with their performance. The trio was quite incredible and the hand drum showed an extraordinary ability to create a state of euphoria. It induces a trance that helps to release anger. A real feeling of community, unity and well being was tangible. Kadir is the world record holder for playing Ghatam (South Indian pot) continuously for 26 hours. Read more

Saturday, 28 December 2013
(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
(Arts & Culture)
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
Fire, Light, Music

On Saturday and Sunday "Discoveries of Fire" will be performed by 11 Auroville Youth, at 8pm, Visitor Centre. Written by the youth themselves, the performance, through spinning of fire and light, tells the tale of the voyage of fire throughout the history of humanity. At Sri Aurobindo Auditorium, Bharat Nivas, Pavilion of Indian Culture (International Zone), also on Saturday at 8pm, we are invited to see and listen to the Amayama band from Spain. A workshop on the theme of Siddhi Day, under the auspices of the Tamil Heritage Centre and the Arulvavzhi Training Centre, will take place, at 10am to 1pm at SAWCHU, Bharat Nivas. Read more

Thursday, 21 November 2013
Bioregion Tour - Join us!

Discover the uncontaminated villages of Munnur and Perumukkal. Take a walk in the village of Munnur. See clay pots being formed and fired by the road side. Visit a family of potters who will offer you snacks and show you around their home-based workshop. Climb the rocks to reach the sacred temple of Perumukkal, built in the 12th Century by the inhabitants of the village. Perhaps even ask the Goddess for prosperity and her protection. Read more

Friday, 08 November 2013
(Arts & Culture)
Lights, firecrackers & fun

Pop!! Bang!! Whooo!! Boom!!! That's fireworks at work... Bang! Whoosh!! Crackle! Wizz!! Swirl! Whistle! Flash... Burst... Sputter! Hiss!! Whizz!!! Listen to kids running as parents watch them enjoy the event in a relaxed mood. It was a beautiful night with Aurovilians and guest gathering together waiting to enjoy the concert at Bharat Nivas Auditorium. Diwali is one of the most important festivals of the year and it is usually celebrated by families performing traditional activities together in their homes. Read more

Sunday, 03 November 2013
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)
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 - Sustainable Development
The SEDAB project (Sustainable Enterprise Development in the Auroville Bioregion) is a collaborative initiative of several units in Auroville to work with villages toward sustainable livelihoods. The enterprises set up under SEDAB are diverse, from herbal medicine production to natural building, snake venom extraction, tailoring, and more - but what they have in common is care for the environment and the people living there. A at Unity Pavilion led by Alain and Joss described the history, vision, and impact of the project. Read more

Tuesday, 27 August 2013
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
Happy Tamil New Year
In today's news we are featuring an excerpt of yesterday's General Meeting on Auroville Water Maintenance Service. On Saturday, 13th of April at 7.00pm at the Sri Aurobindo Auditorium, Bharat Nivas, Pavilion of indian Culture in International Zone we are cordially invited for the cultural program to celebrate Tamil New Year. LIVE MUSIC & DANCE at Kalabhumi also on Saturday from 8pm onward with Anna Taj, Rolf, Edo, Inga, Piter, Pierre, Robert and Arthur. Next Earth Day meeting- Saturday 4:30 PM at Visitor Centre at Marc's Cafe. Read more

Thursday, 11 April 2013
(Arts & Culture)
KAMBA Literary Festival
All was invited to participate in the Literary Festival of Kamba Ramayana on 31st March 2013 Sunday at Bharat Nivas, Auroville. A whole day full of lectures, discussions, music, dance and theater lead by great scholars and reputed personalities to address our students, staff and public from Auroville region. This event was organized by the Tamil Heritage Centre to celebrate the Kamba Literary Festival. Kamba lived almost 1000 years ago during the Chola dynasty from the centre part of Tamil Nadu and wrote Ramayana in Tamil. Read more

Tuesday, 02 April 2013
(City Life)
Open day in Life Education Center
Life Education Center (LEC), located in Kottakarai, it's a personal growth center for young Tamil women from the villages around. Created in 1991, it gives them the opportunity to learn English and many other skills like tailoring and be aware of their body and to feel worthy as a women. Last Saturday was the open day at LEC. Many girls were there, dressing their most beautiful sari, surrounded by their teachers. During this event, Zerina, Harini, Bhuvana Sundari, Krupa, Devi, Susmita and the mime Drupad explained their own experiences at LEC. Read more

Tuesday, 26 March 2013
(Arts & Culture)
Homage to Thyagaraja
Bharat Nivas, the Pavilion of India, holded the homage to Thyagaraja. It started two years back with the beginning of Telugu Samskriti Kendramu. This year the homage started in the morning with a procession with chantings from the gate of Unity Pavilion. At SAWCHU started the traditional musical homage of Thyagaraja kritis by the Auroville students, teachers and professional musicians. Songs of other composers where also offered in the spirit of devotion of the event. Shri N. Bala Baskar, Secretary, Auroville Foundation was the chief guest. Read more

Wednesday, 13 February 2013
12 Qualities at LEC
Life Education Center (LEC) is an Auroville outreach school, providing vocational training and counseling to empower semi-educated girls from the nearby villages since 1991. In this interview, the students and some LEC teachers share personal reflections and experiences by each focusing on one of the qualities in the Mother's symbol. Paralleled in a collective visual art piece, there is also a sample of the daily chanting at LEC at the end of the session. The following are the individual names and the qualities/aspects which they explored: Read more

Friday, 18 January 2013
(Arts & Culture)
Remembering the Tsunami 2004

This program was recorded by Daniel exactly one year afte the Tsunami struck the Auroville's beach communities. Sri Ma, Repos, Quiet and other settlements were devastated by the killer wave but luckily no residents of Auroville or guests were injured. In the nearby villages the fate was very different: many villagers lost their life and almost all the villages along the cost lost boats and fishing nets. In this interviews you'll hear the voices of Aurovilians from Israel, US, Argentina, France, UK, The Netherland and India. Read more

Wednesday, 26 December 2012
(Arts & Culture)
Seraphina Arumugam Dance
Last Wednesday the 12-12-12 at Bharat Nivas Auditorium Auroville, Bharata Natyam School (Rasika) presented the Bharata Natyam Preformance (South Indian classical dance with musicians). Seraphina presented "The Rainbow Dancer", accompanied by Srimati Shanty Rayapoulle on Nattuvangam, Sri Isai Ma Mani A.Susairaj on Vocal, Sri Kalai Gnana Mani Thirumundi S. Arun on Mrdangam, and Sri Shri Ratna T. Sreenivasan on Violin. They explored the divine colours and their existence to part on the rainbow path towards the Lord's heart ! Read more

Friday, 14 December 2012
Grabage, Images and music
Saturday at 4.30 pm at SAWCHU in International Zone Mirra Women's Group is organizing a workshop about "The Mother by Sri Aurobindo" & The Sunlit path, The workshop led by Mr. Rajagopalan, and the talk will be in Tamil. Tamil Heritage Centre Team is inviting the community to celebrate Dasara festival at Ilaignarkal Education Centre every day until 24th. INVITATION to Act - Collective Priorities & Values meeting on Tuesday 23rd at 4.30pm at Unity Pavilion in International Zone. Outreach Media informs the community on Imaging Database project. Read more

Thursday, 18 October 2012
Hunger Strike Against Bullying
Today's news features an excerpt of the interview with Jan about his hunger strike to stand up to the bullying in Auroville. He began the hunger strike in direct response to the issue that happened at Svaram last week. In other news, there is currently a cultural show at the Tamil Heritage Center each evening from 4 to 6:30pm. See photos for illustrations of the issue, and to listen to the full interview with Jan, click this link:

Wednesday, 17 October 2012
Panchayat at Town Hall

Wednesday meeting of the leaders(panchayat) of villages in the Auroville neighborhood tried to raise awareness of local population on what Auroville stands for - from the beginning to today. Recording is in Tamil, and you can find Tamil text here. Read more

Friday, 15 June 2012
(Arts & Culture)
Sufi for Kabir: Abdul Ghani Trio
The Sufi singers Abdul Ghani, Ajah Maideen and Saburmaideen Babha Sabeer (Vocals and Rabahna percussion in the Qawwali style) from the Nagore Dargah usually perform at religious and social ceremonies at their sufi shrine in coastal Tamil Nadu. They recorded the song Ya Allah for Laya project movies and the album Nagore sessions for EarthSync. - - - - - - - Read more

Tuesday, 17 April 2012
(Arts & Culture)
Blues Kabir: Bindhu & Vedanth
In the sports ground of Edayanchavadi village Bindhu Malini and Vedanth Bharadwaj were performing live, with Folk-Blues acoustic set, the Kabir's poetry. They sang all the songs in Tamil language: Mira's song, To remember God , Mira's Bajan's song, Maya a Fraud, Sattle Sound of Universe. Bindhu's husband Vasu Vikshi also jumped on stage to play and sing with humor about Kabir in the contemporary contest and the Kaveri River's song. - - - - Read more

Tuesday, 17 April 2012
(City Life)
Children`s Theatre Workshop

Last Saturday in SAWCHU in Bharat Nivas, the international children's theatre workshop on Tagore literature took place. Mainly given in Tamil, its purpose was to let the children from the villages around Auroville share knowledge, work together and feel as one. And not just the children, but the teachers and some experts in theatre and education as well. The day, facilitated by Dr. Velu Saravanan, consisted of reciting poems and songs, theatre classes and as finale, a small play performed by the children. Read more

Monday, 26 March 2012
(Arts & Culture)
It`s Pongal time!
Pongal is one of the longest festivals of Tamils. It is celebrated from the14th to the 17th of January and it honors a new harvest season. It is considered as a good omen and it is an occasion to rejoice with friends, family and neighbors. In Hindu Culture, the Tamil Month of Thai brings good fortune to everyone, or as the Tamils say: "Thai piranthaal Vazhi Pirakkum" which means "the beginning of Thai provides ways for new opportunities". I guess we all need new, enriching and fertile opportunities, so happy Pongal to each of you. Read more

Tuesday, 18 January 2011
(Arts & Culture)
Rajani Gayathri - Carnatic Vocal

Ranjani and Gayatri perform their well appreciated carnatic melodies at the Adishakti Theater for the 2011 Soorya Festival of Pondicherry. - Ranjani and Gayatri are among the few carnatic musicians who have achieved a high level of success in both vocal and violin music. After more than a decade as successful violinists, the sisters' foray into vocal music has brought them instant recognition and wide acclaim. The sisters started giving vocal concerts in 1997, and within three years, won high praise from discerning critics and music lovers all over the globe. -

Saturday, 15 January 2011
(Arts & Culture)
Priyadarshini Govind

Priyadarshini Govind enchants the audience with her bharathnatyam performance at the Adishakti theater for the 2011 Soorya Festival event.  A graduate in commerce from the University of Madras, Chennai, Priyadarsini holds a diploma in Mass Communication, but Bharatanatyam has been her first love ever since she was six.Tall and slim, this Chennai based dancer is a delight to watch, the strong lines of her dance brought alive by a quality of abhinaya, nothing short of being in a class of its own.Intense and naturally talented, her special interest remains abhinaya: 'I think it's beautiful and I was trained in a particular style that gives a lot of emphasis on it'. Read more

Friday, 14 January 2011
(Arts & Culture)
Le chant des possibles
We walked along together for a while. We went to some places through Tamil Nadu meeting Indian people and culture. We asked them to sing a little song just like that. Discover India through their voices: at a local market, then harvesting in a rice field, or at Pour Tous Auroville supermarket, inside a church for Easter and finally walking among mountains in Kodaikanal.


Monday, 12 April 2010
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