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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
Un bus parte nel mezzo del pomeriggio per andar al Depaam festival a Thiruvannamalai. Ma cos'e' il Deepam festival? Vivi ascoltando le mie esperienze e sensazioni questa via crucis tutta all'indiana. Una lunga marcia intervallata tra un buon chai e un succo Ital bevuti nel ciglio di questo fiume di gente che scorre senza freno rincorrendo la buona sorte.
Sunday, 06 December 2009
(Arts & Culture)
On Saturday the 14 November at the Gallery Square Circle in Kala Kendra ,an exhibition of Tamil artist Anbazhagan was inaugurated. The event started with a short performance by the Mohanam Sound crew. Thoorigai is the title of the artist's opus which is symbolically focused on his own world and life. Thoorigai translates roughly In English as 'Journey Toward Colorful Soil'. Anbazhagan's work is mostly oil on canvas; the rich textures of India can be clearly seen from the soil to the tools and ornaments of daily life, from people in their normal activities, to vast symbolism. The interview with Anbazhagan is in Tamil.
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
(Arts & Culture)
On on 15th August local villages around Auroville joyfully celebrated Indian independence day, an anniversary which fell on Sri Arobindo's 137th birth anniversary. One of the neighboring villages located very close to Auroville's greenbelt, called Kottakarai, participated enthusiastically in this unique celebration. Accordingly, women's groups from the village in conjunction with school students organized sports and other activities to encourage people from the village to get involved. Sudhakar interviewed some Tamil participants who were involved in these events, and AurovilleRadio has happily uploaded this program for everyone to hear.
Saturday, 07 November 2009
Last Saturday in the small village Rayapettai in the Auroville bioregion people gathered for a special event – introduction of Village Mapping Project with Google Earth. Amazing, and maybe hard to imagine but Rayapettai is on the map of the world on net! The aim of the project which started in spring was to contribute to the cultural and social revitalization of the region, and improve rural development. The project was introduced to the villagers with huge map made by Village Mapping Project team, and a children's play, which told us about Google Earth on its own way. Now Rayapettai exists on the map of the whole world! Would any of other villages follow that great example? Read more
Wednesday, 14 October 2009
(Arts & Culture)
Last full moon on Saturday night was more in the spirit of cultural events than regular parties, although also the latest weren't missed. Bharat Nivas was witnessing the annual Mirra Women's Group performance. Mirra Womens Group are not only gathering women for different helping needs and supports, but also are very much active on the field of artistic expressions. From musical recitals, singing we slowly came to the most explosive part of that night – to some south Indian folk dances. Audience was supportive all the way with it constant hum in the background, but when girls started to dance, we heard a real excitement amongst the crowd. Don't dare to doubt that some of them joined garba dance afterward in nearby Sawchu.
Wednesday, 07 October 2009
Private Land inside Auroville is a burning issue. While plans for the future city are being made, private land owners are pursuing their own plans. The tree cutting in the land near Certitude is a visible reminder of this gap. The land was flattened and is being offered for sale. AurovilleRadio tries to shed some light on what is happening there. Interviews with land owners and Jesse from the Auroville Council give two different perspectives on the subject.
Friday, 18 September 2009
(Arts & Culture)
Without doubt Ganesh is one of the most popular deities in India, and all over the world. Either for his kindness and qualities of a god who's beneficiary in many cases or because of his interesting and cuddly figure of full belly being with elephant head and four arms... however, Lord Shree Ganesh is a god of knowledge and the remover of obstacles. He is worshiped or at least remembered in the beginning of any auspicious performance for blessings and auspiciousness. He has four hands, elephant's head and a big belly. His vehicle is a tiny mouse. A unique combination of his elephant like head and a quick moving tiny mouse vehicle represents tremendous wisdom, intelligence and presence of mind.
Saturday, 22 August 2009
Mohanam Marutham panpattu maiyathin Mudalam Aandu Niraivu vizha 13. 8. 2009 Andru Alankuppam Villiattu thidalil enithey Nadaipettrathu. Kadantha Oru varudankalaka Mohanam Marutham Siruvarkal karttu vantha (Kollattam, thappatam, Silambattam, Nattupura Nadanam, Nadakam, bharathanatiyam, padal) Kalaikalai vizha Medaiyil velipadulthinargal Ivvizhavirkku pettrorkal Anaivarum Kalanthu kondu, thankal Siruvarkalin thiramaiyinai paratinarkal. Melum Avarkalin Kalachara pariMattrathai parthavudan Kirama Samuthayam Valara Ethu oru Mun udaranamaka Amainthathu. Kirama pura Siruvarkalukku Ivvizha Thankal thiramiyai velipadutha oru Nalla Vaippaka Irunthathu. Ithu mathiriyana Kalai Nikazhichikal kirama makkalai ondru Servatharkku Oru Nalla palamaka Irunthathu.
Thursday, 20 August 2009
Mohanan Cultural Center prepared last Sunday presentation in Alankuppam of DVD, which was taken of on 26th of February in Visitors Center at their show of Dances of the World – which was done by common efforts of children, youngster and Albinca. Mohanam Cultural Center is trying to be a bridge between the traditional and the modern, is a place where can local children and others find form of art in which they would like to express themselves.
Thursday, 23 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
Meenakshi, the poet from the nursery. Her life is dedicated to poetry, Tamil culture and children. For young Auroville workers and school drop-outs, she runs an unusual program since she came here some 33 years ago. She published countless poems. In this interview, Meenakshi presents her educational and literary work; she shares especially her enthusiasm for the richness and beauty of tamil language.
Wednesday, 27 May 2009
“Village Action Group” is taking care of more than 50 villages around Auroville. This organization, which combines Aurovilians and salaried employees, tries to help villagers (especially women and youth) to organize themselves into self-help groups, for personal and economical development (micro-credit) and village development (micro-project). Other activities also supported by Village Action are education, sports, culture, health, ecology… Anbu has worked for 20 years in AVAG; he now directs its activities under a trust of “Village Action Group”.
Wednesday, 20 May 2009
(Arts & Culture)
“My name is Swamynathan. I studied in Kanchipuram, but I came to the village of Irumbai to work in the temple there, which is actually our family temple. I have been working there for the past four years performing puja. Irumbai temple is a very ancient one. It is said that long ago Thirunanna Sambanther came to this temple, singing a song regarding Kaduvali. In front of the temple there's a Banyan tree, where he had sat in meditation, as for the past year there had been no rain. During that time his only food was the leaves of the Banyan tree.”
Monday, 27 April 2009
Here some words by Sunder who is in process to apply as New Comer. “I am Sunder from Edayanchavady. I work at Buddha Garden, doing animal care; there are many different things to take care for. Right now I work as a volunteer. I am interested in most of the things I do and love working with animals. I start early morning, around 6 o'clock and work until 9 a.m. It means doing farming in the morning and afterwards I start animal care around 10 a.m. I feel farm work is an important thing in the life. I have done my BBA and after that I got a job in Auroville... so I'm happy to work in Auroville and would like offer fully to Auroville.”
Friday, 20 March 2009
Have you ever wondered how people party in the village? Tuesday, February 24th marked the end of a nearly week-long festival in honor of the Hindu Goddess Kali. AurovilleRadio attended the festivities of the final evening in the village of Alankupam and caught glimpses of a Tamil festival atmosphere. Play the following selection to learn about the Goddess Kali and hear an interview with Vika asking Shaktivel, a local resident, to explain how the festival unfolds.
mp3/2009_02_24_magazine_kali_festival_english_lite.mp3 Also, click READ MORE to see photos from the event. Read more
Thursday, 12 March 2009
Would you like to save money, eat less, feel better, and help the environment all at once? A new revolution in eating, the raw food diet may lead you to do all of this and more. This edition of Towards Sustainability will delve into inner as well as outer sustainability. Are you familiar with Prana: the life force? According to Anandi, Prana is most available to humans in raw food. Listen to the following interview with Anandi from KOFPU to learn more about the benefits of raw food, her personal journey, and upcoming workshops so you can learn to cook and eat raw as well. “You are what you eat!”
Saturday, 21 February 2009
Last Tuesday His Holiness the Dalai Lama visited Auroville for the third time since 1973, this time to inaugurate the newly completed Pavilion of Tibetan Culture. Prior to his public address he made a brief visit to Matrimandir, accompanied by a small entourage of monks and security guards. Approximately 3,000 people, including school children, sat quietly to listen to him speak on the of theme ‘Human Unity and Universal Responsibility.' At the completion of his talk the Dalai Lama responded to a number of questions from the audience.
Thursday, 22 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
(Arts & Culture)
Golus last day is saraswathy pooja. 9 days we pray to ambal. By praying to God this way we get sakthi in ourselves. On the 10 day it is iyida pooja which is for iyadam (weapons). Only in indian culture we pray with weapons, and cows. We thank the cows and weapons because we use them for our uses. We make Golu a interesting day for kids by tell stories and placing dolls shaped like god on shelves. We give prasadam to people.
Wednesday, 10 December 2008
(Arts & Culture)
In a rainy day of the end of November Prahlad Tipanya came to reunite 70 Aurovilians in an improvised choir to sing Kabir. Kabir, the mystic poet, openly criticized all sects and gave a new direction to the Indian philosophy. This is due to his straight forward approach that has a universal appeal. It is for this reason that Kabir is held in high esteem all over the world. Aurovilians were happy to celebrate singing this unifying poetry.
Tuesday, 09 December 2008
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
Everyone was warmly invited to Thamarai on the evening of 23rd October. The children of Thamarai community centre, Edayanchavadi, were sharing with us the songs they love to sing, along with Anicca, Tiago, Jivan and Sangara. They even recorded a CD which will travel and be sung by children all around the world. It was an unforgettable evening, with an unbelievable amount of energy in the air.
Thursday, 13 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
Bharat Nivas Group organized a food festival called 'Paratha Wali Gully' at Kala Kendra from 29-31 August, 2008. Rangeeta Murada, chef and restauranteur who lives in Pondicherry initiated the idea and managed the kitchen. Some 300 people tasted her parathas over the 3 days and the festival was very successful. She speaks about parathas, the festival, her background and future plans.
Thursday, 18 September 2008
(Arts & Culture)
Puja is an ancient Indian habitual practice that people from villages surrounding Auroville still continue in their daily lives. One can learn with two local Indian women, Zerina and Harini, from Life Education Center (located in Kotakarai) how people here in Tamil Nadul perform their consecrations, which day is dedicated to each god, and the annual rhythm of the pujas. One can dip into this village custom by asking for a CD copy. You can also listen to the beginning of the interview (just click the logo play).
Monday, 25 August 2008
(Arts & Culture)
Here is part of the story of the Siva Temple in Irumbai, according to the people's knowledge: It was built approximately 1400 years ago and people have been worshipping at this Siva Temple for the last eight generations. One of the many stories about how this temple came to be; once there was a Maharishi who meditated for many years and suddenly the land became dry, many animals died. The village people wondered what had happened. They discovered that through the Maharishi's meditation, drought had come to the land.
Sunday, 17 August 2008
(Arts & Culture)
Between June and July Auroville's surrounding villages commemorate their annual Temple Festival. This time of happiness, gathering and celebration can last from 2 to 21 days depending on the size of the village. All of these festivals share common faith, gods (Mariamma, Ganesh, Shiva...), ornamentation of flowers, music and women wearing brand new sarees as they cook pongal around the temple. One can dip in the village festivals by asking a CD at the radio or sending an email here . You can also listen to the beginning of the interview (just click the logo play). View photos by clicking on 'READ MORE'. Read more
Wednesday, 23 July 2008