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(Arts & Culture)
The Madwoman of Chaillot

A poetic satire and a romantic comedy, the drama by French dramatist Jean Giraudoux, written in 1943, was put on the stage of the Sri Aurobindo Auditorium, Bharat Nivas, Pavilion of Indian Culture in the International Zone, by Ellen. Excellent acting by Afsaneh, Anandamayi, Charu, Daniel, Dodo, Elke, Emanuele, Francois, Ingo, Jeff, Lyle, Mirco, Paul, Samvit, Simone, Veronique, Yuval and guests Asia, Tejas, and Kalou under Trinity coaching. Costumes were made by Agnes, Jean managed the lights, and Julia and Swaha the make up. Read more

Sunday, 02 February 2014
(Arts & Culture)
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
(Education)
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
(City Life)
Extra ”Fair Extraordinaire”

The "Fair Extraordinaire" at the Youth Centre was indeed extraordinary. The YC team and volunteers made sure that one of the most favored social festivals of the Auroville calendar will remain as such. In addition to regular activities a lot of new nooks and corners, especially catering to to children, had been added. A long list of vendors, a new pizza oven, homebred Auroville bands and Bollywood dancers, made sure that each person could find suitable entertainment. The Cake Competition, and a lot of music were especially appreciated. A mix of sounds recorded at the fair follows. Read more

Sunday, 29 December 2013
(Arts & Culture)
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
(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
(Spirituality)
Vedanta Today

Yesterday, Dr. Karan Singh, Chairman of the Governing Board, gave a talk 'Vedanta Today'. Professor Manoj Das of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram presided in the beautifully decorated Sri Aurobindo Auditorium, Bharat Nivas, and introduced Dr. Singh to the audience. Dr. Karan Singh mentioned the origin of, the different aspects of, and the relevance of Vedanta in the world today. Vedanta follows the Veda and completes it. The Upanishads are its fundamental elements. Read more

Friday, 08 November 2013
(Environment)
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)
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
(Arts & Culture)
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
(Arts & Culture)
Amazing Sound Ride
Iman Das displayed his vocal repertoire of genres such as Hindustani classical music, Ghazals and bhajans and he simply enchanted the audience by playing the harmonium and the other string instrument (rudra veena?) with effortless ease. He is a brilliant young talent who also knows how to keep the audience entertained. The undeniably excellent tabla man strikes an awesome rhythmic synchronicity with Iman. On the whole Iman accompanied by the table player and lady on fine harmonium takes you on a magic carpet ride to the source of sound and ... Read more

Monday, 29 July 2013
(Arts & Culture)
Performance de danse
Vendredi, le Visitor's Center etait le theatre d'un magnifique spectacle de danse. Des danseurs de Pondichery et d'Auroville avaient decide de celebrer la femme a travers la danse. On retrouvait notamment Ana et Tiago, professeurs de danse africaine a Windarra, et Tejas, professeur d Odissi a Felicity. La performance a attire un large public. Tango, Salsa, Bollywood : il y en avait pour tous les gouts ! Fleur, danseuse contemporaine et organisatrice, nous expliquait avant son show l'objectif de ce rassemblement de talents. Read more

Tuesday, 02 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
(Arts & Culture)
Russian bells for full moon
On Wednesday, for the full moon, Vera, an Aurovillian women from Belarus, played traditional Russian bells at Repos' beach. Many people are listening to the concert, sitting next to her or on the beach, to enjoy even better this meditation in front of the moon. While the moon rose in the sky, with her magical colors, the sound of the bells was in perfect harmony with the waves of the Ocean. After the concert, the public shared a delicious Russian dinner with the soup called borch, salad, pancake and chocolate dessert in a friendly atmosphere. Read more

Saturday, 30 March 2013
(Arts & Culture)
Festival of colors at Upasana
Like every year, Upasana Design Studio celebrated Holi, the Colors Festival, on Wednesday 27th of March. In the North of India, it's New Year, but everywhere else it's also the beginning of summer. As soon as the guests arrived in Upasana, organizers and other participants threw on them colored powder. They even stopped motor bike on the road to make them join this joyful moment, full of harmless colors and laughter. People shared snack together, listened to music and danced in the garden. At the end of the afternoon, they even threw water ! Read more

Friday, 29 March 2013
(Arts & Culture)
Indian Classical Vocal Concert
At Pitanga (Auroville) on Monday 25th of March 2013 students of Nandita Di Di performed their annual Indian Classical Vocal Concert. The warm ambiance, the beautiful flower arrangements and the quality of the chosen songs has made the hour of the performance worth to remember. Most of the composition comes from the classical Indian tradition but some were composed by Nandita Di Di. Singers were accompanied by Debhashis Das on tabla and the harmonium was played by the teacher herself. The audience appreciated very much the event. Read more

Wednesday, 27 March 2013
(Arts & Culture)
La culture Tibetaine a Auroville
Journaliste et historien, Claude Arpi vit en Inde depuis plus de 30 ans dans la cité internationale d'Auroville où il est directeur du Pavillon Tibétain. Il a consacré ces vingt-cinq dernières années à l’étude approfondie de la culture du Tibet. Dans cette interview Claude nous presente le pavillon de la culture tibétaine et revient sur quelques fait historiques de ce pays et de ce peuple qui a perdu son territoire. Aujourd'hui la culture tibétaine existe grace à la diaspora tibétaine et la profonde synpathie de nombreux citoyens du monde. Read more

Monday, 11 March 2013
(Arts & Culture)
Our Theatre with Prelude
With Jill - member of Auroville Theatre Group, Chankaya - a writer and director of Prelud and Vivek - an actor we were trying to find out what has triggered for Prelude to come on the stage. On solo performance, where we can see how society does define one's life, the team was working more than a year, and it was a true collaboration in creative process. The main conflict of the character lies in the relationship between the mother and son, where she represents home, religious and moral backgrounds and he tries to brake those in secrecy. Read more

Saturday, 09 March 2013
(Health)
A Heart Opened to the Divine
Tyler Carson, a volunteer at Village Action Group, has came to Auroville in the group of twelve as their part of intership of the study on integrative energy healing. Their study in Seattle is a three years program design to incorporate teachings from India(Vedic system), China(meridian system) and North American Native tradition in order for students to know how to use the universal energy in order to promote healing in the body. Tyler is working on sound healing by allowing his heart to be open to the Divine while making the music. Read more

Wednesday, 06 March 2013
(Arts & Culture)
Classical Music: Abhisek Lahiri

One of the youngest President Award Winning “A” Grade’ Sarod artiste of All India Radio & National Television- Kolkata, Abhisek has won the hearts of discerning audiences worldwide with his maturity, depth & perfection already at the age of 28. Abhisek was initiated in Sarod at an early age of 6 & trained under the tutelage of his father as well as Guru, eminent Sarod player Pt. Alok Lahiri & becoming one of his premier disciples. Read more

Monday, 04 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
(Arts & Culture)
Sungpil Yang & Jaeseung Sin
Sungpil Yang was born in Daegu, South Korea. Since he was very young he had a deep affinity with Korean traditional music. His interest lead him to study music seriously for Daegeum – Korean Bamboo flute. He holds a Master’s degree with a major in Music Education from Youngnam University, Doctoral degree with a major in Musicology from Keimyung University in Daegu, Korea. He completed the performer’s course of an important intangible cultural asset no. 45. He has performed solo recitals ten times and released four solo albums. Read more

Saturday, 12 January 2013
(Arts & Culture)
Ustad F. Wasifuddin Dagar
Renowned Dhrupad Singer Ustad Faiyaz Wasifuddin Dagar represents the twentieth unbroken generation of musicians of the Dagar family. He is the nephew and son of Dagar Brothers (Ud. N.Zahiruddin & Ud. N.Faiyazuddin). He brought Dhrupad to the world music scene with his CD recorded for UNESCO, that is considering including Dhrupad in the list of World Intangible Heritage. He has performed at several prestigious venues around the world. President of the Dhrupad Society, he is dedicated to preserving Dhrupad in its purity. Read more

Saturday, 12 January 2013
(Arts & Culture)
Kalapini Komkali
Kalapini Komkali is an Indian Classical vocalist of the younger generation with wholly original music which is melodious and extremely rich. She is daughter and student of the legendary vocalist late Kumar Gandharva. At Pitanga last night she was accompanied by Shri Sanjay Deshpande, a leading table player form Pune, India. He has been trained under two great table Maestros Taalyogi Pandit Suresh Talwalkar and Ustad Alla Rakha Khan saheb. On harmonium was Lakshmi Santra. Read more

Monday, 31 December 2012
(Arts & Culture)
Bla Bla - South Korea
When the year comes around the community wouldn't be the same if it wouldn't be for the Christmas fair at Youth Center. A dedicated team of Tree House and Youth Center community with many volunteers have put lots of effort in this year's one. Many activities, stalls,corners...and of course the stage with its program rocking from early afternoon hours. Visiting South Korean students from Traveling School with their mentor Sonny shared traditional music of South Korea with the community with impressive beats, and the unique sound of the gong. Read more

Sunday, 23 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
(Arts & Culture)
Ganesha Chaturthi Celebration
Ganesha Chaturthi also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi, also called Vinayagar in Tamil Nadu, is the Hindu festival celebrated on the occasion of birthday of Lord Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati, who is believed to bestow his presence on earth for all his devotees in the duration of this festival. Here's the recording of the celebration happened in a small Ganesha temple nearby Auroville. Nandita Di with her armonium conducted a choir composed by children aged between 8 and 10 and adults. Debasish Dass accompanied on tabla. Read more

Wednesday, 19 September 2012
(Arts & Culture)
Smt Bombay Jayashree

Matri Arpanam - a once in a Blue Moon(*) happening. 30th August 2012. As twilight descended over the Park of Unity the candles around the stage became brighter while the fragrance of jasmine and tuberose from the flower decoration wafted ever stronger in the air. The marvel and wonder, however was the beautiful moon that hung in the sky like the quiet blessing of the Universal Mother who consented to make the evening as beautiful as possible for Her children who came to experience this special evening at the amphitheater of the Matrimandir. Read more

Tuesday, 04 September 2012
(Arts & Culture)
Kabir 1st day - Mooralala Marwada
Mooralala Marwada is the seventh generation musician in his family , from Janana village of Kutch, he belongs to the Meghwal community and sings bhajans and kafis. Sindhi Sufi poet Shah Abdul Bhita poetry has been preserved and carried forward by only a few families of Kutch and Moora Lala is carrying the flame of his poetry in his music. www.youtube.com/watch?v=nv9_3MW_nJA - www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcI_6ToTuhY -/www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNWqe-xS1AU&feature=related -www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-fridayreview/article913667.ece - Read more

Thursday, 30 August 2012
(Arts & Culture)
Magic Mukhtyar Ali for Kabir
Mukhtyar Ali represents the 26th generation of Mirasi Sufi singer from Bikaner and blends the Rajasthani folk idiom with refined classicism, singing the poetry of Kabir, Mira and other Sufi poets as Bulleh Shah. His performances in Auroville were very fascinating. Through the Kabir project, Mukhtiar was spotted by world music circuits and made his Europe debut in July 2007. - www.youtube.com/watch?v=nADkPKUYxtw&feature=related - www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Bxcy2eY_NM&feature=related - www.aurovilleperformingsarts.com - www.kabirproject.org Read more

Wednesday, 29 August 2012
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