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(Arts & Culture)
Guitar Concert by Carl Bernstein

Last Saturday, the 15th of May Carl Bernstein gave a concert at the Bharat Nivas Auditorium. Carl Bernstein was born in Detroit, Michigan, USA. At the age of sixteen he concentrated his attention on the guitar and later studied with some of the world's most renowned guitarists. He has performed at many locations in the United States and has been a guitar teacher for over 40 years. The artist performs music in many styles including classical, improvisational, popular and original compositions. Here you can listen to the whole concert.

Saturday, 22 May 2010
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Music for a Viennese Salon
On 8th of April at Cultural Center in Pitanga we had a great opportunity to hear for the first time on this continent an original and old instrument csakan, originated from Hungary. Natalie Houtman and Raphael Collignon searched trough old partitures to find the pieces composed for it. Most of the compositions are form the first half of the 19th century, and we heard Kraehmer, Gebauer, Schubert, Strauss, Farbach and Mozart. Two compositions were accompanied by Puducherry Flute Quartet. Technical perfection at playing instruments and choice of musical pieces were able to carry us back in time. Read more

Thursday, 29 April 2010
Adhi speaks about Botanical Garden

Adhi, born in Edayanchavadi, works in the Botanical Garden, which aims to educate people about local plants and how they remain green even in the dry conditions. He has introduced the use of native species in Auroville rather than exotic plants which need lots of water and maintenance. Local children from 150 government schools in the region come to the botanical garden and are taught about the nursery and alternative energy, plant trees and are encouraged to take plants home to create gardens. There are also attempts to produce and conserve seeds of native Indian vegetables – original heritage seed independent of commercial genetically-modified seed.


Tuesday, 20 April 2010
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Mental transformation to enrich daily life

The interview with tea master So-en reveals his life path, which leaded him from Denmark to India, and later to Japan, where he found his love, home...tea ceremonies. His are different because he managed to carry with him the formless from India, and applied it in them. Amongst many students he got, he witnesses mental transformation derived out of discipline and precision of tea ceremony.

He appreciates the understanding of the Aurovillians. But he also shares the problems he had noticed in Auroville during his short stay.

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Saturday, 17 April 2010
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Spirituality trough tea ceremony

In the month of Asian cultural events we had a chance to see many things, and amongst other tea masters from Japan, Taiwan, Korea and China shared their skills in the art of making tea ceremony. As Jyoti told us tea ceremonies are part of the daily life, and they hold profound meaning, with many layers, which all lead beyond the act of drinking tea, communication to the deep spiritual aspect of it. Read more


Friday, 16 April 2010
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Offering to Sri Aurobindo

Amongst other for the hundred years of Sri Aurobindo arrival to Pondicherry we had a chance to dive into meditative songs and mantras of Mohan Mistry on Wednesday 4th of April in Savitri Bhavan. The choir of eight perform offering to Sri Aurobindo by songs in Sanskrit, Hindi and Gujarati. An intimate space at Savitri Bhavan gave us an opportunity to follow and contemplate on softly sung songs. Read more


Thursday, 08 April 2010
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The African Night

For Friday 26th of March in Visitor Center Africa House from Unity Pavillion in International Zone organized first cultural exchange with African nations - African students from Tamil Nadu with Aurovillians. We had a chance to see different things from traditional African dances and music, boardwalk modeling to the newest afrobeats and original songs in rap and hip hop. Students were deeply moved by ideals of Auroville.


Thursday, 01 April 2010
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On 3rd of March we had a chance to see Rekha Tandon dance performance named A New Journey in Odissi at Bharat Nivas. Margan was a presentation of milestones on a personal journey of discovery through the medium of Odissi dance. Rekha Tandon who is a dancer and choreographer was sharing with us trough the dance and with Michael Weston lyrics and video some traditional stories from the area. It was one of really graceful and uplifting performances.


Thursday, 25 March 2010
Integral Sustainability Platform
Today's news features an interview with Alon on the Integral Sustainability Platform in Auroville. Also announced in the news is the workshop “Fate or Choice?” from March the 19th to the 20th, going deeper into the mystery of concealed dynamics and rediscovering your own choice. This Thursday at Convergence is “Learning from Nature”, including the exploration into various topics relating to the environment, ecology and perceptions of different world-views. Also on Thursday will be the “Sampradayam”, a salute to Bharata Natyam by choreographer Mallika Sarabhai at the Sri Aurobindo Auditorium at 8pm.


Wednesday, 17 March 2010
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Classical and Tango Recital

For the second time, international players duo Anna Adamik on piano, and Martin Merker on cello offered a Classical and Tango Music Recital to Auroville. After Pitanga the 9th of February, they performed at Shanta and Heinrich's Salle Auropax,in Auromodele on February the 13th. The audience traveled from Vienna (Beethoven), to Buenos Aires (Bragato, Piazzolla) and Rio de Janeiro during the 'more' (Mignone). Miss Adamik started with a piano solo, and Mr Merker came along later. See read more for full program. Read more


Friday, 12 March 2010
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JINEN is ALL, beauty in honesty

At the first glance the people tree behind Bharat Nivas on Monday evening 8th of February looked magical. Some spotlights illuminated it, and candle lights gave the border to the “stage”, where some figures were around the tree. As the music of Hiroko Komiya and Mateo with Tiago started, figures started to move. Tree spirits or wondering soul, exposing themselves in the movements which were reflections of each dancer to the given music, also evoke in audience certain feelings and thoughts. At one point one might think that all of them are just parts of one big play in which also history of the people tree, Auroville cannot be excluded.


Thursday, 25 February 2010
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National Integration Program

On Thursday the 17th of February at SAWCHU we had a chance to see a part of folk art from 120 youth who came from all over of India to participate on  National Integration Program held in Pondicherry. In about an hour long program we saw a group from the north of India with some songs and dancing, two groups from the south with dances and drumming, and boys group dancing on recorded music, and with colorful costumes.


Thursday, 25 February 2010
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Carnatic Flute Recital

On the 1st of February 2010 at the Sri Aurobindo Auditorium in Bharat Nivas, Gordon Korstange presented a Carnatic flute recital accompanied by Umayalpuram Mali (mridangam) and Sri Balasundaram (violin)."I think about the 25 years I've been learning Carnatic music. I've had to become a musician without any background in western music; have constantly felt ignorant of things Indian musicians take for granted; have constantly wondered whether my music is authentic; and have spent most of my time hidden away in my practice room with a tanpora and photos of famous singer-saints on the walls alongside those of Sri Aurobindo and Mother. Does it sound a little like doing Their Yoga in the USA? Yes, a similar sense, often, of dislocation, of gap between inner and outer lives, of manifold insecurities in the face of a materialistic culture--a culture which is us. My quavering aspiration sends flute sounds floating out on Lake Winnepasakee, but who's really listening?" - Gordon KorstangeAn excerpt from  'Collaboration - Journal of the Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, Summer 1995, Vol. 21, No. 1.



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Saturday, 20 February 2010
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Impromptu Jazz

Edmund from germany on trumpet and Aurovilans Misko on piano and Holger on violin and double bass made a memorable jazz concert on wednesday night the third of February  in Pitanga. The hall was full of people and the ambience of the hall added to created a special experience. The audience got to listen to some old jazz classic compositions by artists like Charles Mingus and Morgan Lewis. The band also played some new songs like the jazz version, of the famous song Exit Music by the pop band Radiohead, by Brad Mehldau, the song had its roots in the western classical music and appealed to all music lovers of all ages and interests.


Wednesday, 17 February 2010
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Auroville Cappella Gregoriana

Gregorian chants were echoing at Pitanga on Sunday the 14th of February. Anandamayi, Andrea, Ane, Elsa, Irene, Carl and Denis with their beautiful voices prepared an unique evening of cappella singing. Director Eugeen Liven d'Abelardo told us few things about the history of Gregorian chants, which is a functional music for liturgical use. For centuries it was passed by oral tradition, and after they start to use scriptorium to record it, but no notation, as we know today. Gregorian chant was until 1968 the official chant of the Roman church. The selection of monastic chants for that evening was mostly from 8th and 9th centuries.Click here to download the program.


Wednesday, 17 February 2010
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French Dreaming

A Western Classical Music Recital with guest artists from Switzerland: Anna Adamik, piano and Martin Merker, cello. Compositions by Gabriel Fauré, Claude Debussy, Nadia Boulanger and César Franck About the artists: Anna Adamik is a native of Budapest, Hungary. She studied at the famed Franz Liszt Conservatory under Annámaria Krause and Tamás Fulep. She continued her studies at the Musikuniversität in Vienna/Austria under Paul Badura Skoda and at the Musikhochschule Freiburg/Germany with Ramón Walter. Martin Merker was born in 1965 in Stuttgart/Germany. He studied Cello with Russian cellist Karine Georgian at the Musikhochschule Detmold in Germany, Reinhard Latzko and Ivan Monighetti at the Musikakademie Basel, Switzerland and with Lluís Claret in Barcelona. He is a prizewinner of several international chamber music competitions.


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Thursday, 11 February 2010
Auroville s`installe en Afrique

Dans le sillage d'Auroville, d'autres initiatives bourgeonnent... En pleine savane africaine, au milieu d'une végétation sahélienne clairsemée, sur des sols pauvres, voici le premier Aurovillage... Hassan est venu pour la première fois à Auroville il y a 25 ans. Après avoir passé quelques mois à Auroville, il  rentre en France pour faire une formation en pépinière et arboriculture avec l'idée en tête de revenir s'installer à Auroville. Mais le destin en a décidé autrement. En effet son chemin à croisé celui de Pierre Rabih qui à l'époque montait un projet en agro-écologie au Burkina Faso. Il passa un vingtaine d'année en Afrique de l'Ouest et créa Durant toute ces ann?


Wednesday, 10 February 2010
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Concert by Claudio Menandro

Claudio Menandro, one specialists of Brazilian music was here in Auroville. He did an well attend concert at Sri Aurobindo Auditorium in Bharath Nivas. The concert included many Brazilian Music styles including Bassa Nova, Samba and Choro. He also covered the classic Beatles song 'Yesterday' form the album 'Help!'. In read more the part 2 and 3. Read more


Saturday, 06 February 2010
Uma of Upasana

Uma's enthusiasm for the work she does is contagious. Her eye ranges far afield; she speaks about Kapas and the cotton farmers and the plight of the weavers, she continues Tsunamika with the fisher ladies, and now the waste... Uma has woven the thread of creativity utilizing the contents of the unit's waste barrels, the goal zero waste. Upasana's employees, men and women of the villages, have successfully produced usable, unique items of beauty entirely of plastic, paper and cloth waste, caught by Uma's clarity and confidence.


Monday, 01 February 2010
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In the month of Pongal from the middle of December until the middle of January is a special time for celebration which is expressed on many ways. One of them is a sacred mandala of traditional blessing, named Kolam. On Saturday 9th in Ilaignarkal Education Center Mohanam Cultural Center organized Lively Kolam Festival. Beside exhibition of Kolams in different craft work of local Tamil women, there was competition in drawing Kolam with rice flour on the floor, and huge mandala, which served as the maze for meditation – first of its kind. Kolams in South India are admired for their simplicity, beauty and all that they symbolize, and they bring blessings to homes and to the universe... For more images click READ MORE.Read more


Sunday, 10 January 2010

New Year's Eve... throat singing of Tibetan monks... 2010 candle lights... words of wisdom of Dalai Lama... yes, in Auroville is hard to imagine for that night not to go to Tibetan pavilion, where's every year tradition of lighting tea candles, as many as the coming year counts. It is a perfect time to sit down, reflect to the past year, and maybe set up hopes and wishes for the next one. Candles, many time arranged in beautiful mandalas, peaceful tranquility... and you know that everything is just right, the way it is... ohm mani pedme hum... let the peace prevail on this planet, starting with each one of us... ohm mani pedme hum....


Tuesday, 05 January 2010
Che qualcuno chiami un dottore!

Dopo aver ricevuto qualche dritta e parere su dove vivere e dove mangiare penso che tappa obbligatoria sia ora passare dal dottore. Fortunatamente ancora non caduto preda dei mal di pancia indiani che solitamente attaccano ogni straniero senza distinzioni e preferenze, Mattia si e' finto malato per andar a consultare un medico ayurveda cosi' da darvi la possibilita' di capire almeno in parte in cosa consista questo tipo di medicina.

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Saturday, 26 December 2009
Auroville Institute for Integral Health

The new integral health institute is slowly getting shape. In this presentation the health team Jocelyn B., Mallika, Mogan, Ruslan, Sumeet, and Veronica with the architects team updated all on the current state of the project. The ambitious vision of the project was presented by Ruslan and Sumeet. Alternative master plans of the building where presented by Houly, Helmut and Salaeja. The presentation was followed by a question and answers from the audience


Thursday, 17 December 2009
Thiruvannamalai, una Via Crucis Hindu

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
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Harmony, peace and unity

Second meeting of Asian Unity was held at Pitanga, and as East Asian traditions are, it started with excellent tea, and quiet conversation of arriving guests. From the first meeting in September things started to move for Asian community, and many plans are in the progress. On 17,5 acers of land in Iternational zone proposed for Asia, idea came up to sart to build at least small Tea pavillion with which they could establish Asian zone, and could been used as a place for meeting, for meditation and tea ceremonies. In Asian culture tea ceremony is important part of the culture, it's related to art in general; important part of it is spritual passage without religious projections..


Saturday, 14 November 2009
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Devotional Chant

A stunning devotional chant (Bhajans), moving, emotional, spiritual, singing the Divine names  led by Upahara and Bina from Thiruvannamalai... always a treat. Hear the music, relax and feel the love. People sung their hearts out, plenty of new faces as well as the usual crowd attended. Amazing. People clapped, people smiled, people played instruments, an environment of peace was achieved.
 Yahaloam & Pavan recorded the chant and was edited by Pavan. The recording of the event will be broadcast from Saturday 31st of November.

Thursday, 29 October 2009
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Oh what a night

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
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Unique glimpses

A very special exhibition was inaugurated in Tibetan Pavilion on sunday by three young Aurovillians. Claude, who is the driving force behind it, realized after the talk with his Holiness the Dalai Lama, that this is something he got to do, and he had to do it in a unique way. On 25 panels starting with ancient history of Tibet, which is to most of us unknown, are glimpses of Tibetan history through several millenniums. All the panels are enveloped somehow with two thangka paintings which his Holiness the Dalai Lama presented signed by him for this exhibition. Going trough all the panels and watching the two beautiful thangka paintings one remains speechless... as though all questions where answered. Read more


Monday, 05 October 2009
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Indeed the birth of a new interaction between different cultures and origins was born with Kalevala two stories we heard on the concert. And as old myths, regardless where they're from, evoke in us long forgotten memories and images, so did the music of ISIS brought to us nostalgic memories... from far, so strange, different, and yet so close to one part of us.... the other half of the concert was leading us further... sometimes playful, clean as a fresh water spring or melting snow on meadows, other times flirting with Latino rhythms with a sensual aspect of saxophone... but in all, the feeling of clearness of mind lingered in us for quite some time.


Monday, 14 September 2009
(Arts & Culture)
About the Legend of Birth

The beginning of the world is the main topic in mythological stories all around the world. Kalevala is the laragest and most well known Finnish epic poem about the origin;  theater group ISIS created a musical play entitled 'The Legend of Birth.'  In a talk with Supriya and Christopher,  it was revealed that the project's goal is to integrate the myriad  myths  on how it all began. Kalevala is one  that can compare  with the Mahabharata, with Savitri...and many others from various cultures. Could there be a more pleasant way to tell an ancient story than through music and drama?

- Interview by Chloe' -


Friday, 11 September 2009
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