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Solitude Farm would like to invites us for their MANGO day at Solitude on Saturday. A nice selection of organic mangos will be starting to get ripe by then and so we can make our pick. On Saturday there will be also a tour of the farm starting at 11am and after it lunch . At 9am, also this Saturday there will be the first of a number of informal training sessions that will take place on Saturdays covering their work in natural farming and permaculture, hoping to inspire people to get involved with Auroville farms or start their own gardens. This year their natural farming red rice, non-tilled and direct sown without the use of any machine, achieved a yield that was close to a good normal yield by conventional organic farming. The Tibetan Doctor will be visiting us on Saturday the 25th of June, For appointments call Kalsang at 2622401. The consultation will take place at Pavilion of Tibetan Culture at International zone. Read more

Tuesday, 21 June 2011
(Arts & Culture)
We had a rare opportunity to interview Kalki, main actress in new and unique Tamil film , done by two women - director Vijaya Padma and producer ‘Punnagai Poo' Geetha. This film brings on screen the feelings of the third sex in a realistic way. As Kalki says Love is the thing that connect us all, and for any individual the most important factor is to accept oneself, and embrace with love. During her living in Auroville she felt lots of love, and it has been a life school to her in many ways. Read more

Monday, 20 June 2011
Yahalom, Sufi Music and the Radio
Today's news offers an excerpt from an interview with Yahalom of AurovilleRadio talking a bit about his perception of Auroville and the relevance of the radio. Also hear a small excerpt of Sufi music from a recent concert of Latif Boulat and Parvathy Baul. Plus an opportunity for an important work in Auroville: collaborators sought to develop new ways to design buildings and open spaces in Auroville. Both the entire interview with Yahalom and the concert can be heard later this week. Read more

Monday, 02 May 2011
(Arts & Culture)
Parvathy Baul and Latif Bolat on Stage
It felt like the spirit of the Divine had investigated the Sri Aurobindo's Auditorium at Bharat Nivas while Latif Bolat and Parvathy Baul sang and read mystic poetry during their common concert on Saturday April 30th evening. The Sufi Scholar and Musician ended his stay at Auroville offering some talks on the history of the Sufism journey, reading contemporary poems and playing some of his compositions. To finish his play, Latif Bolat chose a song based on the "Hiroshima Poem" reminding that "mysticism is not a dry abstract something out here" but it has been involved in society, social justice and human goodness since always. Read more

Monday, 02 May 2011
(Arts & Culture)
Heart Beyond Borders
In magical atmosphere of Krtashraya the Aurodham Gardens, in front of numerous public both Latif and Parvathy took us on a spiritual journey trough music. Parvathy accompanied herself on ektara(one stringed baul instrument), duggi(clay drum) and nupur(anklet), dancing, and we could feel her voice, reaching high pitches, as it is coming from very far, and yet so close to our hearts. "Songs from the Heart Beyond Borders" was the tittle of two concerts Parvathy Baul and Latif Bolat gave to Auroville and Pondicherry audience. We couldn't look for the better conclusion of Latif Bolat visit in Auroville with hist talks and lecture on Sufi poetry,philosophy, art and music, on historical background of Turkey, and on spiritual essence of Islam.

Sunday, 01 May 2011
(Arts & Culture)
Tamil New Year Show
Almost a hundred kids have been preparing since weeks to be ready for the show on Tamil New Year evening celebration,Thursday 14th of April 2011, at the Sri Aurobindo Auditorium, Bharat Nivas, Pavilion of Indian Culture. Nine groups of children presented eleven performances to welcome the coming Tamil "Kara" year. Two devotional songs were song by children from Meera women's group and a live music was prepared by Balu for devotional purposes of the Mother to end the evening. From the backstage, few minutes before starting, performers are giving a glimpse of their presentation for this very special show. Read more

Wednesday, 20 April 2011
(Arts & Culture)
Jacky Mouvillat`s Concert

Jacky Mouvillat's acoustic concert took place on Friday evening, April 8th 2011, at Pitanga's Cultural Center. The "Stick Chapman" musician performed with the delightful French singer Anaka and the Tabla Master, Manosh Bardhan. For more than an hour, the trio graciously played, combining the innovative talent of Jacky with the harmony of the Indian Tabla rhythms, offering an elegant fusion-music moment. The occasion offered as well a chance to discover the "Stick Chapman" instrument wideness of sonorities. Captivated by Anaka's charming voice and beauty, the audience was thrilled. Read more

Tuesday, 12 April 2011
Awareness, concern and Love
Found in the forests of Auroville are the basis of the products created at Shraddanjali: flowers, leaves, seeds and seedpods. And love and appreciation for the treasures of Nature. Abha, creatrix of Shraddanjali, puts it this way: to showcase the marvelous miracles of Nature so that viewers get a different perspective, an awareness and concern for this planet is the idea, more than selling... she says that's the tiny attempt they do in their work at Shraddanjali. Those who work with her also share and foster the ideal for a win-win situation: that businesses and education on a world level will aspire to make a paradigm change, in recognizing the simplicity and beauty of Nature. Read more

Monday, 11 April 2011
(City Life)
Dispelling Myths
A peaceful gathering with a silent mediation was held at Visitors' Center on Saturday; it continued with some facts about the Indian culture, about safety in the world and in the Auroville bio-region. Auroville Health Service shared about the history of Womens' Safety Task Force, and why it needed to be established in the first place. The movement 'Taking Back the Night' started over thirty years ago to help, mostly women, overcome the escalating violence in the urban area. At present, when almost everything we thought we knew is changing with the speed of light, the pressure on humanity is tremendous. With ignorance fear comes along, and to that we all react in different ways. Expansion of the media, and its availability, with its constant flow of what humans think, serves to increase the fear as well, and out of that many respond with violence. Read more

Monday, 04 April 2011
(City Life)
Break the Silence
Take Back the Night is an event organized by Auroville Health Service and Women Safety Task Force for Saturday at 5.15 pm at Visitor Center. Aim of this event is to empower women, and others, who might live now in fear, to talk about it. Questions - Why is this happening? Why we don't talk about it" What can we do about it?...remain unanswered. With the event they would like to break the silence, they would like to start a constructive dialog about the safety issues. Due to increased number of various attacks and harassment in the area many in Auroville and in the villages live in fear. Silent gathering will be followed by some cultural program on topic and by open discussion. Read more

Thursday, 31 March 2011
Love to All Water
Today at noon all over the planet many will join the healing prayer for the water in the nuclear plants in Fukushima. Name of ceremony is :"Let's send our thoughts of love and gratitude to all water in the nuclear plants in Fukushima" and the prayer, recited with open heart and love is :"The water of Fukushima Nuclear Plant, we are sorry to make you suffer. Please forgive us. We thank you, and we love you."IN today's news we feature also an excerpt of interview with Rani and Irene about the event Take Back the Night on Saturday at 5.15 pm at Visitor Center Read more

Thursday, 31 March 2011
Made with Love
The difference is in attitude, and to run a successful business or work unit in Auroville, takes much more than just a skillful business plan of action. When you aspire for perfection, it is important to consider the people you work with. Twenty five ladies forms the expertly trained workforce of Naturellement, a unit which produces a wide variety of natural/organic fine foods; everything from Indian pickles to western style breakfast cereals. The surplus of organic fruit grown in Auroville goes into their jams, marmalades and syrups. In over twenty years of existence, always striving for excellence, the results are obvious. We know them by their Naturellement label, by the taste of their delicious starts with selecting the best ingredients, followed by high standards of hygiene. But maybe most important of all is the happy atmosphere among the women, which add the spice of dedication and love! Read more

Friday, 25 March 2011
(Arts & Culture)
Cabaret Full Moon
For the third time in this year we had a chance to admire many Auroville performing artists at Kalabhumi in the Open Stage Cabaret. Some acts were new, some old, some funny, some touched serious issues of life, some were about dance, some were theater...but all were held together by the ever engaging spirit of Jesse, the Master of Ceremonies who brought our laughter almost to the tears. As with everything else in Auroville, the Open stage Cabaret, organized and prepared by the Auroville Performing Artist group, is evolving and progressing. Each Cabaret is in better shape, and you can always feel it is done with a lot of enthusiasm and heart. Read more

Tuesday, 22 March 2011
(Arts & Culture)
Auroville Choir Sings
Last weekend the Auroville Choir performed a concert of Celtic songs at Pitanga to a packed house both Saturday and Sunday. The surprise in this particular concert was the finale; Anandi, choir member and daughter of Nuria and Joan, had composed the music for a poem by Wordsworth: romantic lyrics set to romantic, haunting music. In the very air of Pitanga was excitement as the choir members readied themselves to express the joy of singing for an audience, after much work, much practice and repetition under the skillful hands of conductor Nuria. Read more

Monday, 21 March 2011
(City Life)
Community Living
In this interview we speak with Marti, an Aurovillian who shares her views on what makes a community work. She speaks about climate change and the drastic challenges we're to face; and, how Auroville as a community is in a unique and inspiring position to help create solutions to some of the most pressing world problems. She offers insightful commentary on the complexity and beauty of living in a sustainable community. Her life experience with community has prepared her for the international political realm, where she works with the United Nations, UNESCO, and the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) as a voice for sustainable communities. Read more

Friday, 18 March 2011
(Arts & Culture)
Rencontre avec Véronique Jannot
Femme rayonnante au grand cœur, Véronique Jannot choisit résolument le bonheur: sourire en toutes circonstances est sa manière à elle de nourrir cette "graine d'éveil présente en chacun de nous,” et de transformer les épreuves, tremplins d'évolution. Profondément engagée pour la cause tibétaine, elle écrit et réalise seule son premier documentaire consacrée à ce principe féminin intangible et puissant, que les tibétains appelle « Dakini ». Pour sa seconde visite à Auroville, elle est donc venue présenter « DAKINIS, le féminin de la sagesse »: une série de portraits de femmes extraordinaires d'orient et d'occident. L'occasion de la rencontrer à son hôtel et de l'interroger sur la création de son film, le rôle de la femme aujourd'hui, sa perception d' Auroville et sur son chemin personnel vers une spiritualité libre et vivante....Interview illustré par la musique du documentaire.

Friday, 11 March 2011
100 years - Women
Dear Women, Girls of Auroville and all around the globe - Happy Women's Day! Exactly 100 years ago Suffragettes campaigned for women's right to vote, and since then that day is celebrated all over in bigger or lesser degree to that extend that some countries have a public holiday on that day. Here in Auroville we will celebrate it by dr. Tatiana, a gynecologist, who joined Kailash Clinic Team. She's offering her service from today onward on Tuesdays and Saturdays afternoon between 2 to 5 pm at Kailash Clinic. AVHS with Women's Safety Task Force will organize "Take Back the Nights” candlelit march for human rights to live, work and move in peace at all times.

Tuesday, 08 March 2011
Accessible Auroville
The news today features an interview with the Exceutive Director of Samarthyam Anjlee Agarwal and Susmita, talking about the importance of Auroville's accessibility for differently abled people, for everyone in whatever condition in which they may happen to be. Also the passing into the Light of Lucia who left her body last Friday 25th February after a road incident while returning from Rameshwaram with a group of friends. A reminder: today begins the 3-day Film Festival-Indian Panorama at Bharat Nivas, today through Sunday...for detailed information please refer to yesterday's news and/or to Auronet. And finally a call for caregivers, who are needed for Hospice work (end of life care), as well as for assisting persons recovering from illness, injury, surgery or simply elderly. Read more

Friday, 04 March 2011
The Rainbow Bridge

The Rainbow Bridge - Sri Aurobindo's Savitri as a mantra for transformation.

Under this title the second Dr. M.V. Nadkarni Memorial Lecture was given by Sonia Dyne at Savitri Bhavan on February 20, 2011. Sonia was associated with Dr. Nadkarni at the Sri Aurobindo Centre in Singpore during the time when he was teaching at the Univeristy there. In her clear voice and perfect English, she shared illuminating insights about Sri Aurobindo's poem and its significance for us, as a Rainbow Bridge that can carry us from our present state towards our higher goal. Read more

Monday, 21 February 2011
(Arts & Culture)
Rocking Soul

Saturday night, under the full moon, Visitor Centre, public just in the right mood... Anna's voice, and heart with the music of the evening, with excellent Mishko, Suresh, Pierre, Edo, Divin brought memories, brought music of some time ago, but still with a powerful presence. We heard some "classic” songs from seventies, eighties and nineties. It didn't take long for, at the beginning few and soon followed by almost everybody, to response the call of rock, blues, r&b, smooth jazz... to move, rock... Three songs written by Anna, and arranged by Maurizio, Pierre and Edo were dedicated to recently passed Maurizio. It was a night of special feelings, warmth, and sharing. Read more

Sunday, 20 February 2011
The People and Paper
An interview with Joshua of Auroville Papers. We talked about his history with the company and within Auroville, and also explored the many aspects of work in the factory. Auroville Papers is close to Aspiration Community in Kuillapalayam. A beautiful Banyan tree is on the left as you enter, and you feel like you're entering a sanctuary not any sort of factory. Their handmade paper is made only from vegetal fibres. It is free from toxic substances, its manufacture does not require the felling of trees, and no endangered vegetal species are used for its production. Read more

Thursday, 17 February 2011
Cheering Up

" Running a marathon is a dream: It is intense, it is arduous, it is challenging both physically and mentally and it demands all of you - commitment, endurance, persistence, focus.” This is what you can read in the website of the Auroville Marathon ( What is missing in this sentence is the pleasure the runners have. In the interview recorded at the arrival, we have heard a lot of appreciation for the beauty of the trail, the warm and familiar atmosphere and the good organization. Some athletes just make it short. Awesome. Read more

Monday, 14 February 2011
Varanasi Weaver Exhibition

In a short interview recorded in Pondicherry at the opening of the exhibition "Varanasi Weaver Exhibition... a timeless journey", Uma Prajapati explain the importance of this social project Upasana is running in Varanasi. Quoting from the invitation: " Thousands of looms in Varanasi have become silent in the last decade - cheap, bad quality imitations have flooded the market and left weavers and traders in despair. Eighty-five percent of the weavers have wandered away to pursue other livelihood options. India's largest hand-weaving guild is threatened. Upasana has been involved in helping the Varanasi weavers' community since 4 years. We bring to you an exhibition showcasing Benaras through its textile, and tradition… An effort towards presenting responsible fashion and rediscovering pride in our collective heritage... Come experience a glimpse into the oldest city of India...”. The exhibition will be open till the 19th of February at the Alliance Francais (Pondicherry). Read more

Saturday, 12 February 2011
(City Life)
The Common Goal
In a short interview with some Living Routes students and volunteers from USA, Andi found out a few things. They were all exposed to some new ideas, met many different people from all over the world, tried new techniques on themselves - like awareness through the body or meditation. But as one of the students emphasized, she admires most the strength of the community to follow the common goal, although they all come from different backgrounds, different cultures...

Friday, 04 February 2011
Talks on Transformation
On January 20, 2011, started a series of five talks on some of the Mother's major experiences in Her work of transformation. Loretta wants to simplify things for people who are on the journey of Sri Aurobindo's Yoga. Along with her explanations, she brings Mother's Presence by translating and playing recordings of Mother telling of these experiences, and telling stories about Ashram life when Mother was here. Loretta was asked if she thought Mother finished Her work before She left the body. As part of her answer, Loretta relates her own experience standing alone in the Ashram Meditation Room with Mother's body in the early morning. Read more

Tuesday, 25 January 2011
Foundation for World Education

Margo of World Education, talking about her first time in this part of the world, about the profound impact of Awareness Through the Body and, about AurovilleRadio is the feature of today's news. Announcements include a 3-day Hospice workshop offering information on what hospice actually is (the emotional impact of working with people in the process of dying) plus just how it might be set up in Auroville. The Auroville Handbook, radically reworked, is available once again at the Visitors Centre Information Service and at PRISMA in Aurelec. Read more

Monday, 24 January 2011
Non Violent Communication

We strive to have meaningful communication with others, but sometime what we achieve are arguments or misunderstandings, especially with the people we care most. Non violent Communication is a mean towards understanding each others needs and L'Aura Joy from the College Guest House explains how to achieve helpful, productive, non violent interactions. Find out more with her workshops at the College Guest House or participate at the international meeting in Pondicherry Read more

Saturday, 22 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
AUP - Communication projects
The students of the American University of Paris AUP on their final day in Auroville speak about what they have done in their four week internships in local NGO and communities around Auroville. Prof. Charles Talcott is excited and satisfied about this program carried out by the Communication faculties of AUP and the University of Sweden, while student Claire Leavitt shares with us her initial difficulties and final satisfaction for her multimedia project in Pondicherry. Read more

Wednesday, 12 January 2011
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