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(Arts & Culture)
Coincidences or Jazz

This morning, Kranti and Mike stopped by at the studio, to share some information on their up-coming concert. This Sunday, February 9th, they will play at the Sri Aurobindo Auditorium, Bharat Nivas, Pavilion of Indian Culture (International Zone) at 8pm. Both of them are currently visiting Auroville and came across some other, residing, musicians while Kranti was exhibiting her paintings on the theme of music at the Pavilion of Tibetan Culture some weeks ago. So do not miss the result of these coincidences, in the shape of some classical jazz compositions, on Sunday! Read more

Wednesday, 05 February 2014
(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)
Yoga of Life in Art Form

That life flows its own way was clear at yesterday's inauguration of the Drago Druskovic exhibition at Kala Kendra, Gallery Square Circle, Bharat Nivas, Pavilion of Indian Culture (International Zone). Prof. Edwin Zappa shared a story of connections between himself and his then neighbor Drago, who, when he came across Sri Aurobindo and Mother's writings was deeply moved by them. These writings greatly influenced his exploration in search of truth in art. His art itself is colorful, simple, truthful and spiritual.Read more

Saturday, 01 February 2014
(Arts & Culture)
Piano improvisation

Another trip in Hartmut Von Lieres′ universe on Thursday night at Pitanga; a transportation through a mix of tonic and smooth indian, Spanish, jazz and classical European sounds. Close your eyes and let yourself enter Hartmut′s energetic and sensitive world. You might end up going to an unknown destination or imagine, through the story of his notes, the scenario of a film. Auroville Radio was there to capture the moment and we share it here with you. So enjoy the work of a virtuoso, and stay tuned for the musical story never ends. Read more

Monday, 13 January 2014
(Education)
Development Communications

In short interviews with Charles Talcott and Tanya Elder, as well as with Aurovilian Ana, we found out about some interesting presentations held this morning, at the Town Hall Multimedia Centre, by students of two universities; AUP (France) and Linneaus (Sweden). For the last six years they have come to Auroville for a "Sustainable Development Practium". Through interaction with units, services and NGOs in and around Auroville, they create practical solutions in the field of development communications. Within this intensive program students are enriched by some specific lectures and talks from Auroville. Read more

Saturday, 11 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)
Suryan, Margarita, Krishna...

The excellently amazing and charming voice of Suryan merged with the equally mesmerizing voice of young Italian volunteer Margarita, who has managed to become famous in the community over the past few months. They nailed the audience to attentive listening, dwelling into known and less known songs. Krishna with Francoise, with Tamil party, managed to bring laughter, while Francoise, together with a violinist, took us on a different path and to another space. The "Fair Extraordinaire" , the traditional Youth Centre Christmas Fair was slowly coming to an end. Read more

Sunday, 29 December 2013
(Arts & Culture)
Rock`n`Roll for the End

The "Fair Extraordinaire" was concluded with Amrit's Rock'n'Roll Band. With some delays, the fair came to a successful end with solid rock'n'roll and interesting lyrics. All those who had been waiting rather patiently into the late hours of the night were thrilled and compelled to join the band in dancing in front of the stage. Read more

Sunday, 29 December 2013
(Education)
LATINOAMERIKA

Last weekend, the community had the chance to explore some views on the culture of the Americas. The atmosphere, at the Unity Pavilion in the International Zone, was relaxed and friendly. It was in particular the Latino countries of Central and South Americas that were covered. Also in the news:  three days of the theater show - Sri Aurobindo's Viziers of Bassora - is being put on stage by Aryamani. Auroville also had a chance to see some good films, taste mate, coffee and tamales, in addition to seeing and participating in dance workshops. Yesterday, Christmas songs were shared, and a salsa rueda performance held, with a workshop. Read more

Monday, 16 December 2013
(Education)
Ceremony of the Pachamama

11-12-13, December 11th, 2013: Ceremony of Pacha Mama (Mother Earth) "The mother, who we are accustomed to evoking for her giving birth and taking care of life, also has a phase in which she receives, calls to herself, and waits"”. In the Andes, there is a ceremony of offering, or simply “AYNI,” or reciprocity, to Mother Earth, who gives us life. In that way, we also give strength to the Pacha Mama, so that she is able to go on generating life. During the ceremony, prayers are ... Read more

Friday, 13 December 2013
(City Life)
New Selection Process

Following are the minutes of the 2nd GM on a proposed New Selection Process for the Working Committee and the Auroville Council with a Participatory Working Group Proposal. Due to the rain, the meeting was not well attended. Still, what was exposed was that perhaps a new process will not make the dissatisfaction of the community disappear. It was mentioned, that even the best selection process possible would do nothing until we are ready to tackle the core issues that are burdening the community, causing much passivity and non-participation of its members. Read more

Monday, 18 November 2013
(Spirituality)
Koodam

Yesterday afternoon, Elvira and Sacha presented, at Unity Pavilion, a new project called Koodam. It aims at finding a new approach to resolving conflict. At the moment, anybody who seeks a solution to a dispute has but one choice: The City Council. The Auroville Koodam has been created to support Aurovilians who face difficult conversations, communication blockages or conflict. It is a move away from the idea of wrong vs. right and a judiciary system, and towards, instead, the idea of multiple truths, Read more

Thursday, 14 November 2013
(Spirituality)
Auroville Pioneers: Shyama part 1

Francois and Rakhal have, over three years, interviewed the few Aurovilians who were greatly blessed to meet Mother when she was still in her human body. They put the first stones, and dug the first holes for planting trees, at a time when not much else was there, of Auroville. There are no more than thirty of these Aurovilians still with us and the project aims at preserving their memories for future generations. It also aims to honour them as our elders, and to help revive our spirit and keep us on the path to realizing The Dream. Listen to Shyama`s incredible life journey here.

Saturday, 09 November 2013
(Education)
New” SAIIER building

After many years, and having, since 1984, resided at Bharat Nivas, SAIIER (Sri Aurobindo International Institute for Educational Research), has finally got access to its new office. The official inauguration took place this morning, next to the Auroville Foundation building of the Town Hall complex. SAIIER is the covering umbrella for all education an transport activities and projects in Auroville. Starting with an invocation song by Joy, during the ceremonial Dr. Karan Singh presented gifts to the architect and the builders. The people gathered were also invited to visit the new space. Read more

Friday, 08 November 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
(Arts & Culture)
A Lo Latino

Last Friday at the Unity Pavilion (International Zone), a  Columbian Band shared music from their continent with the community. It was an amazing evening with the 13 musicians displaying some rhythms likely not before known in Auroville, such as vallenato, merengue and cuban song, along with Colombian salsa and Latin rock. That we all  understand the universal language of music, and that we all enjoy letting our bodies vibrate and swing to it, was proved the numerous people in attendance. The salsa dancers especially had a good time, and we all hope to have more of this kind of music in the future. Read more

Tuesday, 29 October 2013
(Arts & Culture)
Genius Classik Stuff

It comes as no surprise that the Visitor Centre was packed last night. Why? The Genius Brothers and their Academic show "Classik Stuff", of course, and the fact that not many  would dare to miss it. Genius Brothers have, already for years, through the use of metaphorical language and humour, served up some truths. At times unmerciful, they hardly skip any area concerning our lives in Auroville, in order to expose some of the problems that bother most of us, yet providing the frame of humor, we are given the option to shift focus to a lighter point... as we go on searching for meaning in this crazy town Read more

Saturday, 26 October 2013
(City Life)
GM on Land Exchange #2

Yesterday, a second General Meeting on a land exchange proposal concerning the North Eastern Greenbelt was held at the Unity Pavilion (International Zone). Organised by the LMTF, the meeting was divided into two parts. First Fabian, on behalf of the LMTF, again presented the current situation. Supported by maps, he clearly indicated the areas for possible exchange and development. In the second part, the members of the community had a chance to express their feelings and concerns, and to ask questions in order to clarify anything unclear or confusing to them. We can expect a follow up. Read more

Thursday, 24 October 2013
(Education)
Personal Commitment

Freek Schiphorst, one of four board members of Stichting de Zaaier, is currently visiting Auroville together with Martine Busek and Jan-Willen Pieterson. Here we interview him. After briefly introducing Zaaier, Freek explains that the Auroville visit is an exploration of what is happening here, not an evaluation mission. Especially for him and Jan-Willen, who are here for the first time, the aim is to get a "feeling" of what is going on. Freek has been deeply moved by the Auroville youth, and by the personal commitment of community members.

Monday, 21 October 2013
(City Life)
Presentation for Newcomers

Board members of Stichting De Zaaier - Martine Busek, Jan-Willen Pieterson and Freek Schiphorst - are currently visiting Auroville. They have already talked to many people and units about their projects and services. A presentation to newcomers on Stichting de Zaaier had been scheduled and took place yesterday morning in the Town Hall Conference Room. Due, perhaps, to the slight delay and to the work commitment of the 120 newcomers, only Fif participated in the session, along with Umberto from Entry Service. Read more

Saturday, 19 October 2013
(Arts & Culture)
Classik Stuff, and A Lo Latino

After the Singing Festival a group of singers were so inspired that they decided to continue the practice. The result is A LO LATINO, performing at 8.30pm on Friday the 25th, at the Unity Pavilion. A LO LATINO consists of 13 people from four continents - South America, Africa, Asia and Europe - led by five Colombians - Margarita, Margarita, Camilla, Alexandra, and Miguel. In this piece we talk to Margarita, who is known in the community for her work with probiotics. She invites us to A LO LATINO. We are also invited to a one hour concert - Classik Sutff by Genius Brothers - on the same Friday the 25th, but at 7.30pm at the Visitor Centre. Read more

Friday, 18 October 2013
(Arts & Culture)
AV Women Sound Artist Project

This is a sound recording made by a group of women in Auroville. It has been sent in as an entrant for Soundphiles, a new section introduced in the IAWRT Asian Women’s Film Festival, to be held in New Delhi in March 2014. The theme for Soundphiles is “Many Echoes, Many Worlds”. If this sound recording is selected, the news will be relayed in December 2013… Read more

Wednesday, 09 October 2013
(Education)
ANGIRAS - talks

The afternoon session of ANGIRAS - Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living in Remote Areas - started with Toine talking on sustainable energy solutions, raising the question if sustainability is not first and foremost about choosing a life style that takes into consideration the environment and already badly depleted natural resources. Nick continued with a SEDAB presentation, focusing mainly on the bio-region and its development. Gijs shared an interesting story about organic cotton and its value chain. At the end of presentations, Chamlaji Gupta from the ashram shared some thoughts on the beginning of a search for "unconventional sources of power". He said that the Mother, in 1966, after the construction of the first solar device in Ashram, commented " ...blessings for the efficacy..."

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Tuesday, 08 October 2013
(Arts & Culture)
Iniki malarkey, nalaki anarchy

A new kids play by Miraculous Production of shy but wildly imaginative Randolph McZozo, supported and well advised through all his endeavours by his faithful companion, the stuffed toy lion Wittgenstein, filled up the Kalabhumi Amphitheater last night. Randolph and Wittgenstein faced a barking dog, crossed a busy road, fished for dinner and delighted the audience. All simple tasks perhaps but alluding to something bigger. As usual with a Miraculous Production there was... Read more

Saturday, 05 October 2013
(Economy)
Economics for People and Earth

Today's book launch at the Town Hall Conference Room attracted a large audience, indicating that the topic of the Auroville economy is of great interest to the community. The authors of "Economics for People and Earth", Henk and Manuel Thomas, were introduced by Harini and Guy, and described the book as giving a detailed account of the Auroville economy during 1968 to 2008. Having taken 15 years to produce, plenty of facts and figures support the text. The book was presented by its authors as a labour of love and a gift to Auroville in support of its progress. Read more

Wednesday, 02 October 2013
(Arts & Culture)
Trust

The completion of Trust, the first song of an album in progress by Taranti and Ruben, inspired us to interview Taranti. She explains that the song was written for a friend who was depressed, to shine a light on the trust that Taranti knows is present in each one of us, even during our darkest hours. She also speaks of the overall aim of bringing meaningful lyrics to the dance floor, through the addition of beats by Ruben. After an intense time singing mainly lullabies, Taranti and Ruben are both excited to be experimenting with music again. Listen to the whole song at the end of the interview. Read more

Wednesday, 02 October 2013
(Spirituality)
The New Being
On January 1, 1969, starting just after midnight, Mother felt an immense personality, something very material and luminous. It was very powerful but its character was a smiling benevolence, a peaceful joy and a blossoming in the joy and the light. It came directly into Mother's body and gave the feeling of something that had come to stay. Mother wondered if it was the personality which would later manifest in supramental forms of if it would manifest in the body of the intermediary being, the superman. After that , Mother's body no longer... Read more

Tuesday, 01 October 2013
(City Life)
Clowns for light and transformation

Take it all is a silent and poetic play about a happy relationship of two clowns that is gradually destroyed by an escalating conflict about money. The two clowns behind it are Erika and Ovidi, a Swedish-Catalan couple. They performed the play on Saturday night at CRIPA, to the delight of their audience. For the next six months they will travel around India, visiting places and people to shine their much needed love and light. They also hope to break down barriers that people may have against clowning and its transformative power. A conversation with them reveals what it is that makes them do what they do. Read more

Tuesday, 01 October 2013
(Arts & Culture)
The Vedanta and the Uspanishads

What is it that I am really seeking through my various pursuits in life? Neema Majmudar explained to us the path of personal growth through the Vedenta, sharing her deep knowledge of those ancient texts. With patience and dedication she shone a modern ligt on the vision of the traditional teaching of Advaita Vedanta. Neema was born in Bombay and has been studying Vedanta for the last 25 years. She has also completed a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University and an MBA, in addition to following a three and half year residential course with Swami Dayananda at Coimbatore. Read more

Thursday, 26 September 2013
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