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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.


Comments: 0 Date: 11 Jan 2014

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 ...

... made for the health of whoever asks for it. Often, prayers are made for the participants´ work, prosperity and protection. In the Andean cosmovision, everything that surrounds us is alive and we may frequently have a feeling of being off balance in our lives. One of the ways to harmonize and re-balance our lives, is through the Pacha Mama Ceremony. Taking place in the International Zone, between the Canadian Inusik and the U.S.A. Guest House, this ceremony was especially dedicated to kicking off the upcoming LATINOAMERIKA. After giving food to the Earth, all prayed to Mother for her help in creating a bridge of Love and Understanding among the two Indians ... The West , America, and signed, the East, Auroville - the City of Human Unity, with Love. We also prayed for the Harmony of the three Americas now symbolically represented' in this place; the North, the Central, and the South. Monique had burnt sage form Quebec (The North) in the way of the Natives, and passed it, using eagles' feathers, to each person in the circle, for purification. Central America was represented by a beautiful esmalted lizard, well known in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. And representing The South, were coca toffees and seeds from Waiquru, a sacred tree in Peru. People brought flowers, candles, stones and food to offer to the Mother Earth and we thanked her for everything that she has given to us, We also prayed for everybody on the planet to have access to food and care in the future. Mexico, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Ecuador, Colombia, Surynam (ex Dutch Guyana), Brazil, Chile and Argentina were represented in the inner circle. With the presence of people from Canada and the U.S., hand in hand, we could feel America as One. The poem "America" was read in the four Languages of the continent: English, French, Spanish and Portuguese, and all together concentrated on the common aim of harmony, love, food and care for everyone. Also individual wishes were expressed, the last one being "water for the International Zone". To this somebody added "for Auroville", and somebody else "for the World"... Thanks Krupa, the Mother heard you and delivered a good rain the following day. We thank Mother Earth and everybody that made the ceremony possible. It was a very deep feeling of Sisterhood and unity that embraced us all. '

Comments: 0 Date: 11 Dec 2013

African Night with Isis

What have started as invitation to an African Night on Friday 1st of February at Unity Pavilion in International Zone, extended into an open interview about many topics. Isis a volunteer from Benin (former Dahomey) will share within Africa House, Pavilion of African Culture, one of the introductory insights in the form of a talk on "Lost Kingdoms of West Africa". And as she says, when there are Africans is the sharing of festivity and joy, so the evening will continue with sharing of West African meal, and conclude with music.

Comments: 0 Date: 28 Jan 2013

Glimpses of Ethiopia, AVI

Whole day event of the Africa House-Pavilion of African Culture at Unity Pavilion in International Zone was dedicated to Ethiopia. After simple, yet very delicious, and spicy dinner cooked - supervised by Haimanot Alemu and Taher, community had a chance to learn a bit about Ethiopia. Vani on the behalf of AVI team which organized last year AVI Meeting in Addis Ababa shortly introduced the conference. Evening was concluded by one of Haimanot's film on personal relationships, and invitation to a Shakespeare's play 12th night (7.12. Bharat Nivas)

Comments: 0 Date: 24 Nov 2012

Dr Ajay Agarwal, Michael & Bailey

Listen to Dr Ajay Agarwal, Michael and Bailey talk about the presentation they are giving on December 18th. You are welcome to listen in at Cinema Paradiso at 4-5.30pm. It was the Auroville Integral Sustainability Institute that invited Dr. Ajay and eight Master of Planning students from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada to help develop performance measures for sustainable development in Auroville. The objective is to assess whether the present course of development in Auroville meets the community's needs in both the short (next ten years) and the long term.

The student team conducted several in-depth interviews with local resource persons in Auroville. These included Suhasini, Min, Bindu, David, Ribhu, Sonali and others. The aim was to identify some of the critical areas of concern facing Auroville in the coming ten years, and issues identified included affordability of housing, accessibility in terms of persons with special mobility needs, etcetera. The team then developed sustainability performance guidelines that could be applied to both the existing and the future development of Auroville. The developed system was applied to the Town Hall Complex. At a public presentation the team will present its sustainable development system using the Town Hall Complex as an illustrative case study and everyone is cordially invited. '

Comments: 0 Date: 16 Dec 2013

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.

Comments: 0 Date: 18 Oct 2013

Auroville as World heritage Site

In this presentation Martine gives an overview of world heritage sites and how they got their status. Which criterion Auroville fits to and the process to get recognition. If the Auroville would get the World Heritage site status from UNESCO that would bring world wide recognition from 190 countries. Along with many benefits it will also provide Auroville with land protection. Some negative aspects would be in influx of tourist. The presentation concludes with a question and answer session.

Comments: 0 Date: 23 Jan 2013


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.


Comments: 0 Date: 15 Dec 2013

West Africa and Yemadas

Last night event organized by Africa House and Windarra Farm at Unity Pavilion in International Zone was initiated by Isis, volunteer from Benin, currently working with several NGO's, on Agro Ecological Federation of Benin, at Family Jah - Rastafari Community. As Isis has soon found out that in Auroville the presence of African Culture is very poor, she shared with the community pieces of African culture from West Africa. With Windarra Farm team she has put all her energy to provide the dinner, and Yemadas concluded the night with world music.


Comments: 0 Date: 01 Feb 2013

Communication practicum

This has been the fifth year running that communication and political science students from the American University of Paris have been coming to Auroville for their undergraduate practicum. Also for the past few years they have been joined by students from Linneaus University in Sweden. Auroville provides a perfect platform for the students with all the different projects and activities they can get involved in. To round of their 2-3 week visit they all gave a presentation of the work they have been doing in Auroville.

Special thanks to Tania Elder 'Assistant Professor of communication at Linneaus University in Sweden' who started this project and to Jason Harsen 'Associate Professor at American University of Paris'.

Comments: 0 Date: 12 Jan 2013