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Posts Tagged ‘Savitri Bhavan’

Know Your Rhythm

It all begins with a conversation of improvised rhythms between Arnab and Gino at Sangam Hall, Savitri Bhavan.
Arnab B. Chowdhury shares a few thoughts, rhythms and motifs from his training programme – ‘Know Your Rhythm’ that helps participants discover musicality, their own sense of rhythm.
Through immersive exercises in a spirit of self-culture and joy, ‘Know Your Rhythm’ creates conditions for participants to experienc Aha! Moments both as individual and a member of the collective. He believes that these Aha! Moments are like opening windows towards Transformation.
In Auroville, ‘Know Your Rhythm’ (KYR) has been presented to a variety of audiences such as teachers from different schools of Auroville, Tamil Nadu government officials at Sustainable Livelihood Institute, Dakshina Chanting Group, young participants of Swadharma semester programme.
KYR was held as a Pre-Congress Seminar for therapists and medical practitioners at the 14th World Congress for Music Therapy at Vienna (2014) and presented as a research project at the 4th Conference of International Association for Music and Medicine at Beijing (2016).
Arnab is a composer-musician-trainer and a third generation from a family of Indian Classical musicians based out of Sri Aurobindo Ashram. He grew up and studied at the Ashram School and his programme is inspired by Integral Education and the paradigms of Music.

A talk with Shraddhavan

Shraddhavan, an author and Project coordinator at Savitri Bhavan talks about how things unfolded and brought her to Auroville, her initial days here, Sri Aurobindo’s epic Savitri and a sweet message for the 50th Anniversary of Auroville.

A discussion on Integral Yoga

On International Yoga Day, Savitri Bhavan hosted a discussion on the importance and newness of Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga. In this fascinating segment, both Aurovillians and guests question and analyze Integral Yoga. Tune in for some enlightening insights.

Dakshina Chanting Group

On the occasion of the third International Yoga Day (June 21st 2017), the Dakshina chanting group of Auroville brings you some sonic excerpts of their hour long Sanskrit shloka chants from Savitri Bhavan, Auroville, 7-8 AM.

Let’s enrich ourselves and intensely aspire in the Light of Integral Yoga as we listen to Sri Aurobindo’s Gayatri mantra and mantras dedicated to The Divine Mother — Devi Stuti and Aum Anandamayi and the beej mantra.

Om Namo Bhagavatey Sri Aravindaya.

Dakshina Chanting Group of Auroville received 12 weeks of ‘Know Your Rhythm’ training programme from Arnab B. Chowdhury before we went onto this special chanting session.

members of the Dakshina chanting group:
Aravind, Bom, Di, Hemant, Meera, Mona, Renu, Siddhartha and Arnab

Here are some sonic excerpts (3:22 minutes) from the Vedas, Bhagavad Gita and specific Mantras dedicated to Sri Aurobindo and the Divine Mother


Comments: 0 Date: 26 Jun 2017

Integrality Seminar on Poetry

At Savitri Bhavan, on the 15th December 2016, Divyanshi Chugh presented the third seminar of her ten seminar series on the Integrality in all Spheres of Life, the theme was poetry. She invited two guest speakers, Vladimir Yatsenko and Manohar (Luigi Fedele) to share their experience and knowledge of Savitri.


Comments: 0 Date: 19 Dec 2016

Integrality in all Sphere of Life

Divyanshi Chugh presents the first session of a seminar series at Savitri Bhavan, which will cover Integrality in all Spheres of Life. This weeks theme was Integral Philosophy based on the handouts by Matthys Cornellisen, Indian Psychology Institute, Pondicherry.

Happy in Auroville

While Susheela was on her usual morning ritual of grooming the plants outside Town hall, I had an opportunity to hear her story of how she came to Auroville and she opens up on how happy and contented she is here.

Intro Chroniqueuse Gangalakshmi

Une introduction sur la vie de notre chroniqueuse Gangalakshmi et son parcours à Auroville.

Bhakti poetry in music and dance

BHAKTI POETRY IN MUSIC AND DANCE
24th March, 2016
Savitri Bhavan

A mesmerising performnce by Gordon Korstange on South Indian Flute, Joel Eisenkramer on Hindustani Slide Guitar and Madhumita Padnaik is improvised dancing to the narrative of the poetry read in English during the performance.

Bhakti movement refers to the theistic devotional trend that emerged in medieval Hinduism. It originated in the seventh-century Tamil South India (now parts of Tamil Nadu and Kerala), and spread northwards.
The meaning of the term Bhakti is analogous but different than Kama. Kama connotes emotional connection, sometimes with sensual devotion and erotic love. Bhakti, in contrast, is spiritual, a love and devotion to religious concepts or principles, that engages both emotion and
intellection.


Comments: 0 Date: 28 Mar 2016

The Sustainable Anuradhapura

Yesterday’s talk on ‘Buddhist Building Traditions for sustainable living in the ancient city of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka’, at Savitri Bhavan by Dr. Satyajit Ghosh witnessed the usual enthusiastic response from the Auroville Community of Architects, students, volunteers and people related to water resource management and energy mobilization in built-up spaces. The talk was dedicated to the memory of Nirodbaran, who had Buddhist origins and mentored Dr. Ghosh’s sadhana up to the end of his life.

Dr. Ghosh introduced the ancient city of Anuradhapura with one of his favorite quotes ‘Architecture is inhabited sculpture.’
Anuradhapura was established as the first capital of Sri Lanka in the 4th century BC and continued to remain so, for nearly ten centuries. The study showed the comparison between the schemes of natural ventilation in the dormitories of the Jetavana Vihara and the Great Brazen Monastery, which were monuments of high historical significance. Other than being UNESCO acclaimed world heritage sites, The Great Brazen Monastery is arguably the world’s first sky-scraper, built in 100 BC and which could be also considered the first example of ‘Proportionate architecture’ (61 x 61 x 61). The study included detailed research on how the Buddhist architects of one thousand years ago assured the comfort of the monks of Anuradhapura through the control of air and water flow through the buildings. The fact that the city won fame for being the pioneer of hydraulic air-conditioning in the ancient world was proved through his in-depth technical research. The connection between micro physics and architecture was then elaborated by Dr. Ghosh. The study also threw light on the Envimet simulation software developed, where the latitude and longitude details of a location could generate the required solar transmission and other wind details of the place. Further explanation was on another system used for determining thermal comfort – PMV (Predict Mean Vote), which concluded that the Jetavana Vihar was a building of a relatively low thermal mass compared to the Great Brazen Monastery. The tremendous efforts and the intelligence of the Buddhist architects was highlighted through the study of water reservoirs and their linkages across Anuradhapura, as well.

The 75 minute talk culminated with a Q & A session and the research published in the form a book – ‘Idioms of Sustainability in ancient Anuradhapura’ was kept open for purchase, with the leads contributed to Savitri Bhavan.


Comments: 0 Date: 23 Oct 2015
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