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Celebrating Tamil New Year 2017

A collaboration of Ilaignarkal Education Center and Mohanam Cultural Center, brought together the Tamil New Year celebration in Auroville hosted by Visitor Center.
The Ilaignarkal Education Center is involved with teaching and bringing together the Tamil workers of Auroville. The Mohanam Cultural Center experiment with making different sorts of instruments (mainly percussion, string and wind instruments) out of local material.
Almost like a harvest festival many seasonal fruits and vegetables were presented in honor of the Tamil New Year. Astrological predictions were announced as what the coming year would bring. Live traditional Tamil music and dance enhanced the event.

'Accessible Puducherry'- Workshop

Satya Special School organized a Workshop on “ACCESSIBLE PUDUCHERRY – A STEP TOWARDS AN INCLUSION” on 21st October 2016 at Convention cum Cultural Center, Pondicherry University (A Central Univeristy). Department of Social Work has taken a profound initiative by hosting the event.

India has an estimated 70 million disabled people. Most of them remain confined to their homes due to complete lack of accessible infrastructure. Any attempt to travel, enter buildings, parks, shops etc can be impossible, unsafe or humiliating. They, therefore remain unseen, unheard, unaccounted and are rightly called – an invisible minority.
Accessibility has been one of the most neglected issues in the disability sector in India and is probably one of the crucial factors that can free up the potential and availability of opportunities for disabled people.

The Disability Act (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) was passed by the Indian Parliament in 1995. The Act mandates non-discrimination in transportation and the built environment. However, there has not been much progress so far on these aspects, in India.

Access and Accessible refer to the freedom of choice to enter approach, communicate or make use of a situation or environment without assistance and undue difficulties.
Keeping the above, the following objectives were focused at the workshop:

1. Create awareness on accessibility among various stake-holders
2. Current status on accessibility in Puducherry
3. Road map towards an inclusive Puducherry

And the distinguished Speakers for Accessibility workshop are:

Dr. Chdambaram for the topic ‘Accessibility in Educational institutions – Pondicherry University’ ; Mr. Alkahj for ‘African Perspective on Accessibility – CIAI Pondicherry’ ; Mr. Sudhakar for ‘Accessibility Aids and its Importance – Mobility India’; Dr. Srinivas Murthy for ‘Accessibility for persons with mental disability’ ; Ms. Susmita for Accessible Auroville and Dr. Gulam for ‘Accessibility in Developed countries’ – Pondicherry university

Jazz Cafe

In today’s news we are featuring Amando and Dhani inviting us to Jazz Cafe on Saturday 22nd at 8pm at Visitor’s Centre.

Tuesday 18th of October from 10 a.m. to 12 noon Sustainable Livelihood Institute (SLI) is presenting Lecture:on Tamil Culture: A Curtain Raiser

18th October, Tuesday, 5 – 6:30 pm within BHAVISHYATE talks at Sri Aurobindo Center of Studies – Bharat NivasI NDIA: past, present and future challenges Next session By Professor S.Swaminathan, with Topic: Indian painting tradition – Ajanta to modern times

Joy of Learning team (Alan, Lalit, Mike, Mila, Min, Sophie) announcing Tuesday October 18th 4.30 to 6.30 pm at SAIIER Auroville and Beyond….Exploring Auroville’s Bioregional Activities

Within Peace Month a Peace Walk on Saturday 22nd October Early Morning around 6:30 AM ~ 1 hour walk, starting at Visitor’s Centre.

If the growth of consciousness were considered the principal goal of life, many difficulties would find their solution.
The Mother

Mr. Lakshminarayan from SLI

Mr. Lakshminarayanan shares his views about various aspects of the upcoming local body, panchayat elections for neighboring villages of Auroville. He emphasis on the power a voter has, as member of the graham sabha and educates of the new amendments in seat reservation. He informs about 50% seats being reserved for women in the upcoming elections and points out as a good sign. He believes Women as administrators can do a much better job and is feeling rather optimistic about the upcoming elections. The panchayat elections play a major role in Auroville life as well, as Auroville is surrounded by at least 7-8 local Panchayat bodies and hence, elected officials will play a crucial role in maintaining and even strengthening the relations with the local villagers. Sustainable Livlihood institute SLI , is doing a commendable job in bridging the information gap between the villagers and Auroville and is playing an important role in guiding the locals to a better lifestyle and providing better means of livelihood.

AVAG Women's festival

On the 8th of September, AVAG organized a women’s festival that was attended by hundreds of women from the villages. The pompous event showcased these talented women in a new light. They danced away to glory, sang melodiously, acted like professional movie stars as well. Their talent was lauded by the community members and the event was a platform to showcase their hidden talents. The festival was organised by the women and the second half of the festival would be conducted in October. The event was attended by Mallika Sarabhai as the women danced away to various dance forms that are central to Tamil Nadu. The festival threw light on how empowered these women are and their various talents as well.

Sree Mahaleeswarar Temple Dance

Past Sunday Sree Mahaleeswarar Temple in Irumbai hosted Auro Amsathvani Group to give dance performance. Six girls – P. Swarna Poorani, N. Shalini, S.Sharmi, M. Domian, M. Roshani and N. Harini shared with the numerous audience classical dance program of Bharat Natiyam Dance. The event started with official address of present dignitaries from the villages and from Auroville who have lit the oil lamps. The dance performance started with the prayer song to Lord Ganesha….

A Poem for Refugees

Tuesday 22 March, 2016
Unity Pavilion, Auroville

As a part of the World Poetry Movement, Unity Pavilion presents A Poem for Refugees for all those who have been misplaced, having to leave their Motherland because of wars and human suffering.

This is a multi-cultural and multi-lingual gathering where poets, musicians and friends share their heartfelt stories and sending peace and love to those in need.


Comments: 0 Date: 24 Mar 2016

Auroville Sisters Concert

Auroville Sisters Concert at Visitor’s Centre

18th March, 2016

A beautiful concert with a brand new selection songs performed by AV Sisters in Russian, Tamil, French and English.

Auroville Sisters: Swaha, Vera and Shakti

The band: Holger, Francoise, Robert and Ashaman


Comments: 0 Date: 21 Mar 2016

UN INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

“Let us devote solid funding, courageous advocacy and unbending political will to achieving gender equality around the world. There is no greater investment in our common future.”Ban Ki Moon, His Excellency, the U.N Secretary General

While the International organizations, Civil Societies, Government agencies and other groups are busy in organizing various seminars, workshops and awareness programs to achieve Gender Equality and Women Empowerement issues on International Women’s Day, a group of women residents of Auroville and Pondicherry spent their day with various traditional and free style dances and Kolam drawings.

Monday, the 7th of March 2016 SAWCHU Building, Bharat Nivas in Auroville was lit up in lights and creative art works as the visitors, guests and residents of Auroville celebrated the Eve of International Women’s Day.

Ms. Lara Sem, a 10 years old kid performance has been a highlight at the event. She is TV dance performer in Kalaignar Channel. Her strength at the dance performance amused the audience.

Kolam painting competitions were also held. A Kolam is a geometrical line drawing composed of curved loops, drawn around a grid pattern of dots. In South India, it is widely practiced by female Hindu family members in front of their houses. Kolams are regionally known by different names in India, Raangolee in Maharashtra, Aripan in Mithila , Raongoli in Karnataka, Muggulu in Telugu in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and Golam in Kerala.
The program was very colorful and joyous. There were many outsiders from Bangalore, Chennai and other nearby cities who have come to relish the nature and programs at Auroville.

“Honestly, its nice to see people celebrating women’s day in particular but I wish everyday, everybody was treated equal and nothing special had to be about today. But then again, when someone puts in effort to make them feel nice on at least one day, it feels good”.Ms. Pragati Murty, an Employee at Amazon, Bangalore

Though there are many women’s rights workers, activists and leaders striving to get equal and greater opportunities for us, events like these also make us unite and share a cultural feeling of oneness and its encouraging“- Arudra, a 12th class student at Timpany School (Vizag)

NAMMAL MUDIYAM English

NAMMAL MUDIYAM
THE “WE CAN” PROJECT
Edayanchavady Youth foster Well Being
Young women and men of Edayanchavady village have identified alcohol addiction
as a primary cause of poverty, violence and lack of household resources. They want
to highlight these issues, set up supportive structures and reposition a new story of a
healthy, empowered, socially engaged village leading positive change.
The project begins with a one-day well-being campaign that highlights; the effects of
alcoholism, available recovery supports and a suggested refocus of life as well being
and health. The event will be presented through; related talks, drama, film, art,
martial arts, organic gardening and therapy

in Edayanchavady Temple Square,February 28th, 4.30pm to 9pm

The event will be followed by a strong alcohol recovery support structure through
Alcohol Anonymous meetings, Al Anon family Counselling and De-addiction
programs through Auroville Village Action Group and Edayanchavadi Healing
Centre/Thamarai

Should you like to donate to this work please use Auroville
Financial Centre account (251465 Village Alcohol Awareness) and for those in other
parts of India or abroad please contact: thamarai@auroville.org.in
“Whatever you can do or dream you can; begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now”
NAMMAL MUDIYAM !


Comments: 0 Date: 22 Feb 2016
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