Posts Tagged ‘Traditional’
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.
It was a three days workshop organised by Bharat Niwas, it was conducted by artists from SEWA (Self Employed Women Association), Gujarat. They taught people the almost lost art of block printing and tie and dye which was used earlier for cloth printing and now it is getting replaced by screen printing and other techniques. This workshop was to make people know more closely about Indian culture.
A lot of people from all age groups took interest in the workshop.
We had an interview with Seema Majumdar from Darpana Acedmy, Gujarat and she talked about the work they do and how they are taking efforts to educate people about the art and culture of India.
An interesting interview with Aunkh H. Chambalala, who visited us this morning to invite us to the first of his talks. The talk will be on African Astronomy and Cosmology, and was scheduled for today at the Unity Pavilion.
Aunkh gave us an insight in ancient African knowledge of astronomy, cosmology, and affairs of life. Amongst others we were talking about today’s youth, and his passionate involvement in education them.
Jazz music lovers have came on their expense last night at Cripa with the Jazz Night. Audience had a chance to hear some jazz standards of Joao Gilberto, Horace Silver, Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock…played by the visiting jazz guitar player Sid Jacobs, accompanied by “home” musicians Matt Littlewood on acoustics piano, Holger Jetter on bass and Srinath Srinivasan on drums.
At the Gandhi beach, every weekend there is a brass band playing music near the Gandhi statue and no, they are not regular musicians. They are the rough and tough police force of Puducherry. The Puducherry police band was started in 1974 by the then Inspector General of Police,Mr.Nikhil Kumar. It was first called the Sepoy band. The band now performs at all ceremonial parades especially Independence day and Republic day. They perform a variety of genres and entertain the public. Their committee includes DGP,S.I, Head constables and Police constables. Their public performance is mainly done to give the tourists a good feeling about Puducherry and to tell them that Puducherry police are very friendly and helpful.
Monday evening at CRIPA, Kalabhoomi, Auroville was very bright and blossomed with a dance performance by PrajaktaRaj (Atre), a famous Kathak dancer and choreographer.
Prajakta Raj is an accomplished Kathak danseuse and a well-known name in this field today. She was trained for 14 years by Guru Roshan Datye, received advanced training from late Guru Dr. Rohini Bhate from 1996 to 2008 at the renowned Nrityabharati Kathak Dance Academy in Pune.
In this performance, she mainly portrayed the life of Lord Krishna and also a short story of Lord Shiva, who losses his loved wife.
Besides completing the Senior Diploma course at Nrityabharati, she has also obtained a Masters Degree in Kathak from the Centre for Performing Arts (Lalit Kala Kendra), Pune University.
Prajakta has also successfully proved her mettle as an able dance teacher since 1992. Presently she is working as a Guru and Examiner at the Lalit Kala Kendra of Pune University. As a small contribution to the institution that made her a dancer, she has been working as an Honorary Teacher and Secretary at Nrityabharati Kathak Dance Academy since 2006. She is also the Founder-Director of Aarohini Kathak Dance Academy and the Director of Aarohini Art Welfare Organisation, a NGO, dedicated to the promotion of Kathak and other art forms.