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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.

Art and Culture Workshop

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.

Africal tribal dance

At the very beginning of Hibiscus festival this band played just one song, Louis and Patrick on djembe, Joel on bass while Audrey was involving the dancers.

African Cosmology and Our Roots

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.


Comments: 0 Date: 20 Jan 2017

Nalaikki Fair – Temple Rock

Despite that traditional Christmas Fair at Youth Centre was held yesterday 7th of January 2017 with the appropriate name “Malaikki Fair” the Christmas spirit was present …. maybe also due to the fact that in some parts of our planet, like Ethiopia it was last night the Christmas evening …. anyhow, all was fine, joyful cheerful, as many Christmas fairs in the past…
Musical part of the fair started in the middle of the afternoon with Krishna Temple Rock with Krishna, Matthew and Shanks.


Comments: 0 Date: 08 Jan 2017

Jazz Night at CRIPA

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.

Bantu Ubuntu at the Youth Centre

United Nations International Youth Day is three weeks from now, but the young volunteers of Auroville have come together to express their emotions, as logical and physical and imperfection; in the triangle which is “Be creative, Be conscious and Be sharing in the Peaceful City (the Youth Centre of Auroville)”.

Samy, a Rwandan student is currently a volunteer at the Youth Centre,  and the Tree house Community. He has been a part of Auroville community for two years now and is seeking a transformation of the Human heart. He has initiated a three day fundraising event for his safari(journey) on the way back to his home country, during which he will be doing research on “What is the relation between drums and humans” and “Dance movement therapy”.

Samy says, Bantu Ubuntu is the language of Humankind in Zulu and therefore has taken it as an agenda for this event mainly to symbolize human relations and transformation, like a rhythm of drums.

A pizza night, bonfire, candle crafting, macrame, body psychology workshop, Korean dinner with kimpap and isombe from Rwanda were all part of this spectacular summer monsoon – Bantu Ubuntu Infinity.

“Integration, togetherness, coordination, expression and engagement of the youth in the various societal activities would definitely bring peace and harmony to the world we live”.


Comments: 0 Date: 25 Jul 2016

Puducherry Police Brass Band

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.


Comments: 1 Date: 04 Jul 2016

Blissful performance-Prajakta Raj

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 Master’s 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.

She is a multi-faced culturalist as she also extends her teachings of French language at Pune University.

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)

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