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Auroville women celebrate International Women’s Day by hosting traditional music, dance and ‘kolam’ (chalk art) competitions at Swachu Building at Bharat Nivas on 18 March 2017.
The United Nations theme for International Womens Day 2017, focuses on Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030. While the women in cities were occupied in either organizing or participating in various conferences and meetings, Women at Auroville have celebrated the day by promoting the local culture in three forms viz., music, dance, art by spreading the theme of gender equality and women civic participation in the society.
Grace, Usha and Mathi from Auroville have taken a lead role in organizing various cultural activities which includes music and dance competitions and also performances.
Bregette (from Hollande) has been at Auroville and serving at Matrimandir for five years now and in talking to the Auroville Radio she expressed her excitement of being part of this community in rendering various services mainly to the ‘art and culture’.
Mayawati, from La Farm has been the instructor for the ‘kolam’ art competition. Many young girls, students and women participated and filled the floor of the building with amusing and colorful art.
Paula Murphy, who has been practicing as a mid wife for many years, conducted a survey here in Auroville regarding the health and safety of women. Two hundred and eighteen women participated in this and the presentation of the results was given in Saiier on the 16th March by Paula and Michiel Mussies.
On March 8th Unity Pavillion invited 12 women from different nationalities and different cultures to share their stories as a part of International Women’s Day celebration. They talked about love, fights, fears, insecurities, inspirations, and a lot more, shared their journeys, the struggles they had been through all of their lives, problems they faced being a woman and how they kept moving on in their lives with or without support. They expressed their views on feminism, gender equality, etc. In the two hours a million stories were told, all different but still one thing common in all of them and that is the high spirits women possess.
After the talk there were beautiful cultural dance performances (including, Odissi , Kathakali, Bharatnatyam, and contemporary), all were prayers to the ‘Devi’, not any physical being but the feminine side embedded in nature.
And this session of sharing ended with a fun pot luck dinner.
Monday, 2 January 2017, from 6pm onward we are All invited for a Salangai Pooja dance performance by the Isai Ma(i)yam Dance group Sri Mahakalishwara Siva Temple at Irumbai
Tuesday January 3rd, 2017 8 pm In CRIPA, Kalabhum CRIPA Jazz Night
Sid Jacobs (guitar) & Matt Littlewood (Trio)Holger Jetter (bass)Srinath Srinivasan (drums)
Wednesday 4th of January at 8pm at Sri Aurobindo Auditorium, Bharat Nivas Odissi Dance by Kanchana’s Group
Saturday , 7th of January, 2017 Youth Center invites us to this year’s Nalaikki Fair! Open to all from 10 am to 10 pm .
Sunday , 8rth of January at 8pm at the Visitors Center “Bossa Nova and Rock Concert” Bossa Nova from Eliane and Band.Rock from Amando Israel, Dhani and Suresh
An aimless life is always a miserable life.
Every one of you should have an aim. But do not forget that on the quality of your aim will depend the quality of your life.
Your aim should be high and wide, generous and disinterested; this will make your life precious to yourself and to others.
But whatever your ideal, it cannot be perfectly realised unless you have realised perfection in yourself.
The Mother , “On Education”
This morning we had an interesting conversation with Dr. Amina Ather who is visiting Auvorille just for couple of days. During her stays she is giving workshop at SLI to women of rural Tamil Nadu. Her knowledge and rich experience are empowering women wherever she goes.
From the web:
Dr. Amina Ather , Presently working as Scientific Director, TSM (Traditional System of Medicine), Medizin Park Ruhr, Dusseldorf, Germany. Done her Bachelors in Unani medicine and Surgery,MD (Pharmacology – Clinical trial with single herb of Unani medicine, PhD ( Empowerment of Muslim women through green pharmacy) and MCA (masters of computer Application) . She Has been nominated for guinness book of records for creating database of medicinal plants from 12 countries and recoding photography digital source. Has been working in the field of TCAM since 2001 , has been awarded by ford foundation to create 24 entrepreneurs from zakat money . Has covered more than 700 schools and 300 villages in india and around the world on educating women in health education , she has 17 patents of herbals cosmetic products with halal certification , and 2 from FDA . At present she is working with Medizin Park Ruhr , Castrop Rauxel , Dusseldorf , Germany as scientific director for TCAM to develop opportunities for TCAM fraternity in academics , research and training in Europe with the support of EMA and EPMA (European Medical Association and Association for predictive preventive and personalized medicine).She would be the first unani physician to start her practice in Europe as a physician with the support of MPR.
…or Ladies in Jazz featuring some of the famous jazz singers
Beyonce Etta James cover – At Last
Nina Simone – Felling Good
Lupe Fiasco FT Jill Scott – Daydream
Brenda Boykin – Hard Swing Travellin Man
Nina Simone – I put a spell on you
Erma Franklin – Piece of My Heart
Fontella Bass and Bobby McClure Don’t Mess with a Good Thing 1965
Nina Simone – Work Song
The Puppini Sisters – Crazy In Love
Sarah Vaughan – Lover Man
Anita Wardell – Travels – The Road
Chaka Khan – Stormy Weather
Ella Fitzgerald – Mack The Knife
The Puppini Sisters – Spooky.
Dinah Washington – Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby
Julie London – When I fall in love
Billie Holiday – All of me
Ella Fitzgerald- It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing
On Wednesday 14th September Aurellio, from Svaram musical instruments, invited Chinmaya Dunster (sarod) and Ray Barelli (Carnatic veena) to play a jugalbandi (duet) for his work force. It was very touching that he organizes such programmes, offering them a beautiful and rejuvenating morning tea break away from the factory sounds into the harmony of classical music.
Erika not unknown to Auroville performed last night at Kasha Ki Aasha in Pondicherry with Shanks who has shown his talent on different occasions either be concert or jam sessions.
Erika Lernot was born in Martinique and grew up in Paris, France. Throughout her childhood she was surrounded by different styles of music including the traditional drums of the Carribean Islands as well as jazz, soul, hip hop and Oriental. These influences as well as those sounds coming from Africa, Cape Verde and Brazil are mixed into her songs in their poetry and rhythm culminating in a unique mix of French soul and Caribbean jazz.
She has performed in Parisian venues like New Morning, Hotel de Ville, Studio de lErmitage and Olympia and recently completed a tour of India hosted by Alliance Francaise.
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.