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Daily Archives: 2016/03/10

David and the Water Goliath

David (Town Planning) and Achva (Landscape design) Stein came to Auroville invited by L’Avenir D’Auroville in 2010 to work on a Greenbelt Master Plan. The plan centers around water sustainability. In this interview you can hear about what has to be done and what is needed. David looks towards the youth of Auroville to take up the challenges of the tasks ahead.

How to build the future? (short)

Accompanied by construction noises from a new concrete building site behind SAIIER, workers and supporters from Sacred Groves were discussing with opponents of the Sacred Groves project, skeptical Aurovillans and deputies from the Housing Board above big issues: How exactly should Auroville build its future?

Manu begins with an introduction about the importance of ecological construction and about the Sacred Groves housing project. The following discussion sets up all critical points about the project: It is supposed to take too long, to be too costly, and a couple of architects who are present dont believe the buildings to maintain stable into the monsoon. The questions are answered by the founders of Sacred Groves and its volunteers.

The music is taken from the German Combo “17 Hippies”.
The Sacred Grove Video showed during the introduction:

Comments: 0 Date: 10 Mar 2016

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is the longest poem by the English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, published in 1798. Here, Holger Jetter delivers an electrifying improvisation of English Romanicism, articulated through the concept of the ‘Sublime’ and expressed with great colour and dynamism through a variety of instruments.

Norman Bowler has performed with this poem many times. Holger Jetter composed music especially for this performance. Matt Littlewood and Nadaprem play with him.

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner relates the experiences of a sailor who has returned from a long sea voyage. The mariner stops a man who is on the way to a wedding ceremony and begins to narrate a story. The wedding-guest’s reaction turns from bemusement to impatience to fear to fascination as the mariner’s story progresses, as can be seen in the language style: Coleridge uses narrative techniques such as personification and repetition to create a sense of danger, the supernatural, or serenity, depending on the mood in different parts of the poem.

Read the poem here:

Recorded and mastered by The Unstitute

Comments: 0 Date: 10 Mar 2016

Homage to Saint Tyagaraja

Musical homage to Saint Tyagaraja
Pavilion of India, Bharat Nivas

Under the auspices of Tamil Heritage Centre, Bharat Nivas and Telugu Samskritika
Chief Guest: Kavingar R. Meenakshi
Organised by: Homage to St. Tyagaraja Programme Group

Saint Tyagaraja (1767 – 1847) was one of the greatest composers of Carnatic music or Indian classical music. He was a prolific composer and highly influential in the development of the classical music tradition. Tyagaraja composed thousands of devotional compositions, most in Telugu and in praise of Lord Rama, many of which remain very popular even today.

Rod: Critical Thinking is needed

Rod revisits the topic of change in Auroville, in this hour long conversation we touch the topics of; Ideology, Town Planning, Economy, International Zone, Growth, Statistics, Working Groups, after the Retreat (?) … and the urgent need for critical thinking in Auroville. He reminds us of the COP21 agreements events furthered in (April and May 2016) to combat Global Climate Change and suggests the occasion to mark change in Auroville.

Comments: 1 Date: 10 Mar 2016

Concert by Ladislav Brozman

A Classical Concert by Ladislav Brozman

A concluding part of The Integral Paradigm of Knowledge seminar on the integration of senses, the faculties, the individual, universal, and transcendent Self; the approaches and disciplines of knowledge -seeing, hearing, speaking, thinking.
D Minor sonata by J.S.Bach

Promenade Performance, Women

In today’s news we are featuring Kaeridwyn and Sarah with invitation to follow them on the Tracks of the Unicorn – a promenade performance on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th at 5.30pm at Mahalakshmi park (meeting point – entrance at guard’s “mushrom”.

On Fridaty 12th a Woman’s day celebration at Sve Dame with presentation eco femme and Sante clinic, followed by AV Sisters , feminine dance, and D.J MIRCO Woman’s music .

As we progress and purify ourselves of our egoism, our friendship with the Divine becomes more and more clear and conscious.
The Mother


“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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