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About Ira-Gopal

Programs by Ira-Gopal:

Finding Home

Ayushi Sheth, a student at Symbiosis Centre for Media and Communication (Pune), performs an original poem titled “Finding Home”. This bubbly spoken word poet arrived at Auroville to do her internship at Pavillion de France. Ayushi loves to travel, and she uses her words to paint pictures of her home town in Rajkot, Gujarat. But is coming home always as great as it is made out to be? Ayushi reveals the flip side of the place that never changes, even when you do.

Songs For A Cause

Tracklist –
1) The Redemption Song – Bob Marley
“Redemption Song” begins with a story of how the narrator has been persecuted for years only to overcome it all with heavenly aid, leading to triumph.
2) Just Another Day In Paradise – Phil Collins
Speaking on the issue of homelessness and poverty, this song narrates a scene where a man dismisses the pleas of a homeless woman on the street.
3) Earth Song – Michael Jackson
As Jackson says, “But this is my chance to pretty much let people hear the voice of the planet. And this is ‘Earth Song.’ “
4) Imagine – John Lennon
The song is about bringing harmony to a conflict-torn world, asking us to imagine it without all the things that divide us.
5) Man In The Mirror – Michael Jackson
To make a difference in the world, you must start from within.
6) Do They Know It’s Chrsitmas – Band Aid 30
This is an incarnation of the charity supergroup Band Aid. Artists like One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and so on get together to raise money towards the Ebola crisis in Western Africa.
7) Cherry Wine – Hozier
Hozier said: “With the song ‘Cherry Wine,’ I tried to get across the difficulty of coming to terms with and facing up to domestic violence and the dynamic of an abusive relationship.”
8) Same Love – Macklemore and Ryan Lewis ft. Mary Lambert
This song finds Macklemore detailing the struggles of a gay man throughout his life.
9) Silver and Gold – U2
Bono wrote this after going on a relief mission in Ethiopia. It’s an anti-apartheid song, but the lyrics make a broad political statement about how money seems to be more important than personal freedoms in the eyes of many world leaders.
10) Take Me To Church – Hozier
The song is about asserting yourself and reclaiming your humanity through an act of love.

A New Step For Auroville

Patrizia Saccá is a paralympic table tennis champion who overcame her disabilities by becoming a champion. She describes her visit to Auroville in Italian translated to English by her friend, Susmita. She is in awe of the Matrimandir and recalls her visit to the inner chamber with the help of Susmita, who is a pioneer of the Accessible Auroville project. She describes in vivid detail how the peaceful atmosphere made her feel, and the reason that she keeps going back to relive the experience. The interview is conducted outside the Matrimandir, the place that inspires Patrizia.
They also discuss the concept of human unity, which they feel goes beyond goes caste and color to include people with disabilities. Susmita and she remind us that we are, above all, human beings and we deserve to feel equally loved and respected. They shed light upon the importance of the issue of accessibility and are confident that a new step for the City That The Earth Needs is making Auroville fully accessible at all fronts. Patrizia also shares with us the secret behind her success and positivity in life.

Gli ascoltatori Italiani possono ascoltare l’intervista con Patrizia Saccá tradotta da Susmita in Ingese. Patrizia Saccá e’ un’atleta paraolimpica che sta visitando Auroville.

Auroville Then and Now

Paul Vincent, one of the pioneers of Auroville discusses his background and what made him come to Auroville with barely any money and no knowledge of the English language. Despite his initial difficulties he tells us what compelled him to stay and how he knew Auroville was the place for him. He guides us through the evolution of Auroville from its muddy, deserted landscape to the green and fertile land that we see. He reveals not only the environmental but also the political struggles that Auroville had to face to become the independent entity that it is today. However, he feels that Auroville has deviated from The Mother’s vision and he elaborates on some of the main issues that Auroville is faced with. “Is That What Auroville Is?” is an important question that he asks the residents of Auroville.

The Early Days Of Patrick

Patrick recounts his youthful adventures of hitchhiking along with his friends from France to India and eventually to Auroville. He recalls what drove him to join Auroville, his early days in the ashram and how it has evolved into the place we know today. From being a coolie helping with the construction of the Matrimandir to being the pioneer for surfing in Auroville, Patrick’s days are enriched with interesting anecdotes and experiences. He also shares with us what it means for him to be a true Aurovilian, and which of The Mother’s teachings resonate with him the most. His story is told to the backdrop of the song ‘In My Life’ by The Beatles, a song about loving the memories created in places that have changed for better or for worse.

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