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Ragas and Veena with Bruno

Full moon it was last Saturday at the Tibetan Pavillion. We experienced ragas sang and played on the Carnatic Veena, a meditative full moon evening with Bruno. Together we dug into the very first principles of Carnatic Music and sang to sense the tonality of swaras on body and mind.
Afterwards Bruno offered us a choice of ragas, krithis and varnams gently plucked on the Saraswathy Veena where Goddess Sarawathy stands for the arts, learning and wisdom.
Thanks for a cheerful full moon evening.


Comments: 0 Date: 05 Dec 2017

Hartmunt von Lieres piano concert

CRIPA  hall in Kalabhumi`s art centre lends itself perfectly to  improvisation on the grand piano. Mr. Hartmunt von Lieres filled the venue with colorful (over)tones still resonating in my ears.
A variety of musical scales got embellished with melodic patterns and rhythmical movements with a touch of Spanish flavor and a jazzy groove in order to create a harmonic structure. The music says it all. Just relax, listen and enjoy!


Comments: 0 Date: 04 Dec 2017

Adishakti`s Hindu Nov 2017 Fest Tour by Lail Arad and JF Robitaille

A guitar, two voices, a handful of songs, a warmly lit theater, good acoustics, and a welcoming audience are all it takes for an intimate successful evening show. As I enter the candle lit area, I feel as though I am coming home to a warm and wordly nest settled in a flourishing garden. Adishakti is a beautiful  place.

Lail Arad (London) and JF Robitaille (Montreal) brought their “We Got It Coming” Tour presented by the Hindu Nov 2017 Fest to Adishakti tonight. These artists and so much more theater is hidden between Pondicherry and Auroville. They set in with a Simon & Garfunkel song, “Hello Darkness, My Old Friend”, which sounds quite funny and right to the point at 7 pm. Short songs followed – as individuals and as a duo – such as “We Got It Coming”, some of the old masterpieces from Joni Mitchel, Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right”, Smokey Robinson’s “You Got A Hold On Me”, and Leonard Cohen’s “Bird On A Wire” – all performed with artistry, beauty and wit.

Thank you so much.
I can’t wait to see the weekly Adishakti Happenings next February 2018.
So long, Adishakti!


Comments: 0 Date: 18 Nov 2017

Deepawali 17th Oct 2017

The yearly Deepawali celebrations were a huge success. The numerous crowd filled the Solar Kitchen ground this year due to the fact that Bharat Nivas is under the construction (where our annual celebration occurs).
AV children and adults brought us different styles of performances going from traditional folk, classical dance to contemporary dance and hip hop singing.
The evening concluded with inviting all the artists on stage.
Thanks to the team of Sangamam and all the Aurovillians who took part in this wonderful celebration.
Till next year…..


Comments: 0 Date: 25 Oct 2017

Tabla recital by Sanjay Mukherjee

Saturday evening we witnessed a powerful tabla recital, supported by the sitar, by Pt. Sanjay Mukherjee showcasing various styles of tabla playing.
He is one of the most well versed musicologist and great teacher on the subject belonging to the Farukhabad Gharana of Hindustani Classical Music.
He went through different complex tabla rhythms which only connoisseurs can name. Even poetry could be recited by playing the tabla… as he commented, the fingers need to sprout vigour and emotions with supreme artistry.
Tabla and sitar blended together very well. They concluded with a jugalbandi on tabla and sitar much to the taste of the public.
The evening was organised by ARPANAA.
Thank you so much Geeta, Creativity & Mona, Yantra for this wonderful evening.


Comments: 0 Date: 17 Oct 2017

CAT on RC in Auroville

Friday 6th October there was a CAT (Creative Auroville Together) gathering on Restorative Circles (RC) in Unity Pavillion, Auroville.
Together with the Cat team we explored what RC can offer us as a community, how do they work and why do we have them.
RC is a community process designed to hold space for those in conflict.
There are 3 stages designed to identify the key factors in the conflict, reach agreements on next steps, and evaluate the results.
As circles form they invite shared power, mutual understanding, self – responsibility and effective action within the community.
The process is voluntary and open to all. Anyone can call a circle, anyone can be named to be invited to a circle and anyone can contact the facilitator and request to be included.
Most of the participants find RC a powerful tool to be used as one of Auroville`s conflict resolution options.
How to call a circle? Send a mail to restorative@auroville.org.in or speak in person to L`aura, Janet, Shanti, Helene or Kati.
Two day regular workshops will be offered (see News and Notes).
Also interesting to know that RC practices development began with the work of Dominic Barker in Rio de Janeiro in the mid 90`s in the favelas and continues with a growing community both in Brazil and internationally

Sanghamitra Das in Auroville

Sanghamitra Das rendered us a fascinating presentation on the highly traditional Baul singing and dancing tradition in Kala Kendra.
Bauls are a religious and cultural group of India, best known for their songs and poems to the god who dwells within. The term “Baul” is usually understood to mean “madman” or religious ecstatic, and Bauls often describe themselves as crazy for God.

The Baul tradition dates back to the early 8th C AD and has grown weaving together threads from Sahajiya Buddhism, Turkish Sufism and Bengali Hinduism. This powerful musical form has been recognised as a “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity” by UNESCO.

She supported herself on Ektara and Guggi drum and Suresh on cajon and Dhani on guitar took care of some added percussion and strings.


Comments: 0 Date: 13 Oct 2017

Open House Sunship

On Saturday, September 30th we were invited for an open house in Sunship. Sunship started as a next step of the Citadines experiment which pioneered an urban collective housing project with a difference.
Originally the aspiration was to do the entire building with contributions from well-wishers . Due to practical reasons, out of the 39 apartments, 20 are to give on a pro bono basis and balance the rest with financial contribution. Sunship is an experiment in a new living, offering compact personal spaces and yet be part of a harmonious collective life. There are also common areas, such as double height terraces, the dining room, laundry and maintenance are taking care for. .. and of course Sunship integrates waste management, waste water treatment, rain water harvesting, solar energy and so on…
In the morning there was a short meditation while we listened to a talk from the mother while playing her organ, followed by a talk of Anu and Louis Cohen. Afterwards we could visit some of the apartments and have a cup of tea. In the afternoon there was an exctract from the show BHU/EARTH directed by Philippe and Thierry.

Anu Majumdar’s book on Auroville

Last Thursday we had a pleasure to witness a books launch in a packed hall in Unity Pavillion. Anu Majumdar just released the book – Auroville: A City for the Future.
The occasion was graced with Anu reading from the book. Inge and Mandakini held a conversation with Anu and the audience. Books are available at Wild Seagull Bookshop.

https://www.amazon.in/Auroville-City-Future-Anuradha-Majumdar/dp/9352770285


Comments: 0 Date: 04 Oct 2017
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