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Category Archives: Bio Region

SEDAB – Sustainable Development

The SEDAB project (Sustainable Enterprise Development in the Auroville Bioregion) is a collaborative initiative of several units in Auroville to work with villages toward sustainable livelihoods. The enterprises set up under SEDAB are diverse, from herbal medicine production to natural building, snake venom extraction, tailoring, and more - but what they have in common is care for the environment and the people living there. A {presentation} at Unity Pavilion led by Alain and Joss described the history, vision, and impact of the project.

The presentation included short films about three of the SEDAB projects: Wellpaper, snake venom extraction, and natural beauty care. We are encouraged to contact the SEDAB team with any ideas for further enterprises, especially for village women.


Comments: 0 Date: 26 Aug 2013

12 Qualities at LEC

Life Education Center (LEC) is an Auroville outreach school, providing vocational training and counseling to empower semi-educated girls from the nearby villages since 1991. In this interview, the students and some LEC teachers share personal reflections and experiences by each focusing on one of the qualities in the Mother's symbol. Paralleled in a collective visual art piece, there is also a sample of the daily chanting at LEC at the end of the session. The following are the individual names and the qualities/aspects which they explored:

1) Ranjitha - Sincerity; 2) Priyanka - Humility; 3) Susheela - Gratitude; 4) Manjula - Perseverance; 5) Shivashankari - Aspiration; 6) Indrani - Receptivity; 7) Sridevi - Progress; 8) Krupa - Courage; 9) Devi - Goodness; 10) Rajalakshmi - Generosity; 11) Harini - Equality; 12) Shalini - Peace; 13) Mahasaraswati - Susmita; 14) Mahalakshmi - Harini; 15) Mahakali - Krupa; 16) Maheshwari - Susmita Krupa, an art therapist working closely with several of the students, facilitated this interview, and Harini, executive of LEC, provided translations throughout from Tamil into English. Susmita teaches somatics/body awareness sessions to the girls, and Indrani is a former student who now handles the day-to-day maintenance at the center.


Comments: 0 Date: 31 Dec 2012

Panchayat at Town Hall

Wednesday meeting of the leaders(panchayat) of villages in the Auroville neighborhood tried to raise awareness of local population on what Auroville stands for - from the beginning to today. Recording is in Tamil, and you can find Tamil text

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Comments: 0 Date: 13 Jun 2012

New Water Policy?

Taking into account the regional context, the current choice that has supported the development of Auroville up till now (that is to tap 100% of the water from the aquifers), can no longer guarantee the water-security nor expected future developments. The preliminary study shows that Auroville must diversify the sources of water supply. Among the possible resources, rain water and its management in the form of surface water seems to be one of the most promising. Click here to download the pdf of the presentation.

In this perspective, the Matrimandir Lake finds its raison detre and it becomes the centrepiece of a surface water system that will shape the city and bring beauty to it. The Water Cell is a group of specialists and people motivated by the issue of water, working in the field, who meet, work and exchange information to help clarify the choices for l'Avenir d'Auroville - TDC. It includes Christian T., Gilles B., Gilles G., Ellen, Kireet, Maurice, Luca, Tency, Toby, Toine and others. '


Comments: 0 Date: 21 Oct 2011

Special Education Centre

At Ilaignarkal Education Centre near Verite we had a chance to interview Aandh sir a teacher and an educator at the centre. The main thing is that people who comes there are non educated but now the students are well educated and they are in a good and comfortable work . They are teaching the students without any contribution. They don't have any structured subjects such as other schools but they try to provide to a student what he needs. Students are mostly coming from nearby villages.


Comments: 0 Date: 17 Jul 2013

Solution to a "Natural Problem" ?

With 350,000,000 menstruating women in India: what are we going to do with the waste from the newly-introduced, "modern" menstruation products? Yes, 350 million is a big number. With keen foresight, Kathy has stepped up to the plate with a team of women to try to close the bin on this massive upcoming waste production. Auroville Radio sat down with Kathy on a busy Saturday morning in Cafe Le Morgan to discuss these very current social issues and talk about opportunities for the future. Please visit ecofemme.org to find out more!


Comments: 0 Date: 03 Nov 2012

Cyclone as Message from Nature

At Auroville Bamboo Research Centre, as all around of Auroville we could hear sound of chain saw and hammers, but Balu kindly spent some time to answer our questions. Nature is giving us message - to do something together, is his observation. Him and all the bamboo centre team share sadness over fallen trees in the area as . Last week passed in cleaning and evaluating damages, and somehow Balu is of opinion that they are on this plot at industrial zone not to make a mess with many various kit roof structures but to develop it in whole,


Comments: 0 Date: 06 Jan 2012

KT Ravindran Regional Development

Aurovilles co-existence within a rapidly growing urban-rural continuum emphasizes on an urgent need to reflect upon the development patterns within the larger bio-region. Aurovilles pro-active role in the development in the region appears as the need of the hour to not only secure land use but to also induce sustainable growth patterns within the bio region. TDC initiated a platform for an interactive brainstorming session for Aurovilians actively involved in the region with our guest advisor Prof. K.T Ravindran from Delhi.

An intense brainstorming interactive session focused on ways ahead on 3 key areas/ questions--- 1. Aurovilles role in the region 2. Approach to legality 3. How to connect to the development in the region This brainstorming session with community members was a part of a 2 day workshop on Regional Development with TDC members & Prof. K.T Ravindran. K . T Ravindran has been associated with Auroville for the past several years & this is his third visit. He has been inspired by Sri Aurobindos idea of Evolution & therefore takes keen interest in Auroville. He believes that Auroville is well equipped with professionally competent ideas, what seems lacking is the harnessing of some action. He strongly recommends stepping over blocks & controversies in order to move ahead. Prof. KTR opened the session by emphasizing on Auroville being open to the Region, clearly describing in his 7 points towards Sustained Openness to the Bio region.


Comments: 0 Date: 30 Mar 2013

Mohanam Birthday

Last Sunday Mohanam Cultural Centre at Sanjeevi Nagar, on the outskirt of Auroville celebrated 11th anniversary of its existence. Happy children, parents, guests gathered to celebrate the occasion with joy. Children prepared cultural program in a dance way, but we could see pieces of their work and activities exhibited throughout the Centre. No doubt that Mohanam grown over the past years, and keeps striving for better. As such it is a bridge between local villages and Auroville trough cultural exchanges, fosters development and understanding.


Comments: 0 Date: 15 Jul 2012

Open House at Thamari

On Sunday 18th of December Thamari Center in Edayanchavdi Village will open its doors for 10am onward with a lively evening program at 6.30 pm on the rooftop. At Thamari Centre 24 children play in the morning and around 40 children of different ages participate in the after school program. In the Healing Center they will also launch a bilingual book "Blooming Thamarai" , photographic representation of the artistic and self discovery of children trough the project of doll making, Krupa was exploring body image and identity of children with it.


Comments: 0 Date: 13 Dec 2011