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Peacebuilding in Aikiyam School

This morning, everyone was invited to come to Aikiyam School in New Creation to participate in the unveiling of colorful Peace Flags painted by Tamil children from Auroville’s surrounding villages. What does ‘Peace’ mean to the kids? How did they get motivated to express their understanding of Peace in an artistic way? Deborah from America, who has come to Auroville as a volunteer, has been working in Aikiyam School for two months and explains to us the project’s background and the philosophy of her work.

Some parts of the program are translated in Tamil.

Comments: 0 Date: 20 Mar 2012

Mystic Kabir

Auroville will be richer from this year on also for the first sacred music festival – Kabir, which will happen on 6th, 7th and 8th of April. Moghan, one of the Auroville Performing Arts Group member, and one of the organizers talks with us on the festival itself and shortly about Kabir, a mystic poet, who was beyond any religion but had a beautiful mystic experience being one with the Divine. The poetry and music itself is very touchy, simple and speaks directly to the heart. It is joyful as the meeting with the spirit of Divine should be.

Between the conscious and the unconscious, the mind has put up a swing:
all earth creatures, even the supernovas, sway between these two trees,
and it never winds down.

Angels, animals, humans, insects by the million, also the wheeling sun and moon;
ages go by, and it goes on.

Everything is swinging: heaven, earth, water, fire,
and the secret one slowly growing a body.
Kabir saw that for fifteen seconds, and it made him a servant for life.
Kabir – Mystic Philosopher/Kabir ranks among the world’s greatest poets. In India, he is perhaps the most quoted author, with the exception of Tulsidas. Kabir has criticized perhaps all existing sects in India, still he is mentioned with respect by even orthodox authors. His “ramaini” “shabda” “sakhi” (sections of his “Bijak”) are accepted by Hindus and Turks alike. He spoke without discrimination for the good of all. He lived perhaps during 1398-1448. He is thought to have lived longer than 100 years. He had enormous influence on Indian philosophy and on Hindi poetry.

His birth and death are surrounded by legends. He grew up in a Muslim weaver family, but some say he was really son of a Brahmin widow who was adopted by a childless couple. When he died, his Hindu and Muslim followers started fighting about the last rites. The legend is that when they lifted the cloth covering his body, they found flowers instead. The Muslim followers buried their half and the Hindu cremated thier half. In Maghar, his tomb and samadhi still stand side by side.

Comments: 0 Date: 19 Mar 2012

Bala Baskar, Kabir and Children

The Auroville Community will have an opportunity on March 22 at 6pm at La Terrace to welcome back Mr N. Balabaskar, our new Secretary and at the same time, to bid farewell to Mr S. Loganathan, who has been the Acting-Secretary. Kabir festival of sacred music will happen here in Auroville on different location on 6th, 7th, 8th of April. In today’s news we feature excerpt of interview with Moghan on it. On Saturday 24th at 7pm children of Deepanam School will share with us their annual cultural show in the form of musci, songs, dance and plays.

He who chooses the Infinite has been chosen by the Infinite.Sri Aurobindo in The Synthesis of Yoga

Comments: 0 Date: 19 Mar 2012

Radha Bhav by Parvathy Baul

Parvathy Baul, so well known to Auroville audience and always warmly welcome for who she is, what she quietly yet firmly stands for, this time organized the Tantidhatri Festival. Her own journey as a Baul singer has not been one lined with roses, but the call for it was stronger for her. In her play, her songs, her mesmerizing voice and passion and energy brought to life a universal story of love. Her paintings, as part of the performance, vividly depicted the characters of Rahda and Krishna and others.

Extract from the festival brochure: Parvathy Baul, who has been performing in India and abroad since 2000, is well known for her masterful solo rendering in the oldest style of Baul song and dance. These songs deal with universal love, the human body and the universe. Yesterday, Parvathy sang ‘Radha Bhav’ which tells the story of an unconditional love between Radha and Krishna. While she was performing, she used self-created paintings to visualize the story. It is impressive how Parvathy manages to sing, dance and play three instruments at the same time.

Comments: 0 Date: 15 Mar 2012

The Castle of Holstebro

As part of the Tantidhatri festival, this play was performed in Cripa last thursday. It is played solely by Julia Varley, an artistic director, writer and above all member of Odin Theatret in Denmark.
Written by Eugenio Barba, The Castle of Holstebro is a dialogue between a young woman and her eternal companion following the lines of a “stream of consciousness”, set in a phantom castle. Two entirely different characters played by just one person is quite a thing to witness. A moving play filled with music and monologues/dialogues.

Comments: 0 Date: 15 Mar 2012

Women in Tamil Theater

Kalaairani was born in Tamil Nadu and is a well known actress. She is part of the Tantidhatri International Womens Performance Arts Festival in Auroville and yesterday she performed in the MMC Auditorium. Kalaairani was telling her familys story and explained the difference between cinema and theater. More than once she made the audience laugh out loud by her funny way of narrating. Maybe it is because of her ‘Tanglish’, a humorous mixture of English and Tamil, that her acting is so special and hilarious.

Comments: 0 Date: 14 Mar 2012

The Tradition of Kamigatamai

This is a performance called ‘Yuki’ by Keiin Yoshimura from Japan. It is one of the most popular jiuta dances which tells the story about the Japanese woman Yuki who decides to become a nun in a monastery. Accompanied by traditional Japanese music (Soh Sugiura) Keiins sublime movements and her fascinating appearance impressed the audience. After her dance, the visitors were given the chance to ask questions and get to know her a little better. Programme in English and Japanese.

This performance is part of the Tantidhatri International Womens Performing Arts Festival.

Comments: 0 Date: 14 Mar 2012

Being Actress in Bengal Theater

Rwita Dutta Chakraborty was born in North Bengal and has always been into creative arts. She has become an actress for television and stage-plays and is now well known in the Bengal theater scene. After a short presentation about her Guru Tripti Mitra, who inspired her in her work, Rwita impressed the audience by her solo performance. She picks up the telephone and starts the play… Listen to the monologue in Bengali. This performance is part of the Tantidhatri International Womens Performance Arts Festival in Auroville.

Comments: 0 Date: 14 Mar 2012

Ceramics Exhibition in Pitanga

Priya Sundaravalli from Tamil Nadu is currently having an exhibition in Pitanga. Over 300 ceramic objects, which are all very unique, can be visited until the 24th of March. Her art is quite unusual and the thin shapes of her creations make the items look fragile. Instead of thinking and planning her work, she is trying to let her inspiration flow freely and allows herself to do whatever is coming up. If items crack she repairs them with a Japanese technique: ‘Nothing is a defect, accidents are seen as part of what is supposed to happen.’

Exhibition at Pitanga from the 9th of March until the 24th.
8am – 12.30pm and 2pm-6pm. Priya Sundaravalli has lived in Auroville for 10 years now.

Comments: 0 Date: 13 Mar 2012

Voice Polyphoniques – Tantidhatri

On 13th at Cripa the Voice Polyphoniques, a vocal women group made by Brigitte Cirla, Tania Zolty and Marianne Suner, has performed Black Sea Songs in Georgian, English and French. The concert is a tribute to Edisher Garakanidse, singer, ethno-musicologist and founder of the group Mtiebi from Georgia. He taught at the music conservatoire in Tbilisi where he was a colleague of Nato Zumbadze and post graduate tutor to Nana Kalandadze, who worked with Brigitte Cirla and Helen Chadwick on the first edition of this Black Sea concert.

They all joined him on many fieldwork trips to meet singers and record songs in the different regions of Georgia. Edish came regularly to England and France to run workshops and to perform. In 1998 Edisher died in a car accident. The meeting of artists from France, Georgia and England is in homage to his spirit. He used to say : Singing is just an excuse for meeting ourselves. –

Comments: 0 Date: 13 Mar 2012
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