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Evening Raga at Pitanga

Uday Bhawalkar started his rendition at Pitanga Cultural Centre with Rag Pooriya, an evening Rag. This was followed by another Rag after a short interval. The rendition was performed in two specific parts Alap and Bandish. He is one of India’s foremost exponents of Hindustani vocal music in the Dhrupad tradition, the oldest existing form of Indian classical music. The nature of this music is spiritual and is based more on a sense of worship than entertainment. The music did induce a feeling of peace and contemplation in the listener.

Uday Bhawalkar was accompanied on the Pakawaj by Pratap Awadh and vocally by his students, Sagar and Jaisingh. This is his fourth visit to Auroville and he is also offering workshops.

Comments: 0 Date: 02 Aug 2011


Mostly friends and family members gathered last Saturday 16th of July at ‘Purple’ to spend an evening in the pleasant company of Suryan and his sweet voice. A still, warm summer night contributed to the soft mellow mood of Suryan and the Purple patrons as well. Songs, some old, some new, some redone, invoked feelings, emotions, sparks of vibrant energy which kept us all in place for almost two hours. And as we knew all along, Suryan proved once again that he’s capable of performing a solo concert, creating a blissful atmosphere.

Comments: 0 Date: 16 Jul 2011

Parvathy Baul and Latif Bolat on Stage

It felt like the spirit of the Divine had investigated the Sri Aurobindo’s Auditorium at Bharat Nivas while Latif Bolat and Parvathy Baul sang and read mystic poetry during their common concert on Saturday April 30th evening. The Sufi Scholar and Musician ended his stay at Auroville offering some talks on the history of the Sufism journey, reading contemporary poems and playing some of his compositions. To finish his play, Latif Bolat chose a song based on the “Hiroshima Poem” reminding that “mysticism is not a dry abstract something out here” but it has been involved in society, social justice and human goodness since always.

Pavathry Baul then took over the stage raising the attention with the sound of here Nupur on her feet and here inseparable instruments, a Guggi (Drum) and an Ektara. For five songs, Pavathry was altogether a beauty, a storm, a child or a tiger, with a voice coming from an other spiritual dimension. As the Bengali Artist said: “Mind is like a butterfly, it is always attracted by the fire” well, during this evening, as she was singing and dancing, Pavathry Baul was the butterfly and the fire of all minds in the Auditorium.

Comments: 0 Date: 30 Apr 2011

Jacky Mouvillat`s Concert

Jacky Mouvillat’s acoustic concert took place on Friday evening, April 8th 2011, at Pitanga’s Cultural Center. The "Stick Chapman" musician performed with the delightful French singer Anaka and the Tabla Master, Manosh Bardhan. For more than an hour, the trio graciously played, combining the innovative talent of Jacky with the harmony of the Indian Tabla rhythms, offering an elegant fusion-music moment. The occasion offered as well a chance to discover the "Stick Chapman" instrument wideness of sonorities. Captivated by Anaka’s charming voice and beauty, the audience was thrilled.

About fifty persons had joined to assist "Stick Chapman" player Jacky Mouvillat’s concert. Passionate by design and music, the French musician has chosen to dedicate his talent to an incredibly original American instrument named a "Stick Chapman". With a similar design to a guitar neck, the Stick Chapman can range up to twelve strings and it recalls the same techniques as for playing on a keyboard. According to singer Anaka, there are less than 150 professional musicians playing the Stick Chapman in the world and each "stick" is an original creation. The charming trio seduced its public with some very soft and well balanced strolls, sang either in French or in English. One of them, "Le Rêve Bleu", aimed at magnifying Auroville. The beautiful vibrations of the band spread out in a very friendly and attentive ambiance. In the end, Anaka’s lack of microphone turned the concert into a very intimate, sensitive and delicate moment. Jacky Mouvillat and Anaka met with Manosh Bardhan four years ago, while playing at the Alliance Française in Puducherry. They came this time to Auroville to register part of their coming album, to include Indian sonorities and form the trio again. Jacky Mouvillat’s coming record is expected to be released within the coming six months. Watch out for it! For further information : – Jacky Mouvillat’s latest news are on his Facebook and Myspace pages – Anaka’s universe on – The story of Manosh Bardhan on


Concert de Jacky Mouvillat’: l’élégante fusion du "Stick Chapman" et des Tablas. Le concert acoustique de Jacky Mouvillat, s’est déroulé vendredi soir, 8 avril 2011, au centre culturel de Pitanga. Le musicien était accompagné de la très gracieuse Anaka au chant et de Manosh Bardhan aux tablas. Durant plus d’une heure, le trio complice a su allier les résonances du «’Stick Chaptman’» aux rythmes des tablas. Bercé par la voix mélodieuse d’Anaka, le public était sous le charme. Près d’une cinquantaine de personnes s’étaient réunies pour assister au concert du joueur de «’Stick Chapman’», Jacky Mouvillat. Passionné de formes et de musique, ce savoyard consacre désormais son talent a cet instrument américain tout à fait original. D’une forme proche d’un manche de guitare, le Stick Chapman peut posséder plus d’une douzaine de cordes et fait appel aux mêmes techniques que celles du piano ou du tambour. Selon la chanteuse Anaka, il existe moins de 150 joueurs professionnels de cet instrument dans le monde et chaque «’stick’» est une création originale. Durant plus d’une heure, le trio a su charmer son public avec des balades d’un rythme très doux, chantées en français ou en anglais et faisant, pour l’une d’entre elles, référence à Auroville -le «’rêve bleu’». Les belles vibrations du groupe ont ainsi résonnée dans une ambiance très amicale et attentive, et l’absence de micro de la chanteuse a finalement teinté ce concert d’une couleur intimiste, sensible et délicate. Jacky Mouvillat et Anaka ont rencontré Manosh Bardhan, il y a quatre ans, lors de l’un de leurs concerts à l’Alliance Française de Puducherry. Ils sont revenus, cette année, à Auroville, enregistrer une partie de leur prochain album pour y inclure des sonorités indiennes et reformer, pour un temps, le trio. Le nouvel album de Jacky Mouvillat est prévu dans les six mois à venir. Une sortie à suivre donc’! Pour plus de renseignements’: – l’actualité de Jacky Mouvillat sur ses pages facebook et myspace – l’univers d’Anaka sur – l’histoire de Manosh Bardhan sur

Comments: 0 Date: 08 Apr 2011

Auroville Choir Concert Weekend

Featured in today’s news is an interview with Nuria, who conducts the Auroville Choir,who creates a space, an atmosphere that brings out the joy and willingness in us to sing together in peace and harmony. This weekend’s concert 19th and 20th March at Pitanga will be sung acappella and, in this concert, there will be a surprise!

In all circumstances of life you must always be very careful to guard against despair…the habit of being sombre, morose, of despairing, does not depend on events but on a lack of faith in the nature…one who has faith, even if only in himself, can face all difficulties, all circumstances, even the most adverse without discouragement or despair, fighting like a man to the end. +an extract from a comment from the Mother on an aphorism from Sri Aurobindo

Comments: 0 Date: 18 Mar 2011

Indian Classical Music

Bharat Nivas presented last Wednesday the 16th of February, the Classical Music Concert: Dhrupad, By Uday Bhawalkar, accompanist on Pakhwaj : Sri Pratap Awad . DHRUPAD is solemn and dignified in expression, characterized by its grace and clear structure. Uday spent over 12 years studying and living in the traditional guru-shishya parampara with Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar (Vocal) and UstadZia Mohiuddin Dagar (Rudra-Veena), the towering pillars of the Dhrupad tradition. Uday has performed in many countires.

Comments: 0 Date: 22 Feb 2011

One of Johnny`s Latest and Best

Today’s news features a short passage from an interview with Johnny that centers around housing: permanent housing, movable housing, temporary housing, likely a viable solution to the ubiquitous shortage of housing? The interview in its entirety will be available next week. Announcements include Rock Your Soul, a Pop-Rock-Blues Concert tomorrow at Visitors’ Centre plus an invitation to the Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony for the Auroville Institute of Integral Health on Monday morning.

You do the wrong thing ten times for every time that you do the right thing… but when you do the wrong thing you must not give up everything in despair, you must not be in a hurry, you must not be impatient, you must be very persevering…and tell yourself that the Grace will never abandon you and that next time it will be better…extracted from a passage by the Mother.

Comments: 0 Date: 18 Feb 2011

Building the Future

All activities happening in Auroville have the aim to construct the city we all want. Planning, Development, Education, Sustainability, Arts. The news today give a glimpse of all this aspects of our community. Starting with a interesting interview with Renu, from L’Avenir Communication Plataform, that shares with us their actual challenges and efforts to make the growth of Auroville a matter that brings all us together. In this same line we have the announcement of two workshops: Sustainable Building and Modern Architecture. On arts: Indian Concert and Adishakti Festival ( From our schools: Nandanam invites we all for their joyfull open house!

Nature of the world knows not God only because it knows not itself; when it knows itself, it shall know unalloyed delight of being.Sri Aurobindo

Comments: 0 Date: 16 Feb 2011

Concerts in Auroville

Today we feature a small part from the concert about Contemporary Compositions in Sound that happened at Pitanaga yesterday with artists Maarten Visser on saxophones, Robbert Van Hulzen on drums and Holger Jetter on electric bass violin. The full version you can listen here at AurovilleRadio. On activities we have Legends of Birth, A theatre research collaboration with Finland. At the Visitor’s Center at 6:30 pm we have a presentation of the work of the Street Theatre Performer Andju. All are welcome! Adishakti presents the Soorya Festival Pondicherry- 2011, starting tomorrow Thursday the 13th.. Pongal is coming and with the celebrations we have a few services that are going to be closed, be aware of each one!

All that the Light from above asks of us that it may begin its work is a call from the soul and a sufficient point of support in the mind. This support can be reached through an insistent idea of the Divine in the thought, a corresponding will in the dynamic parts, an aspiration, a faith, a need in the heart. Sri Aurobindo

Comments: 0 Date: 12 Jan 2011

FM waves in Auroville

What is the real value on having a FM radio in Auroville? In this talk, Daniel, one of the first AurovilleRadio team menbers and a constat suporter of our ideals and goals, shares with us his on view on this very important subject. We also have a call for our record of the last meeting of L’Avenir team and the community to update the residents of Auroville on their main work and challenges so far. Mandala Pottery is on Sale, Udavi School has a very complete cultural program and Emergence is sharing with the community their last work. To end the news, our last goodbye to our friend and brother T.S. Mani.

Comments: 0 Date: 22 Dec 2010
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