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Interview with the film director and producer Yatra Srinivassan

We interviewed Yatra Srinivassan, a local film director and producer whose interests are very tied to the community in which he lives and was born. His latest films, with a social and environmental background, were screened at the just-completed Áuroville Film Festival and received various awards. We invite you to listen to his words (Tamil, English subtitled)

Pongalo Pongal

At the occasion of Pongal celebrations we are featuring special mix of hand picked Tamil songs for Pongal, and some devotional

tracklist
Pongalo Pongal
Nattupura Pattu Onnu
Eradhuthu Eradhuthu
Rasa Magan Raasanukku
Adi Kezhukkaala
Poranthachi Poranthachi
Harvest dance
Poopookkum Maasam Thai Maasam.
Valli Valli Ena Vantha
Mata Jaya Om Lalithambikai
Senthamaraiyil
Thaamaraipoovil
Thiruvilakkai
Vani Aarulvai
Om Aadhi Parasakthi
Solladi Abhirami
Navarathiri

Happy Pongal!

Pongal is a harvest festival dedicated to the Sun. The day marks the start of the sun’s six month long journey northwards (the Uttaraayanam). This also corresponds to the Indic solstice when the sun purportedly enters the 10th house of the Indian zodiac Makara or Capricorn. Pongal is a four days long harvest festival celebrated in Tamil Nadu.

On Friday, 19th of January at 4pm at Cinema Paradiso (Town Hall) “Ecology in the Anthropocene Human evolutionary heritage facing recent environmental challenges” (Presentation and Discussion) Join us on Dr. Mark Frenzel from the German Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research.

On Friday, 19th January at 7:30 pm at Pavilion of Tibetan Culture – Taiwanese Culture Night.

Matrimandir on Tuesday 16th, Pongal Karinal day will remain open from 6am to 8 am and from 4.30 to 8 pm only for Aurovilians and Newcomers.There will be no visitors’ hour and no visits for Auroville schools and children either.The Park of Unity will remain closed from 8 am to 4.30 pm.The Visitors Centre will remain closed for the day.We regret very much the inconvenience.Happy Pongal!

The Solar Kitchen and La Terrace will be closed on 15ht and 16th,

Auroville Bakery & Garden CaféWill be closed on Tuesday 16.th and they are asking you to collect your Tuesday order(s) on Monday 15th

PTDC will be closed on 16th, and they wish us Happy Pongal.

All Yoga is in its nature a new birth; it is a birth out of the ordinary, the mentalised material life of man into a higher spiritual consciousness and greater and diviner being.
The Synthesis of Yoga
Sri Aurobindo

Interview to the songwriter Omri

Omri is a young singer-songwriter who likes to experiment mixing classic motifs with new electronic sounds. We interviewed him and told us his story, his tastes and his interest in music. In video you can see the highlight of our meeting, in audio you can listen to the whole interview.

Roots and Culture #2

Second part of Roots and Cutllure mix featuring few of known musicians of the genre, such as Jacob Miller, Dennis Brown, Culture, Gregroy Isaac, Linval Thompson, and others.
Roots as a subgenre of reggae deals with the everyday lives and aspirations of the artists concerned, including the spiritual side of Rastafari and the honoring Jah It also is identified with the life of the ghetto sufferer, and the rural poor. Lyrical themes include spirituality and religion, poverty, black pride, social issues, resistance to government and racial oppression, and repatriation to Africa.

tracklist
Gregory Isaacs – Babylon Too Rough
Sylford Walker – Burn Babylon
Dennis Brown – Rasta Children
John Holt – Police in Helicopter
Barrington Levy – Black Roses
Don Carlos – Mr Sun
Culture – Why am I a Rastaman
Sylford Walker – Chant down Babylon
Don Carlos – Oh girl
Hollie Cook – Milk and Honey
Gregory Isaacs – Night Nurse
Sylford Walker – Jah Golden Pen
Don Carlos – Young Girl
John Holt – Ghetto Queen
Tetrack – Only Jah Jah knows
Linval Thompson – Jah Jah man
Dennis Brown – Bubbling fountain
Don Carlos – Chant Down
Barrington Levy – Hypocrites
Dennis Brown – Natural Mystic
Linval Thompson – I Spy
Lizzard – Milk and Honey

Songs Thorugh Time for Land

Within accompanying or fundraising events of exhibition Art for Land and Unity Pavilion (exhibition is on display until 15th of February) we had a chance to hear last night Songs Thorugh Time, singing for land – a musical offering presented by Carla and Paula.
We have heard amazing voices of Carla and Paula from opera airias , rock and jazz pieces, accompanied by Jan, Nick, Kees, and Eric.

More than 70 artists from Auroville, the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, India, and AVI centers from around the world have again joined together for “Art for Land” – all offering their creations to raise funds for completing Auroville’s Master Plan land base. Works include paintings, ceramics, photographs, glasswork, jewelry, collages, and sculpture. Some art works created by Ashram artists were blessed by the Mother.
All
donations go exclusively for purchasing Auroville’s missing Master Plan land
You can come to the Unity Pavilion, make a land donation, and receive an artwork as a gift. You can also view the collection on our online gallery and reserve an artwork via our website at
artforland.auroville.org
Donations can be made in cash at Unity Pavilion, or by check and bank transfer via Auroville Unity Fund to “Art For Land”, or via the Auroville Donation Gateway to the “Acres for Auroville land campaign. Tax
exemptions are possible for land donors in India. Shipping of works from Auroville is managed by donors at their own expense.
IN PARALLEL: Several works are available as
postcards, along with other items, complemented by a parallel fundraising
sale of donated rare photographs of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother. Proceeds go exclusively for purchasing Auroville’s missing Master Plan land.
Aurovilians and friends have expressed their solidarity by creating associated
events and activities as land
fundraisers at the Unity Pavilion.

The Legend of the Flute Player

“A long time ago in the Valley of the Great Mountains, there was a small town where lived all the greatest musicians in the land..
From anywhere in the valley, music could be heard day and night as all the musicians played their instruments so that they might be known as the best.
In this town there lived a young boy named Avvaiyar whose only wish was to play beautiful music for everyone. But Avvaiyar did not have an instrument to play ….”

Noel Parent’s book The Legend of the Flute Player, dramatized for the radio by Marion .

Roots and Culture

In today’s musical podcast we are traveling back memory lane again, featuring Roots music
Roots as a subgenre of reggae deals with the everyday lives and aspirations of the artists concerned, including the spiritual side of Rastafari and the honoring Jah It also is identified with the life of the ghetto sufferer, and the rural poor. Lyrical themes include spirituality and religion, poverty, black pride, social issues, resistance to government and racial oppression, and repatriation to Africa.

tracklist
Bob Marley -Forever Loving Jah
Mc Woner – No Fires It
Ronnie Davis – Strange Things
Bunny Wailer – Rise & Shine
African Princess – Jah Children
Dennis Brown – Revolution
Gregory Isaacs -Feeling Irie
Matthew Mcanuff – African Chanting
Enos McLeod -By The Look
Yabby You – Fire, Fire
African Son – Dread Red Dread
Don Carlos – Young Girl
African Brothers – Youths of Today
Billy Boyo – One Spliff a Day
Black Uhuru – Plastic Smile
Peter Broggs – International Farmer
Peter Tosh – Mystic Man
Alton Ellis – Rasta Spirit
Dawn Penn – You Don´t Love Me (No No No)
Fu Manchu – Dreamlets
Johnny Osbourne -Love is For Jah
Horace Andy & King Tubby -Zion Gate Dub
Mikey Dread – Roots & Culture

Pongal Events,

Within 50th Anniversary between Jan 11th – 13th , Mohanam village campus (opposite Imagination community) Kolam Sacred Mandala Workshop and Festival As part of the Pongal festival, learn to make Mandalas with the neighboring villages.

Friday 12th January at 3pm in Progress community. The YouthLink Team invite us to a presentation on our Comm4unity course.

On Friday 12th of Janaury at 8pm at CRIPA in Kalbhumi Nuria and the Jazz Quartet.

On Friday 12th at 5pm at Pavilion of Tibetan Culture – “Hidden Harmony Stronger than Obvious” Aurelio & Colleagues will share an interactive exploration in Harmonic Science, including basics of Overtone Singing.

On Saturday, 13th of January at 7.30pm at Unity Pavilion we are invited to Songs Through Time – Singing for the Land with Carla and PaulaThis is a fund-raising event in connection with the Art for Land exhibition All your donations go towards purchase of land for completing the Masterplan of Auroville.

The meeting of man and God must always mean a penetration and entry of the Divine into the human and a self immergence of man in the Divinity.
But that immergence is not in the nature of an annihilation. Extinction is not the fulfilment of all this search and passion, suffering and rapture. The game would never have been begun if that were to be its ending.

Sri Aurobindo , Thoughts and Glimpses.

Happiness Is

Overtone singing – also known as overtone chanting, harmonic singing or throat singing – is a type of singing in which the singer manipulates the resonances (or formants) created as air travels from the lungs, past the vocal folds, and out of the lips to produce a melody.
Each note is like a rainbow of sound. When you shoot a light beam through a prism, you get a rainbow. You think of a rainbow of sounds when you sing one note. If you can use your throat as a prism, you can expose the rainbow – through positioning the throat in a certain physical way, which will reveal the harmonic series note by note
Tibetan Buddhist chanting is a subgenre of throat singing, mainly practiced by monks of Tibet,Most often the chants hold to the lower pitches possible in throat singing. Various ceremonies and prayers call for throat singing in Tibetan Buddhism, often with more than one monk chanting at a time.

tracklist
Tibetan Chant – Heart Sutra
Big Om of Tibet – Monks chanting Om – Dalai Lama – Buddha
Om Mani Padme Hum (Throat singing)
Medicine Buddha Mantra
Lama Gyurme – Hope for Enlightenment
Guru Rinpoche – Padmasambhava Mantra
Gelug monks – Tibetan throat singing
Tibetan Sacred Temple Music
Tibetan Flute Music – Longing Eagle
Yungchen Lhamo – Peace of Mind
Yungchen Lhamo – Happiness Is

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