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Improvisations on Violin

Although Pitanga last night was not so crowded due to many events in Auroville, were those who have came to listen to Tyler Carson indeed an attentive audience. Tyler, a volunteer in Auroville, has shared some of his exploration on the violin over the years as part of his spiritual growth. On some parts music has evoked distant memories( Celtic folk music) trough the the physical attributes of the sound which is able to touch all parts of our bodies; and in time was the silence of just played tone that which was telling the story

Comments: 0 Date: 01 Mar 2013

Auroville, World Heritage Site?

Luigi and B back again dissolving polarities over issues. This time without any facilitation from amazing women (Marlenka, Andi Paige, or Elvira), these two guys lay out the whole fourteen year history of Aurovilles exploration of in this direction. What about visitor impact, interference in Aurovilles management, financial implications, land protection and other questions? You can hear the possibilities.

Comments: 0 Date: 26 Feb 2013

Back to Future

Dr. Christopher Macann, re-traces the journey to the Vedas. He is a European philosopher, with original work that carries the inspiration from Sri Aurobindo. Christopher Macann was born in India to a diplomatic family, educated at an English boarding school and trained in philosophy at Oxford University. Since completing his doctorate at the Sorbonne in Paris, he taught philosophy at several Universities in the USA, spent two years in Heidelberg on a Humboldt Foundation research fellowship, and lectured extensively in the UK and France.

Being and Becoming is Christopher’s major philosophical programme, the bulk of which is complete. He is now writing supplemental parts of the programme, whilst residing in a glorious chteau in the neighbourhood of Bordeaux, teaching philosophy at Bordeaux III, running marathons, and occasionally wind-surfing in Corsica.

Comments: 0 Date: 23 Feb 2013

Molecules of Love

Dr. Anand Kumar, from The All India Institute of Medical Science, New Delhi is talking about love. Dr. Kumar says that there are scientific researches about love and way to measure it (with advanced tools) on the physiological level. In the past Plato was trying to define love with mathematical formulas. Now brain scan (funcional IMR) is defining the part of brain involved in this very important sentiment. For sure love it’s the most powerful driving force of the human being . Listen to Dr. Anand & download the presentation clicking here.

Comments: 0 Date: 23 Feb 2013

The Fascination of Words

Starting with the first word fascination, and dwelling into many, which are commonly use in our daily lives when we’re talking on certain subjects-that was Prof. Edwin Zappe lecture on The Fascination of Words yesterday in Unity Pavilion in International Zone. Zappe’s lecture was fascinating to the audience, has took us to our thoughts reaching further, beyond the mental understanding of particular word. The new world has opened in front of our eyes.The joyful way of displaying the vast knowledge of Prof. Zappe has brought smiles on the faces

Comments: 0 Date: 15 Feb 2013

Chanting to Goddess Sarasvati

Nishtha has translated all main and sub-hymns to Sarasvati in the Rig-Veda. In this first lecture Nishtha brought back the rhythm and tone that was used originally in Sarasvati. So instead of having the dry mechanical tone and rhythm we now have the chants by the Rishis in beautiful poetic sounds and rhythms. Participants also had the chance to join in the chants to the Goddess Sarasvati (the flow of Divine Inspiration) as was heard originally in the vision and spiritual experience of the Rishis of the Rig-Veda.

There will be three succeeding sessions every Wednesday in Verite Hall 3-5 pm with a thorough introduction to Sarasvati taken from Sri Aurobindos book The Secret of the Veda. Nishtha has done 20 years of personal Veda studies and completed a course in higher Sanskrit studies in Auroville with Vladimir Iatsenko. Nishtha has also worked for about 5 years as Veda Researcher and gave programs of Vedic study at the University of Human Unity, Auroville and the Indian Psychology Institute, Puducherry. In 2012 he also gave Veda programs all across Germany.

Comments: 0 Date: 13 Feb 2013

Homage to Thyagaraja

Bharat Nivas, the Pavilion of India, holded the homage to Thyagaraja. It started two years back with the beginning of Telugu Samskriti Kendramu. This year the homage started in the morning with a procession with chantings from the gate of Unity Pavilion. At SAWCHU started the traditional musical homage of Thyagaraja kritis by the Auroville students, teachers and professional musicians. Songs of other composers where also offered in the spirit of devotion of the event. Shri N. Bala Baskar, Secretary, Auroville Foundation was the chief guest.

Tyagaraja was the greatest among the music composers of South India and one of the musical prodigies of all time. He was the father of modern Karnataka music and his works are of delicate spirituality, full of melodic beauty and in the highest sense artistic. As a child he as already remarkable for his predilection for music and a gift for composing and wrote his first song when he was hardly 13. Soon he reached the loftiest pinnacle of musical fames and composed the grandest songs ever written and two music plays of unequalled beauty.

Comments: 0 Date: 10 Feb 2013

Jazz in Transformation

Set in the space of art exhibition on Transformation, which is on display at Unity Pavilion in International Zone, Priscilla and Jurriaan named their musical performance Jazz in Transformation. Exceptional duo of two visiting volunteers – Priscilla with her amazing voice capable of true jazz expressions, and Jurriaan on keyboards, also very skillful, and jazz musician by heart. In that combination Friday afternoon has carried us away, partially down the memory lane of big names of jazz singers, but in all in the spaces of heart and soul.

Comments: 0 Date: 08 Feb 2013

West Africa and Yemadas

Last night event organized by Africa House and Windarra Farm at Unity Pavilion in International Zone was initiated by Isis, volunteer from Benin, currently working with several NGO’s, on Agro Ecological Federation of Benin, at Family Jah – Rastafari Community. As Isis has soon found out that in Auroville the presence of African Culture is very poor, she shared with the community pieces of African culture from West Africa. With Windarra Farm team she has put all her energy to provide the dinner, and Yemadas concluded the night with world music.

Comments: 0 Date: 01 Feb 2013

African Night, Frisbee, LUYE

We’re featuring an excerpt of interview with Isis from Benin who’s inviting the community to an Africa Night – event of the Africa House at Unity Pavilion in International Zone on Friday 1st of February from 6.30pm onward. LUYE on Saturday 2nd at Solitude Farm for the full day of amazing organic food, eco stalls, games… music for 12 hours. From 1st – 3rd of February the Auroville Ultimate Frisbee Hat Tournament will be going on on 5 fields (Certitude, Udavi, Aurodam, and 2 fields behind Tibetan pavilion)!

At every moment may our attitude be such that Thy divine Will may determine our choice and that thus it may be Thou who directest our entire life.The Mother


Just to clarify for Saturday the 2nd Feburary

Tickets will be available at the gate on Saturday for both Aurovillians and guests.

There has been 5 months of work and planning gone into this festival and there are so many expenses. We have called meetings about the festival, offered opportunities for people to come and volunteer and help organise the festival and even offered free tickets to people who disagree with the tickets system( providing they came to the farm to get the tickets before hand (this was printed 3 times in the news and notes.))
I know there are some people who are not happy with the system but no one came forward with other ideas! So please don’t make a fuss on the day. under 16s are free and the cheap ticket is 100 rupies, which we doubt is out of anyones budget. Be aware that we have to pay for stage, transport of musicians, some musician fees, mixing desk and mics etc, food for the volunteers and musicians, generator fuel and mechanic, accommodation, transport for materials, infrastructure preparation and materials ie casurina, rope, bamboo, printing, advertising, lighting and more!!
Basically we have worked hard to put on this festival and it is a unique day in the year, if you feel strongly about how it is run please come and help with next years festival but please be generous in your heart and mind for this year.
LUYE team Krishna, Andrea, Agnes, Neetu

Comments: 0 Date: 28 Jan 2013
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