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AVFF17, Gm on IZ

In today’s news we are featuring short excerpt of interview with Marco and Tlaloc on upcoming AVFF17, which starts next Saturday 16th of December, as first in the series of event to celebrate 50th Anniversary of Auroville.

#Auroville50

On Moday 11th of Decmeber at 4pm at Unity Pavilion a General Meeting of International Zone.

Today at 6 pm – Presentation on Global Permaculture and Ecovillage Projects in Pitchandikulam.

The Aruoville Theatre Group presents Shakepseare’s King Lear on 7th, 8th and 9th of Decmeber at 7pm at Adishakti Theatre on Edayanchavady Road

On Saturday 9th of December at 5pm at Cinema Paradiso MMC in Town Hall The French Pavilion presents Geo political view of Mediterranien by Nadir Benmatti .

On Saturday 9th of Decmeber at 5pm at Bhumika Hall, Bharat Nivas, Pavilion of India presentation on Sacred Community in Colombia by German Zuluaga.

The publication of the first issue of the relaunched Vaasal magazine.,and you can download the magazine here: https://www.auroville.org/contents/4355

.. asking Him to pour His Grace upon you and to make you conscious of the Divine Light and Soul in you, to give you the supreme realisation of His Presence.
The Mother


Comments: 0 Date: 07 Dec 2017

GB meetings, Nominations

RAS shares – According to the community’s Participatory Working Groups system, a number of working group members are replaced: the Auroville Council – 3 members; the Working Committee – 3 members; the Funds and Assets Management Committee – 2 members. This year we’re also selecting a new Town Development Council (l’Avenir d’Auroville).You’re invited to participate in these important events by nominating those community members that you think could be potential working group members and/or participants of the selection process.Please note, that the deadline for nominations is Saturday, August, 5..

The Working Committee says that the next meeting of the Governing Board of the Auroville Foundation is scheduled for August 13 and 14; with reports from working groups and/or individuals.

Annapurna News Letter #4

La Piscine The Life Saving Certification Course dates have been changed to August 4 – August 7.The Coach from Rashtriya Life Saving Society has also informed us that anyone who wishes to get only First-Aid Certification may do so by attending the first 2 days: August 4 and 5. The cost of First-Aid Certication only is Rs. 2500Both Life Saving and First Aid certificates are recognized internationally.

To do yoga, one of the most important things to achieve is to get rid of all attachment to the past.Let the past be past and concentrate only on the progress you want to make and the surrender to the Divine you have to achieve.
My blessings and help are always with
you.
With
love.
The Mother
10 January 1967 
Vol.15

Anathoo at Desi Cotton Workshop

Recently, Upasana held a Desi Cotton workshop that explored the ethical and ecological damage that commercial fashion ventures can do. In this recording, Anathoo, an activist, talks of the cotton value chain, and the exploitation vulnerable groups on that chain face at the hands of Big Business.

Mr. Anathoo speaking on SAFE FOOD

An interactive session with Mr. Anathoo at Sustainable Livelihood Institute (SLI)
– An activist with deep commitment towards sustainability and involved in setting up several amazing ventures related to organic farming including ReStore (www.restore.org.in),OFM (www.ofmtn.in) and Tula (tula.org.in), an orgnaic cotton initiative. He has also been recently involved with the anti-GM Mustard campaign as well as the force behind organising the National Seed Savers & Diversity Festival at Anna University, Chennai.
Mr. Anathoo clearly states how commercialization of the agriculture industry is literally poisoning our food and our lives. In his talk in SLI, he presented with some serious facts and figures clearly pointing out the trend the agriculture industry in adopting by allowing practices like genetically modifies seeds which is a great fraud to our nutritional needs but also encourages the culture of heavy fertilizer and pesticide use. He stresses on the urgency on the consumers to become aware and start demanding for standardized and organic produce which is not only healthy to human but also keep the natural cycle of cultivation in check which supports the entire biosphere connected to producing and harvesting crops.

Good eating and well being

The idea of showing people how harvesting, cooking and celebrating your food can lead to a balanced community living led to the ‘6 Days of Hundred Percent Exploration of Nutritional Security’ Project at Solitude Farm last week. In this interview with Krishna, we discuss how it all began, food as much more than just a functional necessity and how important it is to honour mother earth and the soil.

Sustainable Living in Auroville

Yesterday, at the Sustainable Living Institute in Kottakarai was a workshop conducted as a part of a Reasearch program between Heriot Watt Univeristy, Findhorn Foundation College, Scene Connect, CSR, Buddha Garden and Auroville Consultancy. The workshop was meant to learn from the local farmers about the challenges and opportunities in the Tamil Nadu farming community.

This interview is with Micheal and Andrew who are visiting academics from Findhorn Foundation College and Herriot-Watt university. They are developing sustainable agriculture and energy conserving practices . They talk about the technology being tested here could potentially be implemented at a mass scale, and help drastically reduce the unbridled consumption of natural resources. The irrigation systems being developed could result in a 60% reduction in water consumption of irrigation, reduction in compost input, increase in yield and increase in nutrient content of the harvest.

Talk about Eco Femme and Eco pro

Celia, a volunteer working with Eco Femme (started by two aurovilians and now carried on by 13 more people) talked about the initiative taken in the field of Sustainable Menstruation. She gave the details of how our recent sanitary pads (which are made of 90% plastic) usage is affecting the environment and how its going to affect in future as they cannot be decomposed atleast for hundreds of years. She talked about the products of Eco Femme, the usage of all of them and how they are sustainable as they do not contain plastics and can be reused. She explained the need to spread awareness in the field of menstruation and also asking people to be the Eco Femme ambassador to aware people about healthier menstrual practices and to help the initiative reach its goal.
It was followed by the talk of Dr. Lucas (of EcoPro) who works in the field of hygiene. He introduced the idea of Dry Toilets and talked about the importance of dry toilets, its usages, solid waste management and how the waste can be used in farming which will reduce the use of various chemicals. He also talked about EM (effective micro organisms) developed for farming, crop cultivation, improve quality of yields and later it was discovered that it can be used for waste water treatment and sanitation as it curbs smell and keep it clean. He had also faced various challenges in the way of carrying his idea forward but still continuing with it for better environment.


Comments: 0 Date: 29 Mar 2017

The Jaco Pastorius Tribute Band

An incredible performance has been played at Solitude Farm by the Jaco Pastorius Tribute Band with Mishko M’Ba electric bass, Suresh Bascara drums, Matt Littlewood sax and Aman Mahajan keys.


Comments: 0 Date: 06 Feb 2017

Marteen Visser – Solitude Farm

The jazz band that played on the 25th January in Solitude farm was amazing. The sound of the Matt Littlewood Trio was the perfect accompaniment to the incredible virtuosity of Maarten Visser’s saxophone. More than 100 people attended to this gorgeous performance in the middle of the jungle, while a bunch of volunteers were serving delicious meals and fresh drinks.

Maarten Visser – Saxophone
Matt Littlewood – Piano
Holger Jetter – BassSreenath
Srinivasan – Drums

Tracklist song
1) Blue bossa (Kenny Dorham)
2) Dolphin dance (Herbie Hancock)
3) The days of wine and roses (Henry Mancini)
4) Estate (Bruno Martino)
5) Stella by starlight (Miles Davis)
6) Well, you needn’t (Thelonious Monk)
7) Song for my father (Horace Silver)
8/9) There will never be another you – All blues (Miles Davis)

Nalaikki Fair – Can of Worms

TLC offered, as usual, a theater play, humorous twist about the latest Fertile Forest chaos – Can of Worms. And as usual, the play was a great success with abundant laughter of the audience.
The whole Nalaikki Fair, a community traditional celebration of Christmas, was a huge work of many – from YC staff, volunteers (different ways), musicians, performers, cooks, …. Johnny’s tea stall … and of course the excellent MC Jesse and Sushan
and surely without a proper sound of Matthia we would not be able to hear much.


Comments: 0 Date: 08 Jan 2017
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