Corinne on Dominique Darr

AND THE ADVENTURE BEGINS Photographs by Dominique Darr 4th -14th February 2017 Vernissage 4pm, 4 th February Timings: 10am-12pm (including Sundays) and 2.30pm-6pm When she picked the title for her exhibition, photographer Dominique Darr, who passed away last December in Auroville, had in mind a testimony of the beginning of…

Back to Nature

"BACK TO NATURE" (as published in:http://www.artindiamag.com/Volume20-Issue-4/back-to-nature.html) An art residency at Kaladham draws inspiration from spiritual and organic worlds, notes Jaideep Sen. Wheels of Life Nausheen Bari and Marie-Claire Barsotti. Wheels of Life. Mixed media. 2016. After garnering degrees in medicine and advanced engineering, Priya Sundaravalli Sudharsan began working with ceramics…

Art as a Mirror | Krupa Jhaveri TEDx talk

from Krupa: Excited to finally have the video online and available to share! Given the relevant power of images in this talk, please find the 9 slides I compiled for reference on my blog as well as the video itself. Most (if not all) of the speakers had professional guidance…

Corinne on Paintings by Louis – The Red Door

The Red Door Paintings by Louis Pitanga, 10 - 24 December ’The Red Door' This title might arouse your curiosity , but it gets even more intriguing as you will dive deeper into the meaning of it…..suddenly everything will make sense, the painter, his paintings, Auroville, the red and the…

Art News

KLAUS BIESENBACH RECALLS THE FOUNDING OF KW IN BERLIN 25 YEARS AGO, A MOMENT OF ‘RADICAL CHANGE AND FREEDOM’ Exactly 25 years ago today, the Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art opened in a disused margarine factory in Berlin. The Berlin Wall had come down only two years before, and word…

MAgzAV #10 is out now!

MAgzAV, the art & culture magazine of Auroville is out with it's latest issue titled Elephant in the room. The magazine is provided in print in and around Auroville and online on issuu.com.

Corrine on ” The joy of life”

“Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” ~ Pablo Picasso If I had to sum up the new Art exhibit “The joy of life” by Helgart Zurmuehi opening up in le Centre d’Art, Citadine, this Saturday November 19th  this is the sentence I would choose. If an alien…

Kino Auroville kicked off

Last Saturday the newly formed Kino Auroville cell held their kick-off event at Kala Kendra, Bharat Nivas. An enthusiastic audience of 40+ showed their interest in joining the Kino movement, becoming so-called Kinoïtes. 13 ideas for short films to be made in the coming month were presented, one can be…

How to measure the swirls between the stones

poetry by Rod Hemsell How to measure the swirls between the stones: Let your gaze relax into the width and breadth of the stream that you see Where you sit and listen to the crashing falls above and below the wideness of your view Gazing upon the ever-flowing patterns ever-changing…

Sharing ideas

from The Hindu: Rendezvous with Vijayanagar, an art conclave with the theme ‘inner space and outer space’ was a visual treat for the connoisseurs of art in Bellary ‘Rendezvous with Vijayanagar’, an art conclave with the theme ‘inner space and outer space’ was a visual treat for the connoisseurs of…

Art Bengaluru

NDTV report on Art Bengaluru 2016 featuring Aurovilian artists Adil Writer, Henk van Putten and Nele Martens. Establishing itself as South India's premier modern and contemporary art festival, the seventh edition of Art Bengaluru played host to over 30 artists and 150 art works. It brought together several sculptors, painters,…

Lively Up Your Earth 2016 review

“I dream a private dream of returning to my Eden, there no effort is required, not even courage” -Masanobu Fukuoka If there is one sentence that could summarize the Lively Up Your Earth 2016 festival in Solitude, Auroville, this would be it. For many, Solitude symbolises organic, healthy food, but…

yet another statue of Sri Aurobindo

Alexey Klementyev, AVI representative in St Petersburg, sent this photo of yet another statue of Sri Aurobindo, and as it somehow touched me I thought to share it with you. The statue is made of metal (it might be bronze, says Alexey) by 34-year old Alexey Leonov, who has made…

Rendezvous with Vijayanagar – Inner Space… Outer Space…

RENDEZVOUS WITH VIJAYANAGAR - Inner Space… Outer Space… A camp for ceramic artists and sculptors Sept 12 - 27th 12 artists from Auroville and the bioregion have been invited to participate in a ceramic and sculpture camp hosted by JSW Foundation at JSW Steel Ltd (Vijayanagar Works), Vidyanagar Township, Bellary…

Paola’s presentation in Ferrara

Once again Aurovilian Paola de Paolis has been requested to present her new book "Savitri - La scoperta dell'Anima e la vittoria sulla Morte" ("Savitri, the finding of the Soul and the victory over Death"). This time her presentation and talk will be in the city Ferrara in northern Italy,…

Artistic encounters

from the Deccan Herald: Artistic encounters GIRIDHAR KHASNIS, September 04, 2016 To inform & delight Seated in her studio-gallery on Advocate Chinna Tambi Street, Kirti Chandak, 45, sips green tea with self-made ragi cookies. Cheerful and lively, the visual artist doubles up as a curator, gallerist, activist and environmentalist. Kirti…

Time for art for art’s sake

from The Hindu: Auroville’s Sankalpa Art Centre to host Art Break Day on Friday Art lovers will gather this weekend in Auroville to participate in a global initiative to dabble in free-form expression of ideas through shapes and colours. Auroville’s Sankalpa Art Centre is geared up to host Art Break…

Abstract – up-close

Going up-close is what one owes to the exhibition of abstract paintings and digital works by Juergen Puetz, which is on display at Pitanga until the 13th of September. When one meets Juergen, the first thing one notices is, not only the warmth of his eyes, but also, and even…

She rings many bells and makes them sing

from Times of India featuring Vera Lipen: CHENNAI : She was born in Belarus, a war-torn country bordering Russia, but its troubled past never disturbed her. Since childhood, she perceived the world mostly through sounds, the focus of her attention on listening and trying to understand the connection between sounds…

AVArtS report 2015/16

AVArtS REPORT 2015-2016 We closed last year and started the present with working to present Auroville in Chennai. Auroville Art Service was closely involved in all the elements of the organization of ‘What is Auroville’, the festival of Auroville in Chennai that had 30 events, including 8 art exhibitions and…

Stellar Memories – review by Chana Corinne Devor

STELLAR MEMORIES An exhibition of paintings by V. Hariraam Video Screening of ‘Art and Elusive Peace’ How would one feel about going to an art exhibition offering both abstract paintings by a contemporary Indian artist and a film about the arts in the Holocaust Museum of Berlin by this exact…

On Seeds, God and D. Saravana – by Chana Corinne Devor

A wonderful exhibition is about to end in Kala Kendra, Auroville, and with it, the non-less wonderful and touching work of D. Saravana from Pondicherry. I have never been too keen on metal art, somehow like in Chinese medicine, metal represents grief, limits and boundaries, and this is often what…

Solstice Moon

Solstice Moon by Rod Hemsell   The solstice moon has risen bright and alone, standing still, where everything is moving and truth and illusion are one.   This “time” is no longer mine nor yours nor anyone's but the One's. That's just the way it is, standing here within the…

Shakespeare’s 400th

from The Auroville Theatre Group: Here we are celebrating Shakespeare's 400th Death Anniversary on April 23rd at CRIPA. That's Macbeth, by the FOTONS from Bangalore, directed by Pankaj Tewari. Devi and Sumit in The Tempest. Savithri and Rachel in The Merchant of Venice. Sumit in Julius Caesar Savithri and Vinu…

Auroville for musical inspiration

from the Deccan Chronicle: Auroville for musical inspiration The serene township, over the years has, inspired many artists to do great things. It’s not uncommon to see foreigners coming to Auroville to get a break from hustles and bustles of city life. Erika Lernot is one such musician from Paris,…

poem by Anu Majumdhar

No one knows why this road never stops. At noon, when the sun burns your feet... there is a waterlily somewhere dozing with the frogs. When the road changes it happens without warning: like a kingfisher striking through water shaking up the frogs. You watch the world roar through your…

5 Smiles by Rod Hemsell

5 Smiles (sumi ink w/color, and words, Seattle, May 2016) by Rod Hemsell   Smiles # 1 The Lotus Pond See the frolicking lotus pond with its singing and dancing colors, its shapes resembling nature's forms, yet nothing is really there but smiles, in rice paper and ink tints, progenitors…

theatre workshop with Jill in Goa

A theatre workshop by playwright, screenwriter and director, Jill Navarre will be held on May 27 at 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at ICG, co-organised by The International Centre Goa and The Samraat Club of Panaji. It is free and open to public. For inquiry call 8698672080 or email pro@incentgoa.com.…

Thank you from Adishakti

from Adishakti We thank you all! Dear friends, supporters, donors, trustees, participants and audience members for being with us and seeing us through the ‘Remembering Veenapani‘ festival last month. We dreamed for a month long festival in the name of our teacher, Veenapani Chawla to celebrate our memory of her.…

The line and the curve

from The Hindu by Zahra Amiruddin Goud’s vivid colours and Writer’s clay and stoneware blend seamlessly to tell a story I visit Pundole Art Gallery in Mumbai on a summer afternoon, and am surrounded by walls adorned with ceramic and clay sculptures, each of which exudes a different vibe. Some…

two poems by Rod Hemsell

I sat within the lotus today, its petals were perfectly pink and white, its pillars stood in their fathomless glow supporting the hemisphere of heaven; one could see the form of the Idea engendering the body of Time, swirling into birth from the silence, filling our lives with grace and…

newsletter and other new features on this site

Damien and Christoph have been busy improving this website for the past weeks: the weekly newsletter has been re-activated, sending out the latest posts from our blackboard automatically every Friday and some special news occasionally. Subscribe by clicking the pen symbol top right or with the form further down in…

Shards of American South Cut Bengaluru

from The New Indian Express: By Anshuman U Shastry BENGALURU: Tennesse Williams’ part-autobiographical play, The Glass Menagerie, set in the late 1930s financially-troubled America is very relevant to today, says theatre artist Jill Navarre. Directed by Navarre, it was staged in Rangashankara recently by the Puducherry-based Auroville Theatre Group. “I…

Learning through dance and music

from The Hindu: Aikiyam School students take creative lessons from co-founders of The Vanaver Caravan Children in their school uniform shook tambourine and danced with partners as Bill Vanaver played Banjo and Livia Drapkin Vanaver choreographed the Sicilian (Italy) Tarantella Dance inside a UFO-modelled classroom at Aikiyam School. Aikiyam School…

Tribute to Mrinalini Sarabhai

from the Hindu: by Anita Ratnam January 21, 2016: “Vikram and I used to sit out in the open air at night and gaze at the stars, wondering what they were saying to us”. Those were the first words I heard from the icon I had admired, read about, watched…

2 NDTV Design & Architecture Awards go to Auroville

In recent architectural awards hosted by NDTV, Auroville received 2 awards and one nomination. Sindhuja got an award for socially relevant architecture and Fabian Ostner had won an award for Climate Zone (Warm and Humid). Ganesh Bala got a nomination in the same category as Fabian. Socially Relevant Design Award…

Sankalpa Milestones, Updates & Invitations

Milestones, Updates & Invitations from Sankalpa: • 3,000 people of all ages and backgrounds have created with us at the Art Cart in the last year! Through community outreach, we have been weaving groups together at various events, facilitating cross-cultural connection through original self-expression. On December 19th, we celebrated this…

artist-in-residence: Saravana

I am presently working in a studio space in Kala Kendra, Bharat Nivas as an Artist-in-Residence. I am very grateful to the Kala Kendra Team for having given me this opportunity in a beautiful environment that is Auroville. I feel it is a perfect place for any artist to work,…

Calligraphy is meditation, not just decorative writing

from an article in PuneMirror: In town for a special workshop on Japanese calligraphy, accomplished artist Jyoti Naoki Eri speaks about the transformative powers of the art and how it can depict deep emotions aesthetically Calligraphy, the evocative art of decorative writing, is something we all know as a craft…

Taking the vision of Veenapani ahead

from The Hindu: Adishakti looks to redefine itself in a ‘new avatar’ while drawing strength from her philosophy. If there was one thing the late acclaimed theatre personality Veenapani Chawla was clear about, it was that the institution that she had set up must not collapse for want of a…

Priya Sundaravalli at SYN.APSE

Art is what you respond to, what’s inside you and what frees you’ article posted by: Navhind Times October 8, 2015 in Buzz ARTI DAS | NT BUZZ Sometimes in life in order to understand our true calling we need to embark on a journey that starts at the destination.…

online catalogue of books from and about Auroville

Please help updating this online library of books from and about Auroville. http://www.librarything.com/catalog/Auroville_catalogue This catalogue was a project of Auroville Art Service and the research was done by Mariana Cortina. It is now being continued by Kristen Gravelle at SAIIER. Please keep it up to date by emailing information to…

Auroville Festival begins

from The Hindu: Through the month of March, members of the international community of Auroville will spend time in Chennai, to help people here understand their culture through the ‘Auroville festival’, which began on Sunday. Inaugurating the event, Governor K. Rosaiah said: “Right from its establishment, it has been striving…

Auroville Festival website launched

The Auroville Festival website is launched! http://festival.auroville.org/ Auroville, the experimental city in the making at the Coromandel coast some 3 hours drive below Chennai, has been quietly building itself for almost 50 years and now looks forward to give Chennaiites some insights into its unique functioning, challenges and achievements. The…

City of Dawn to descend on Chennai

from The Hindu, Feb 15, 2015 Auroville Festival set to unravel its idea of sustainable existence Art and the universal township of Auroville have a link that go beyond its conducive, green and multicultural environment. Sri Aurobindo, whose teachings resonate in the intrinsic fabric of this ‘City of Dawn,’ had…