Issue No. 309, April 2015
The Auroville Festival in Chennai
On March 1st, 2015, the Auroville Festival in Chennai was launched at the ITC Grand Chola by the Governor of Tamil Nadu, His Excellency Dr. K. Rosaiah, in the presence of the former Chairman of the Governing Board of the Auroville Foundation, Dr. M.S. Swaminathan, dignitaries of the Tamil Nadu Government, representatives of Auroville’s Governing Board and International Advisory Council and Aurovilians. It was the beginning of a month-long programme which included seminars, lectures, art exhibitions, exhibitions of commercial products and a cultural festival, held in venues all over Chennai. How it all began. “This has a long history,” says Divya, who along with Fabienne and Elaine of Outreach Media and Krishna, Mariana and Marco from Auroville Arts Service, has been the driving force behind the Festival. “The idea originated from Mr. Bala Baskar, the former Secretary of the Auroville Foundation. He observed that Aurovi...