Located at Centre Field, the Kindergarten (above) functions for children aged 3-7, dividing them into groups on the basis of age, affinity and ability. The teaching medium is English, but Tamil and French are also taught. Activities include those which develop manual skills, concentration and the beginnings of reading and writing. Teachers also try to cultivate in the children the habit of being quiet and relaxed.
Architect: Suhasini Ayer-Guigan
Started in 1984, the Kindergarten today provides for nearly 50 children in four groups. About half are of Tamil origin, the remainder usually from some 10 other nationalities. The international coordinating team consists of half-a-dozen or more main teachers and assistant teachers plus 5 specialised teachers for music, Sanskrit song, swimming and body awareness.
Sri Aurobindo AuditoriumCultural Heart of AurovilleThe Auditorium is an impressive structure with an iconic roof projection and a 650-seat auditorium that probably provides the largest theatre seating capacity in south India. Over the years it has been the scene of creative and innovative programmes plus workshops in music, dance, art and theatre. It has also served as a venue for national and international seminars and a centre for Indian and international films and film festivals. In fact, it has acted as the cultural heart of Auroville, and the main centre of the International Zone since it started functioning.Architect: R. Chakrapani
The Unity PavilionA Versatile Venue For a Variety of EventsThe Unity Pavilion, located on the Crown Road in the International Zone, was started as a seed and catalyst for the overall development of Auroville's International Zone. Today it consists of the Unity Hall, the Hall of Peace, office space, a Geodesic Dome, an outdoor eating space, and hosts a wide variety of events.Architects: Piero & Gloria Cicionesi