Last updated: 4 Feb, 2023


Our friend and brother Matriprasad passed away at the age of 65 in his apartment at Prayatna. His body was found around noon on 26 January; he had earlier informed his colleagues that he felt unwell and wouldn’t come to work for a few days. The cremation of his remains took place at the Auroville Cremation grounds in the afternoon of the next day.

Matriprasad (Marco Zaccanti) came to Pondicherry and Auroville for the first time in 1978 with a group of friends from Italy. In the mid-80s he settled in Auroville in the Existence community and was active with forestry work, the Auroville Council and the Entry Board of which he was presently a member. He was a silent and persevering presence who will be missed by his friends, colleagues and all those who knew him.

Our condolences go out to his Auroville family, Ana and her daughters Jivatma and Amrita, as well as to his family in Italy.

From his Auroville family:

Dear friends,

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Matriprasad and would like to invite you to join us in our prayers and loving remembrance of him. He has been a dearly loved member of our family since our arrival in Auroville and has made our lives brighter with his warmth and affection, his quiet wisdom, and his irrepressible wit, playfulness, and humour. His memory will always remain in our hearts, as will the strength of his faith and commitment to Auroville's ideals. 

With love,

Ana, Amrita & Jivatma

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