In 1991 Pitanga opened its doors to Aurovilians who were willing to freely share their professional knowledge in aspects of health and culture. For this reason, Pitanga was built centrally, at the community of Samasti. The building consists of two large halls and six smaller rooms. These are placed intimately around a green courtyard with a pond and fountain.
Pitanga was named by its founders after a sweetly flowering Brazilian bush, the flowers of which bring peace and harmony. The name was found to also mean 'golden body' in Sanskrit.
Architect: Rolf Redis
Pitanga is open to both Aurovilians and guests. In the season from August to March, some thirty teachers offer a wide range of classes, from Yoga to Aikido, and from Chinese calligraphy to Salsa dance. Also, friends of Auroville from abroad, who are qualified teachers, are given opportunities to conduct courses and workshops.
To these activities are added Auroville art exhibitions and performances of music, dance and theatre. Sometimes performances are also given by promising artists from India or abroad.
Contact: Tel: 0413-2622561
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