Situated in the International Zone between Bharat Nivas and Matrimandir, Savitri Bhavan is a centre of education based on the vision and teachings of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. Its purpose is to gather all kinds of materials and activities that will foster knowledge and understanding of the lives, work and vision of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother and the aims and ideals of Auroville, and make them available to the interested general public.
Architect: Helmut Schmid
The Savitri Bhavan campus is located on the Crown, south of the Unity Pavilion. Its facilities have been developed on the basis of a Master Plan created in 1996. A small multipurpose building inaugurated in August 1999 currently houses a Reading Room and Digital Library. A large hall was opened in November 2004 and later integrated into the main building, which was inaugurated in 2008. The main building also contains a picture gallery dedicated to exhibiting the Meditations on Savitri paintings (prepared under the guidance of the Mother from 1961 to 1970 and entrusted to the Bhavan by the artist, Huta, in 2001), and an amphitheatre for gatherings and performances, as well as classrooms and offices for staff and researchers, but remains to be completed by the construction of an auditorium with multimedia facilities, to be known as the 'Sangam Hall'. A hostel to accommodate visiting researchers and students was inaugurated in 2012.
For more photos and information on the architecture, history and activities, see www.savitribhavan.org.
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