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Celebrating 50 years of Auroville and the empowering story of the "City of Dawn"

Mar 06, 2018

Celebrating 50 years of Auroville and the empowering story of the "City of Dawn"
Celebrating 50 years of Auroville and the empowering story of the "City of Dawn" | Credit: BoutIndia

Auroville, which is known as the city of dawn, is an experimental township in Villuppuram district which is in the state of Tamilnadu. In 1968 it was founded by Mira Alfassa who is known as “the mother”. To make human beings realise about their unity is the purpose of Auroville. Above all principles, all politics, all nationalities, a place where people of all counties are able to live in peace and progressive harmony is the primary intention at Auroville.

Do you all know why its name is known as “city of dawn”? Because the name of the place when translated from the French language gives a meaning where “Aurore” translates to dawn and the meaning of “Ville” is the city.

A city for “Human Unity”

People from around 50 countries are living and working here. The people are working hard together to build the new city in a communal manner. It is a great example of Human Unity and cultural diversity. Actually, the fact is that this city belongs to humanity as a whole but to live in this city one must have to be a servitor of the Celestial Consciousness.

50th Anniversary Celebration

  • This celebration happened in New Delhi because of the support from Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts and UNESCO.
  • On February 28 this symbolic ceremony was held at amphitheatre, Matrimandir.
  • On February 24 and 25, a conference was held in Bharat Nivas which was based upon a unique theme. The name of the theme was “The relevance of Auroville-India and the world”.
  • It was a week-long event which was held from February 23 to March 1. In this event, different types of performances and a conference based on different themes were conducted by the youth. The different types of themes were themes of governance, education, growth, economy, land and town planning.
  • On the grounds of International Zone, the Auroville Fair was held. So many stalls were there based on Organic farming, renewable energies, sustainable building, alternative housing, afforestation, eco-friendly lifestyle products, yoga and alternative healing remedies, waste management and upcycling.
  • From February 15 to March 1 visitors also got the chance to participate in an experimental trip to Auroville’s forests and different ecological research institutions.
  • Remembrance postal stamp and coin: On February 28 the host of this ceremony proposed the idea of a postal stamp and coin which is based on the galaxy concept of Auroville or a picture of Matrimandir.
  • For the purpose of permanent public art installations, a chain of statues was fitted across the landscape of Auroville.
  • Waste Management was included under this. For Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, several events for awareness, management, and recycling were held. These all were a collective try for clean-up project of Auroville.
  • Various programmes were held to address issues based on alcoholism, caste differentiation, women’s empowerment, and child labour and to build a good relation between Auroville and its neighbouring villages

“Auroville is the bridge between the past and the future.”