“Above them is the miracle of eternal beauty, an unseizable secret of divine harmonies, the compelling magic of an irresistible universal charm and attraction that draws and holds things and forces and beings together and obliges them to meet and unite that a hidden Ananda may play from behind the veil and make of them its rhythms and its figures. This is the power of Mahalakshmi and there is no aspect of the Divine Shakti more attractive to the heart of the embodied beings.”

Sri Aurobindo


7:00 am

Spiritual Significance of flowers

With Narad

Narad is a longtime member of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and Auroville as well as a musician, poet, landscaper, horticulturist, and gardener. When he was 23, he came to the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and had his first darshan of the Mother, who made him an ashramite and gave him permission to teach music in the ashram school.

Duration: One Hour


2:00 pm

Harmony: Beauty as Necessity

In this session, let us aspire to bathe in Mahalakshmi’s sweet gladness. Her domains are harmony, and beauty. She is Love at work the veil, weaving her magic, rhythmic ease and flow she brings to all she touches. Gentle, subtle she does not press her power upon us, but awaits an invitation.

Duration: One Hour

City Circle

4:00 pm

Harmony: Peace zone & Crown

In this session we hope to explore the aspects of a Harmony which Mahalakshmi demands to organise in every thought and act as we weave our collective organisation towards peace. We will delve into the definitions of our intrinsic contradictions and explore Crown as a means of collaboration and harmonising our paths towards a conscious collective. The surroundings that are in the making, will create an atmosphere of calm, serenity and center to the city in the future.

Duration: One Hour


5:00 pm

Sri Aurobindo & Bharathiar


Duration: One Hour


7:00 pm

Sitar Recital

Sitarist Basab Sen accompanied by Shashwat Padhi on Tabla

Basab Sen started playing the sitar from the age of 12 under the guidance of Shri Anil Roy Chowdhury and Pandit Radhika Mohan Moitra at Kolkata. Thereafter he became a disciple of Shri Ajoy Sinha Roy of the famous Maihar gharana. He has created a style which is very much his own. In 1995 he settled at Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry and had been teaching sitar since then at Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education. He has been a regular performer on the All India Radio. For Basab, the sitar has always been a passion and not a profession. Shashwat has been learning to play on the tabla since he was 8 years old. He had his initial training under Shri Tarun Banerjee, a disciple of Ustad Karamatullah Khan Saheb, the then Khalifa of the Farrukhabad Gharana. After Tarun da’s passing in 2014, Shashwat has now taken up the responsibility of teaching tabla to the students of Sri Aurobindo International Centre of education. He continues his tutelage under the great maestro Pandit Sanjay Mukherjee, who is himself a leading exponent of the Farukhabad Gharana.

Duration: One Hour

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