SVARAM update August 2011
Music instruments and Research Station
At the same time years of studies and research in the fields of ethno-musicology and the origin of human music making, exposure to the ancient Indian musical and yogic traditions, and on the background of the richness of contemporary world music culture, could flow into the evolving process and the aspect of discovery/research was – and still is fundamental to Svaram's activities.
In the dynamic interaction of the basic survival and educational needs of the youth from the local, rural villages surrounding Auroville and the sophisticated, global background of the co-founder and director Aurelio, and craft specialist Jan, an exciting learning field evolved in which the ancient and modern, the traditional and unconventional, the pragmatic immediate action and theoretical approach often result in surprising innovation, expressing itself in an exemplary model of co-creation, bridging the differences of culture, education, background and generations.
This finds now expression in an organic matrix/framework/structure which brings together all aspects and spheres of cooperative work and innovation, and it is promising to see the engagement and interest of all its participants to create a fulfilling and healthy learning- work- and social environment. An important step has also been the recent integration of more women into the male dominated trade and workplace.
Svaram's integrated entrepreneurship approach and work begin to find larger resonance through collaboration-projects on indigenous social organism, educational materials, sound park installations and pioneering sound sources for the application in Sound Healing and Music therapy.
The Kottakarai area of the Industrial Zone of Auroville is finding through all this an invigorating impulse and besides the opening of the Saracon Campus, the SCA vegan raw food place and the new Svaram office/show/storeroom room complex with design atelier and music/class room on the roof terrace, the concept of a community plaza with, craft shops and boutiques, bakery, sports ground evolved and is in the making through neighborhood mobilization and participation.
Years of preparation have been put into the development and projected release of Svaram New Waves, a series of unconventionally tuned and designed instruments for the use in sound healing and the yoga/wellness/personal growth sector. The selected tuning systems for the strikingly simply designed instruments depart from the standard western chromatic tempered scale, and want to reintroduce through the use of just intonations systems the harmonic principles which reflect the law of proportions in the macro/micro world. It is projected that this re-discovered purely harmonic musical material can bring new awareness in our approach to sound – and reestablish the role of music in its ancient role of a sacred- and healing art necessary for the ethical alignment and harmonization of humanity.
Foremost collaborations to date are with Prof Fessmann from Mozarteum /Salzburg and his son Hannes and their sound stones (www.klangsteine.com ) and the work with Russian Bell Master Alexander Zigarev and his well known and astounding plate bells.
Inspiring students of the healing arts, Aurelio shares freely his expertise and mentors students and professionals through direct contact or programs, as well as supports the emergence of a network of practitioners and researchers in India.
In addition to international volunteers and civil servants, Svaram also mentors undergraduate students from Indian colleges, and has recently supported 2 diploma studies.
The expansion of sound awareness in education is an important sharing and contribution of Svaram into the local context. From playground designs focused on a spontaneous approach to music to programs in schools, playing the Unity Bells weekly in AV International Zone, to guided tours through the company showing the process of instrument building in detail as well as offering insights and information on musicology, or consulting on the co-creation of a new interactive museum – the members of the Svaram team follow their mission of sharing the gifts of community building, beauty and harmony that music can bring to everyone.
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