To act as a bridge between Auroville and its surrounding villages and to keep alive the local rural Tamil cultural & heritage.
How we started
It began as an effort of young people surrounding villages bring their energy to renovation oldest building – to set up an institution to celebrate the myriad cultures of the numerous people of Tamilnadu and Pondicherry. In an era when the old and traditional are vulnerable and challenged, this nucleus of an idea triggered a cultural journey. Inspired by the young people who have been involved in Mohanam and local elders of the villages, Mr.Balasundaram and his friends set out to found Mohanam centre for cultural and heritage on July 14th of 2001. Mohanam is a, nonprofit, non government organization is under Auroville village action group, was conceived as its main project. With the support of like-minded executive members and volunteers and financial support trough from visitors, well wishers. Today Mohanam successfully showcases the rich cultural heritage of Tamilnadu. It reflects the beauty, traditions, innovations and the continuing evolution of South Indian arts and culture.
Mohanam Cultural Centre is the work and realisation of a group of young men from the surrounding villages of Auroville, the universal city located near Puducherry. Young Tamil men who work in Auroville, from different villages created the heritage centre to be a bridge between the traditional and the modern, the old and the young, between what is happening in Auroville and what is unfolding in the villages around.