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 Tamil nadhu 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 Tamilnadhu. It reflects the beauty, traditions, innovations and the continuing evolution of South Indian arts and culture.
What is Mohanam Cultural Centre?
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.
Why was it established?
With globalization and the whole world adapting slowly to global culture, the cultural diversity is under threat. Mohanam Cultural Centre brings the rich arts of Tamil Nadu back to the villages and the world through its courses, programs, activities and performances. The heritage centre provides a place for villagers and Aurovillans to share in their expression of the divine, and to be a real bridge between the past and the future. Aurovillans and local people with knowledge and skills come to share hatha yoga, traditional healing, meditation, ecological harmony, health awareness and much more, with people who wish to come and learn.
Where is Mohanam Cultural Centre located?
The Centre is located in international community of Auroville, Alankuppam, Oppt of Imagination, Puducherry Union territory in India.