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The majestic cobra woven around what looked
like a torch stood out against the pale yellow background. Sharing
space on the wall was another painting that reminded me of a rainbow or
maybe a hippie. Must be because of all the vibrant colours splashed on
the canvas.  I was in Auroville near Pondicherry, except this time i had
decided to explore the place little more than usual.

Curious to know
the artist’s name, i peered into the canvas when a voice resounded in my
ear, “These are by Hufreesh Dumasia,
she is from the Auroville village” she said before i could strike up a
conversation. Minutes later, i spotted her speaking to a lady. Beckoning
me with the wave of a hand, she introduced me to the other lady saying
she was the one who had created the masterpieces on display.

auroville front
Striking up a conversation, i learnt that
hailing from Mumbai, Hufreesh is one of the artists who has made
Auroville their home. She came here to pursue higher studies, but today
has settled here and has initiated a project with the sole focus of
bringing together artist from various corners of the country and the
world. She is keen on spreading the value of art and its role in a
community life.
auroville tee
Auroville is a township created by The
Mother to unite people of the world, and there are many who have made
this village their home. They work, contribute towards the upkeep and
sanctity of the place apart from pursuing interesting careers like art,
music, dance and teaching languages to students from around the town.
Hufreesh mentioned there were quite a few
who were very talented, had been painting for years and  have had shows
across the world. “I am so much at peace and have begin to look forward
to every day since moving to Auroville. My life before was such a stark
contrast. 
Now when i pick up an empty canvas, i simply let my mind
wander, i don’t have an agenda, i don’t have any ideas, i just let my
hand weave the magic” she chirps with a big smile lighting up her face.
Before i could ask her more, she was called away dashing off with a “Au
Revoir” [Good bye in French].
auroville path

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Everytime i have made a trip down to
Pondicherry, i have spent a couple of hours at Auroville. But this was
the 1st time i had wanted to do something different and meeting a
resident of the village was definitely a surprise rendezvous. I spent a
few minutes looking around at the other paintings before walking down
the path towards the Matri Mandir. The gentle drizzle and silence
around made it quite an experience.I got back to the parking lot
wondering if there was a way for me to spend some time in this
Auroville village!

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