Chitra

This is to inform the community that in the afternoon of Thursday 13 January, our dear friend and sister Chitra Balaguru passed away due to suicide in her Humanscapes home, which she shared with her husband Balaguru and daughter Praveena. She was 39 years old.

Originally hailing from Chennai, Chitra came with her husband and small daughter to Auroville in 2013 and officially joined in March 2016. Having experience with senior care, she naturally gravitated towards the Auroville Health Services where she has been working as hygiene inspector and care giver for almost ten years. She was much appreciated by both AVHS and the many recipients of her care, who saw her as a conscientious, friendly and always uplifting presence in their lives. She will be sorely missed.

Chitra’s body was cremated at the Auroville mandappam in the morning of 15 January with members of family and friends attending.

Thank you, Chitra, and may you find peace. Our warmest condolences go out to the family.

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Peggy Rustomji

In the early morning of 15 December, Peggy, the mother of Jehangir and Rishad Rustomji, first generation of students of Auroville, passed away in her home in Kodaikanal. Both her sons were with her during the time of transition.

Some of us affectionately remember her sitting in the school bus that would bring students and teachers from the Ashram and Pondicherry to Auroville in the seventies, – in those halcyon days when we embarked on the Auroville adventure on an empty canvas.

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Surya

With deepest sadness Auroville mourns the loss of one its young: Surya, son of Mani and Saroja of Douceur met in the early hours of Sunday 5 December with a road accident near Pondy and passed away due to his injuries. He was 25 years old.

Surya had finished his higher education here in Auroville and had recently started working with the new Solar Kitchen team.

After the body was received from Jipmer hospital, the last rights were honoured at his parental house at Douceur, and cremation took place at 6pm the same day, 5/12, at the Auroville Mandappam near Adventure, with many Aurovilians, young and old, as well as friends from surrounding villages attending and grieving. So suddenly losing this open, bright and friendly youth had come as a heavy shock to us all.

Our utmost love, care and strength go out to both Saroja and Mani for this terrible ordeal they now have to go through for a second time.

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Chellathai

This is to inform the community that our long-term friend and sister J. Chellathai from Dharapuram left her body in the late afternoon of 3 November in Pondicherry’s General Hospital at the age of 73. Having suffered a stroke last year and being diabetic, she died from a gangrene infection.

Recruited from the Cuddalore Handicraft department by then Aurovilian Bryan Walton, Chellathai arrived with her mother Mary Ponammal in Fraternity in 1973. Being highly skilled in korai pai grass mat making, they were very welcome in Fraternity’s handicrafts world and became integrated part of the community. Eventually Chellathai became head of Fraternity’s new Korai Pai Department and trainer of some of Kuilyapalayam’s youth. The mats became an important product for many Aurovilians, and even from the Ashram orders came in. In due time she married Mohan, a fine carpenter in Fraternity, and the father of Tixon.  The whole family became part of Fraternity’s handicraft set-up and went through the community’s ups and downs of that time. Chellathai was the elder sister of the late Stephenraj, and lived her later years with her son Tixon and his wife Vanitha in Malarchi, a small children’s boarding in New Creation.

Our warmest condolences go out to her sons Lalit (expired, ex-employee of AVES for 30 years), Sebastian, Johnson, Tixon and Philip, and their families.

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M.Durai

This is to inform the community that in the morning of 26 June, our friend and brother Aurovilian Durai Munusamy passed away at the age of 55 due to suicide near his house in Agni. Hailing from Edeyenchavadi village, Durai had been with us since ’92 and worked at Savitri Bhavan as garden supervisor.

His remains were cremated in the afternoon of the same day.

Thanking Durai for having been and worked with us so long, we extend our deepest condolences and strength to his wife Uma Lakshmi and their children, 12-year old twins Lithika and Rohith.

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Jothi

With a heavy heart we inform the community that Aurovilian A. Jothi passed away at Jipmer hospital in the afternoon of 28 May.

Jothi joined Auroville in 2005 after marrying Ganesh. A happy spirit, she worked at FarmFresh for 5 years, then at PTDC for five years, and the past 1.5 years at Sunship.

Since 2018 she had been suffering from an auto-immune disease. Two weeks ago she contracted Covid19 and was admitted to Jipmer. Her body was cremated on 29th afternoon in Karuvadikuppam.

Our condolences go out to her husband Ganesh. Their daughter Sagarika and son Avinesh.

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Kailash Jhavery

Kailash Jhavery passed away at the age of 94.

Kailash was an Ashramite whom the Mother had appointed in the early seventies as secretary of the Sri Aurobindo Society’s UNESCO section in which capacity she wrote a booklet on Cultural Pavilions for the same. It became an important historical document as part of her task was to promote the ideas of Auroville’s International Zone.

She also wrote ‘Auroville and Education’ and other papers, and was quite instrumental for Auroville in the early years. Many long-term residents know her, and Richard Pearson, with whom she often came to the site.

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Manoj Das

We would like offer our homage and reminiscences to Shri Manoj Das, a senior sadhak at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, who passed away on the 27th of April.

Many of us knew Manoj Da through his various talks and personal contacts in Auroville. Manoj Da came to the Ashram in 1963 and since then was teaching at the Ashram School. Behind his calm and sweet presence was a great literary stalwart of modern India. He wrote in English and Odia short stories, articles and novels. In his home state Odisha, his writings became an instrument for many to get connected with the Mother and Sri Aurobindo. A household name there, he is considered a legend of Odia literature. He is also known as one of the greatest story tellers of modern India. Many awards and recognition came his way, including Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan, the highest civilian awards of India. Despite his great achievements he was a sadhak first and foremost. While telling stories he was a child talking to children. The connection was instant and the impact lasted, for many, a lifetime. Auroville held a special meaning for him which brought him regularly here to either give talks or meet friends.

Manoj Da always remained humble, always approachable, always smiling, always ready with a story with a deep message to connect to a higher consciousness. His presence will be deeply missed.

On behalf of all residents of Auroville we offer our homage to the great servitor of the Mother and Sri Aurobindo.

The Working Committee
(Anu, Arun, Chali, Hemant, Partha, Sauro, Srimoyi)

Parvathi Jaiswal

In the very early morning of Friday 23 April, Smti Parvathi Jaiswal, mother of Giridev and Himal, passed away due to a stroke. She was 90 years old and had been living in Ami with her sons and grandchildren, who will sorely miss her.

Parvathi’s remains were buried at Auroville’s burial grounds the same day. Our warmest condolences go out to the family.

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S. Bhavani Shankar

This is to inform the community, that our beloved Manager Mr. S. Bhavani Shankar, a senior Aurovilian, who worked with us from March’1991 to October’2011, has passed away peacefully in his native place Kurnool Dist, Andra Pradesh on Monday 03rd January 2021. He was accompanied by his Son and Daughter.

He was a diploma holder in Mechanical Engineering and worked as a Principal in a Private I.T.I. firm at Kurnool District. He also represented Senior State Volley Ball team of Andra Pradesh. After becoming the devotee of the Mother and Sri Aurobindo, Mr. Bhavani Shankar had come to visit the Ashram during his early days.

After that he joined Auroville in the year 1991 and stayed in Promesse community from his early days till 2011, when first he left Auroville due to elderly age problem. Then he returned back to Auroville after 2 years and started staying in Inspiration Community and stayed there until 2018, when he finally left Auroville again due to his age.

We, the Staff of Auroville Electrical Service, along the whole community of Auroville extend our deepest condolences to the bereaved family members and pray for him and his family members.

REST IN PEACE, SIR.
Auroville Electrical Service