Boris Mabilat

Boris with his son Silas

Boris Mabilat left his body in Paris on 12th. He was 45 years old.

Boris came to Auroville in 1975 at age of 1 with his parents Samata and Cristo. He founded the community Reve where he had a mechanic workshop, taught many young people mechanics and in later years started Rève Guest House. His son Silas was born in Auroville in 2002.

On New Year 2001/2002, a small conflict resulted into a big tragedy. Boris was wrongly accused alongside two young Aurovilians. All three had to leave the country on a Leave India notice in 2005.

Boris found refuge in Paris with his partner Marjorine and his son Silas.

In 2008, the High Court Chennai declared the 3 boys innocent. But Boris was able to return only once, in 2010, on a Tourist Visa. His attempts in later years to return to Auroville to visit his family but his visa was always refused without explanation. It was an irony of fate that when his return to India was finally approved at the highest level, Boris passed away.

Gildo Pivetta

This is to inform the community that our friend and brother Gildo Maria Pivetta left his body on Friday, 5 April 2019, in Belgium, surrounded by his wife and children. Gildo (most people know him as Guido) had been quite unwell lately and left Auroville last month for Belgium where it was found that a terminal cancer had rapidly spread throughout the body. He was 74 years old.

Gildo who was originally Italian but lived in Belgium with his family before joining Auroville, started his newcomer process in December 2011 and became Aurovilian two years later. After some time in Luminosity, he lived the last two years in Swayam. Being fluent in French, he was individually tutoring pupils from various schools in that language and would, in the French Pavilion premises, tutor anyone else interested in the language as well.

He was an energetic, solitary man, very clean and orderly, not only in life but also in his approach to death. Nearing the welcomed end, he was very calm and clear, being profoundly grateful for what he had received in life.

Our heartfelt sympathies go out to his family.

Francesca Ivanov

In the evening of 24 March 2019, our friend and sister, Aurovilian Francesca Ivanov, passed away yesterday evening, 24 March in a hospital near her native village, Edolo, in northern Italy. She was 48 years old.

Francesca first arrived in Auroville in 2007, and started her Newcomer process in 2009. She soon started working as receptionist at Kailash Clinic. She loved the job and many of us may remember her always busy and very involved and dedicated. In 2011, a year after officially joining Auroville, she had to return to Italy to look for a job that would provide her with resources to be able to live here. Unfortunately, things did not go well for her and at the end of 2015 it was discovered that she had lung cancer.

Francesca never lost hope of returning one day. Auroville was always in her thoughts and words and prayers. Her faith has supported her for all these years without ever making her falter in the certainty of return.

Praying that she now may have returned, our warmest condolences go out to her sisters who stood by her till the end.

Henk van Putten

Our Dutch friend and brother Henk van Putten left his body on Saturday 16 February, at the age of 82. He had been taken to PIMS due to an asthma induced lung complication that flared up after his recent return from Holland. His son Jeroen and nephew Dirk were with him at the moment of passing.

Henk, and his late wife Agnus Gastmans, came to Auroville since 2001 and joined in 2004 for good. Both accomplished artists, they settled in Petite Ferme where they created their art as well. Henk was a quite known designer and sculptor, who worked with various materials such as steel, stone, bronze and wood to form the building blocks of his sculptures and multi-dimensional objects. One finds a good number of his large structures in Auroville, in Visitors’ Centre, along the roads, in gardens and other places. Not a very socially active person, Henk was totally dedicated to his work and was a much-asked artist participating in exhibitions and art fairs across Europe. In 2014 his work ‘Stretching’ won the Liu Kaiqu Excellence Award, Wuhu, China.

After a few days in the Farewell Centre, Henk’s remains were buried at the Auroville burial grounds in the afternoon of 19 February.

Saluting Henk and thanking him for his beautiful art that may enliven Auroville’s landscapes for eons to come, our warmest condolences go out to his son Jeroen and daughter Marjolein in Holland, as well as to Walter and Tina and the wider Gastmans family here on site.


A short interview of Henk talking about his work:


Devayani Martizi

This is to inform the community of the demise of Aurovilian Devayani (Augusta) Martizi, Italian, who left her body in Italy in the early morning of Monday, 11 February 2019, at the age of 72.

Devayani came to Auroville from Findhorn in 2010 and became Aurovilian resident in August 2011. These last years she lived in Swayam, and while being involved in quite a few activities, her main work was for years in PTDC’s kitchen as well as at Matrimandir.

She had been somewhat unwell the last half year and left Auroville in December to have a check-up in Italy, where things must have accelerated.

Friends describe her as a joyful woman, a person full of light, who was extremely happy and grateful to know Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, whom she called her true parents. She often spent time at the Ashram.

Devayani left her body in the presence of her daughter and two sons, in the certainty that she was going to her true home.

With warmest condolences to her family and friends, we thank her for having shared with us her joyful enthusiasm and presence.


Gérard Maréchal

On January 2nd 2019 our long-term friend and brother, Aurovilian Gérard Maréchal, left his body due to a fall caused by a heart failure in his Sukhavati home, at the age of 71. Unfortunately, his wife Fabienne and daughter Aurrimà were in France at the time but returned at the earliest.

Gérard is one of the early pioneers who arrived from France in the 1969-caravan to wholeheartedly give his energies to the Mother and Auroville. Matrimandir was his focus of work and passion from the very beginning while he also took full part in the often-tumultuous life of the community at the time. In the early nineties, he and Fabienne left for Sudan where he oversaw various construction sites through which he was also able to provide work opportunities for Aurovilians. The couple returned in 2004 to then move into their Sukhavati house. Gérard once again returned to Matrimandir, this time at a calmer pace due to some heart condition that started developing.

Quietly introvert, and deeply into Mother, Sri Aurobindo as well as Satprem, it was a wonderful achievement and timely moment for Gérard that an Auroville’s 50th publication of Sri Aurobindo’s Savitri with the French translation by Satprem and the original English edition, side by side, has just now come out. This precious book was initiated, driven and put together by Gérard, OM~

Fare well, Gérard, on the way to the Light. Our warmest condolences, love and strength go out to Fabienne and Aurrimà and all his very close friends.