HOW WE STARTED
Mohanam began as an effort of young people from the rural villages surrounding Auroville, an international city in Tamil Nadu, India. The group renovated the oldest building in Sanjeevinagar and set up an institution to celebrate the many cultures of the people of Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry.
In an era when the old and traditional are vulnerable and challenged, this new institution triggered a cultural journey for the local people. Inspired by the young people and local elders of the villages, Mr. Balasundaram and his friends set out to found Mohanam Village Heritage Centre on July 14, 2001.
Mohanam is a non-profit, non-governmental organization and it was conceived as its main project with the support of like-minded executive members and volunteers, as well as financial support from visitors. Today Mohanam seeks to showcase the rich cultural heritage of Tamil Nadu. It reflects the beauty, traditions, innovations and the continuing evolution of South Indian arts and culture.