Mohanam is a community hub dedicated to preserving and sharing the traditional culture and knowledge of the rural villages surrounding Auroville in Tamil Nadu, India.

Address:Alankuppam, Auroville, Isaiambalam road, Puducherry 605101

Landmark: Near Imagination

Hours: Monday to Saturday 8:30 am to 5 pm

Sunday holiday

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T: 0413 262 3806 (office)

E: mohanamprogram@auroville.org.in

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OUR MISSION:

to act as a bridge between Auroville and its surrounding villages and to keep alive the local, rural Tamil cultural heritage

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 under the Auroville Village Action Group, 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.

THE CENTRE TODAY:

Mohanam Village Heritage Centre is the work and realization of a group of young men from the surrounding villages of Auroville, the universal city located near Pondicherry. Young Tamil men 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.