Actupondy, the Guide to Pondicherry

arikamedu2Arikamedu was a prosperous commercial harbour under the reign of Cholas' dynasty, trading with the Roman empire to China, including Greek cities, Constantinople, Egypt and Persia. 

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Shining entry of the star circus, settled in Pondicherry for the whole month of May«circus» : in any general modern sense, circus is defined as a company of performers, traditionally a travelling one, made of acrobats, of training and taming acts, clown shows and magic tricks.

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Thirukkural @ActuPondyLove is in the air as spring is coming! Actu Pondy is offering you a cultural report dedicated to love in Tamil literature, especially in the huge work of Thiruvalluvar, the Thirukkural. Whats is the aim of this visionary book? Superiority of men.

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chief secretariatThe political organization of Pondicherry is complex between the Indian administrative and French legislative influences! There is an explanation of the political structure. 

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Miniature d'une photo de l'Alliance française de PondichéryActupondy has chosen to focus on a popular institution in Pondicherry : the French Alliance (Af). Most people know of its existence but little about how it was created and how it evolved. Dr Nallam, eminent personality in Pondicherry and President of the Af since 1999, received us for an interview...

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SANGAM poems have been compiled in anthologiesIn Sanskrit, "SANGAM" means both "meeting point", "confluence point of rivers" (like the "triveni sangam" in the north of India where three rivers gather) but it also means "coincidence". In Tamil ancient literature history, "Sangam" comes from the fact that Tamil poets would periodically meet in academies called "cankam" (sangam) to publish their work and discuss together.

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Miniature d'une carte postale de l'Ashram de Sri Aurobindo à PondicheryIt was right after the Siddhi day in November 1926, Sri Aurobindo retired from daily contact with his disciples and made the Mother in charge of their care and the Ashram. Thereafter he saw them...

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Picture of tamil poet Mahakavi Subramaniya BharathiMahakavi Subramaniya Bharathi was born on 11 December 1882. During a rather short life of 38 years, Bharati made a tremendous impact as a poet of Tamil nationalism and Indian freedom...

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tamil sculptureTamils are a thousand-years-old nation with a varied and rich culture, their influences covered the South of India and Sri Lanka, even the rest of Asia. There is a presentation from the Antiquity to colonization! 

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tamil tigersHow were handled the Tamil political demands at the Indian and Sri Lankan national independences? What kind of consequences emerges from it?

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