Huta – ‘The Offered One’ – a very special child of the Mother by Shraddhavan

Dear Friends, On 17 November 2011, Thursday, Huta D. Hindocha breathed her last. One of the closest disciples of the Mother whose notable publications include The Story of A Soul, White Roses, About Savitri, Mother, You Said So and Salutations, she departed on the very day the Mother had withdrawn from the physical in 1973. As a mark of our tribute to her, we are publishing an article on her penned by Shraddhavan in the...

Tara Jauhar awarded the “Auro-Ratna Award” for the year 2017

Dear Friends and Well-wishers, The eighth “Auro-Ratna Award” ceremony was organized on Wednesday, 27 September 2017 at Van Niwas, the Himalayan retreat centre of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Delhi Branch. In this ceremony, Ms. Tara Jauhar, Chairperson, Sri Aurobindo Ashram Delhi Branch, was presented with the “Auro-Ratna Award” for her invaluable contribution in the Aurobindonian movement. The award ceremony began at 9 a.m. and was attended by the members of Van Niwas and the participants of...

The Mother’s Photographs with Indira Gandhi

Dear Friends, Born to Kamala and Jawaharlal Nehru (India’s first Prime Minister), Indira Gandhi (19 November 1917—31 October 1984) was elected the President of the Congress party in 1959 and became the Minister of Information and Broadcasting in the cabinet of Lal Bahadur Shastri, the second Prime Minister of India. She went on to become India’s third and the only female Prime Minister in 1966. She served two terms as the Prime Minister—from January 1966...

The Mother’s Photographs with Vasudha

Dear Friends, Vasudha Shah (6 January 1914—7 December 1983) was one of the earliest members of Sri Aurobindo Ashram. She visited Pondicherry at the age of fourteen on 19 February 1928 with her elder brother Chandulal Shah, who was the architect-cum-engineer of the Ashram in its early years. The Mother called Vasudha “My Little Smile” and showered on the latter Her infinite love and affection. On Vasudha’s birthday in 1962, the Mother wrote in a...

“Indian Responses to Shakespeare”: A Review by Subham Dutta

Title: Indian Responses to Shakespeare Editors: Goutam Ghosal and Sarani Ghosal Mondal Publisher: AuthorsPress India, 2017 Price: Rs. 1200, $60 Number of pages: 328 ISBN: 978-93-5207-527-0 The fact that Shakespeare was subsumed into the colonial pedagogy in order to serve a blatantly imperialist agenda is well-known.  Despite specific ideological orientation and the usage of Shakespeare as a cultural “material” to consolidate empire across the world, what seems to be quite unique in the timeless appeal...

Rare Photographs and Description of the Mother’s last Darshan of 15 August 1973

Dear Friends, On 15 August 1973, the Mother—who was not keeping good health since May 1973—gave Her last darshan to Her devotees and followers from the terrace situated at the second floor of the Ashram main building. Three months later She left Her physical body on 17 November 1973. 15 August 1973 marked the 101st Birth Anniversary of Sri Aurobindo. Dr. K. R. Srinivasa Iyengar writes about the Darshan of 15 August 1973: ‘The morning...

Governor Alfassa : He Foiled Plans to Exile Sri Aurobindo by Dr. Prithwindra Mukherjee

Dear Friends, We are happy to present before our readers an extremely well-researched article, from the pen of world-renowned researcher Dr. Prithwindra Mukherjee, on how Mattéo Alfassa, the elder brother of the Mother, had prevented Sri Aurobindo from being expelled from Pondicherry. With warm regards, Anurag Banerjee Founder, Overman Foundation. Shortly before the outbreak of World War I, seriously concerned by the enigmatic presence of Sri Aurobindo in Pondicherry (the then capital of French India),...

Publication of Shrimat Anirvan’s anthology of unpublished writings “Rachana-Vichitra”

Dear Friends and Well-wishers of Overman Foundation, Shrimat Anirvan (8 July 1896—31 May 1978) had mastered the Astādhyayi of Pānini at a very early age. After completing his formal education he renounced the world and became Nirvanananda Saraswati. But after a few years he dropped the ochre robes and changed his name to Anirvan by which name he became known to the world at large. He spent a number of years in Lohaghat (Almora) where...

The Third “Shrimat Anirvan Memorial Oration” : A Report

Dear Friends and Well-wishers of Overman Foundation, The third “Shrimat Anirvan Memorial Oration” organized by Overman Foundation was held on Saturday, 8 July 2017, at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan (8 Shakespeare Sarani, Kolkata 700071). The programme was chaired by Professor Supriyo Bhattacharya, former Head of the Department of Economics, Kalyani University. The speaker was Shri Gautam Banerjee, noted speaker and exponent of Aurobindonian philosophy, who delivered a most thought-provoking lecture on the theme: “Shrimat Anirvan: The...

Summer Retreat at Madhuban: A Report

Dear Friends and Well-wishers, A Summer Retreat was organized jointly by Overman Foundation and Sri Aurobindo Sakti Centre Trust, Kolkata, from 27th May to 2nd June 2017 at Madhuban, a unit of Sri Aurobindo Ashram Delhi Branch, situated at Talla Ramgarh, Uttarakhand. The retreat began in the afternoon of 27th May. Ms. Tara Jauhar of Sri Aurobindo Ashram Delhi Branch, inaugurated the session and spoke about the history and current activities of Madhuban—a most picturesque...