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 birthday card: “To Vasudha, faithful companion, skilled in service.” Next year, She wrote on her birthday: “To Vasudha whose precious help prevents my feet from being hurt by the stones on the way. With my love and blessings so that her aspiration may be realised this year.” Vasudha, too, had given her life to serving the Mother and from 1958 served Her as an attendant who stayed with Her day and night for years when She required physical help. She also embroidered numerous saris for the Mother and also started the Embroidery Department in the Ashram.
A set of the Mother’s photographs with Vasudha taken on various occasions has been published in the website of Overman Foundation.
With warm regards,
Photograph of the Mother with Vasudha taken on 20 February 1956
Photographs taken on 21 February 1966
The Mother with Vasudha on 21 February 1966 in Her apartments in the second floor of the Ashram main building. Also seen in the photographs, Pavitra and André Morisset, Her son.
The Mother with Vasudha and Lata Jauhar on 10 April 1967 on Lata’s birthday.
Photographs of the Mother with Vasudha taken on 15 August 1968 during the Terrace Darshan. Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya is also seen in these photographs.
Photographs taken on 5 July 1969 on the occasion of Tara Jauhar’s birthday.
Photographs taken on 14 September 1969 during the visit of V. V. Giri, the President of India.
Photographs taken on 6 October 1969 during the visit of Indira Gandhi, the Prime Minister of India. Also seen in these photographs, Nandini Satpatty, the Chief Minister of Orissa.
Photographs taken on 5 July 1970 on the occasion of Tara Jauhar’s birthday. Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya and Tara Jauhar are also seen in these photographs.
In the following photographs also taken on 5 July 1970, Dyuman, Champaklal and Dr. Prabhat Sanyal can be seen with the Mother.
Photographs courtesy: Ms. Tara Jauhar.