Complete set of photographs of the Mother in Japan

Dear Friends, The Mother arrived at Pondicherry for the first time on 29 March 1914. Eleven months later, on 22 February 1915, she—along with Paul Richard— was compelled to leave Pondicherry due to the outbreak of the First World War. They reached Colombo on the Dupleix of the Messageries Maritimes...

Photographs of the Mother’s Rare Darshan on 29 December 1967

Dear Friends, In December 1967, a large number of miners had visited Pondicherry from the north. For them, a special Darshan of the Mother was arranged on 29 December, that is, exactly fifty years ago. Photographs of this rare Darshan (taken by Ms. Sudha Sundaram) which the Mother granted to...

Photographs of the Mother during Christmas Celebrations

Dear Friends, Wish you all a Merry Christmas! On 25 December 1929 the Mother had distributed little bunches of the leaves She called ‘New Birth’ to the members of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry. This was the earliest reference of Christmas being celebrated in Sri Aurobindo Ashram. In 1944, on the...

Albert Patel: In Memoriam by Anurag Banerjee

Dear Friends, On Wednesday, 13 December 2017, the Aurobindonian community of Pondicherry lost its senior-most member with the passing away of Albert Patel at the age of ninety-four. Albert’s father Ambalal Patel was one of the early disciples of Sri Aurobindo. He came in touch with Sri Aurobindo’s writings at...

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...

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....

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...

“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...