One Hundred and Twenty-Five Photographs of the Mother with Nolini Kanta Gupta

Dear Friends,

Nolini Kanta Gupta (13.1.1889—7.2.1984) was an active participant in the Swadeshi and national education movements from the tender age of sixteen. He was introduced to Barindra Kumar Ghose, noted revolutionary and Sri Aurobindo’s younger brother, towards the end of 1907 who influenced him to join the Maniktolla Secret Society at 32 Muraripukur Road in Calcutta. On 2 May 1908 Nolini Kanta was arrested in connection with the Muzaffarpur bomb outrage along with the other members of the Maniktolla Secret Society. The trial later came to be known as the ‘Alipore Bomb Trial’. After spending a year in Alipore Central Jail as an undertrial he was acquitted in May 1909 due to lack of evidence to prove his involvement in any conspiracy of waging war against the British Empire. He withdrew from active politics after his acquittal from prison and became the chief associate of Sri Aurobindo (whom he had met during the Swadeshi movement) when the latter started the publication of his two weeklies (the Karmayogin in English and the Dharma in Bengali). When Sri Aurobindo left Bengal and migrated to Pondicherry in April 1910 Nolini Kanta too followed him seven months later. When after 1926 Sri Aurobindo withdrew into complete seclusion and the Mother took charge of the newly-formed Ashram, Nolini Kanta became its Secretary. When the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust was formed by the Mother she appointed Nolini Kanta as one of the founder-trustees. Regarded as one of the most advanced sadhaks of the Integral Yoga he was equally prolific in Bengali, English and French and went on to author more than fifty books in Bengali, thirty in English and five in French. In the Aurobindonian community he was known as ‘Sri Aurobindo’s manasputra’.

7 February 2021 marks the 37th Death Anniversary of Nolini Kanta Gupta. As our humble homage to him, one hundred and twenty-five photographs of Nolini Kanta Gupta with the Mother taken on various occasions have been published in the website of Overman Foundation.

With warm regards,

Anurag Banerjee

Founder,
Overman Foundation.

The following ten photographs were taken on 24 April 1951 during the Convention of Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education. Seated on Nolini Kanta Gupta’s right are Navajata, Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, M. P. Pandit and Soli Albless while Pavitra, Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya, Udar Pinto and Amiyo Ranjan Ganguli are seen standing beside the Mother.

The following photograph was taken on 6 January 1952 at the inauguration of Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education. Also seen in this photographs along with the Mother and Nolini Kanta Gupta are: Udar Pinto, Sisir Kumar Mitra, Lilou, K. Amrita, Suprabha Nahar, Sumitra Nahar, Sujata Nahar, Tara Jauhar, Parul Chakraborty, Krishnakumari, Shane, Norman Dowsett, Dakshinapada Bhattacharya , Shanti Doshi, Usha M, Ajji, Dhanwanti Nagda, Dyuman, Bibhash, Sunil Bhattacharya, Narendra, Arun, Mrityunjoy Mukherjee, Soli Albless, Bubu Ganguli and Jhumur Bhattacharya.

The following photograph was taken at the Sports Ground on 9 January 1952. Also seen in this photograph are: Narendra, Vidyavrata, Tejendranath Mukherjee, Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya, Udar Pinto and Kalyan Chaudhuri.

The following photograph was taken on 24 April 1952 in the premises of the Ashram School:
The following two photographs were taken in 1952:
Circa. December 1952: Nolini Kanta Gupta, Medhananda, Sujata Nahar, Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya and K. Amrita.

At the Ashram Sportsground: Kalaben, Kalyan Chaudhuri, Ramraj Sehgal, Nolini Kanta Gupta, Vasudha Shah, Barin Ganguli and Narendra.

The following photographs were taken on 6 January 1953 at the School Courtyard:

Also seen with the Mother and Nolini Kanta Gupta are: Priti, Ramakrishna, Lakshman, Anup, Dahyabhai, Manoj Das Gupta, Parul Chakraborty and Light Ganguli.

Also seen in this photograph: Arati Das Gupta, Parul Chakraborty, Anup, Light Ganguli, Manoj Das Gupta, Vinod, Liselle, Chandradip and Gauri Bhattacharya.

Chandu, Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya, Udar Pinto and Sisir Kumar Mitra.
The following two photographs were taken on 24 April 1953. Also seen with Nolini Kanta Gupta: Dyuman and Champaklal.

Circa 1953 at Atelier: Gangaram Malwade, Vishwanath Lahiri, Noren Singh Nahar, Dyuman, Udar Pinto, Pavitra, Nolini Kanta Gupta, Kaushalya, Maniben and Kapila.

From left to right: Sisir Kumar Mitra, André Morisset, Pavitra, Sujata Nahar, Amiyo Ranjan Ganguli, Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya and Nolini Kanta Gupta on 3 December 1954.

Nolini Kanta Gupta with the Mother and Champaklal on 5 October 1954.
The Mother with Nolini Kanta Gupta on 11 October 1954
The following photographs were taken on 12 October 1954:
Udar Pinto, Nolini Kanta Gupta and Dyuman.
Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya, Nolini Kanta Gupta and Udar Pinto.
Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya, Charu Chandra Mukherjee alias Bula, Nolini Kanta Gupta and Udar Pinto.
K. Amrita, Nolini Kanta Gupta, Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya, Pavitra and Udar Pinto.
Dyuman, Udar Pinto, Pavitra, Nolini Kanta Gupta and Vishwanath Lahiri.
Lakshman, Udar Pinto, Vishnulalit and Nolini Kanta Gupta.
Bula, Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya, Vishwanath Lahiri and Nolini Kanta Gupta.
Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya, Dyuman, Vishwanath Lahiri and Nolini Kanta Gupta.
Pavitra, Dyuman, Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya, Udar Pinto, Vishwanath Lahiri and Nolini Kanta Gupta.
Sudhir, Louis Allen, Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya, Pavitra, Nolini Kanta Gupta and Udar Pinto.
Udar Pinto, Nolini Kanta Gupta, Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya, Vishwanath Lahiri and Dyuman.

The following photograph was taken on 25 October 1954. Also seen with Nolini Kanta Gupta are Chimanbhai Patel, Dyuman and Champaklal.

The Mother with Nolini Kanta Gupta, Tanmaya, Pavitra and Krishnakumari on 21 February 1955.

The following two photographs were taken on 15 August 1955 at the Exhibition Hall. Also seen with the Mother and Nolini Kanta Gupta are Amiyo Ranjan Ganguli, Udar Pinto and Victor Jauhar.

The following photographs were taken on 4 October 1955 at the Ashram Playground during the visit of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Kamraj and Lal Bahadur Shastri. Also seen in these photographs are K. Amrita, Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya, Amiyo Ranjan Ganguli, Tejendranath Mukherjee, Violette and Mrs. Kewal Singh.

The following photographs were taken on 20 February 1956 at the Exhibition Hall:
Nolini Kanta Gupta, Pavitra, Udar Pinto, Amiyo Ranjan Ganguli, Krishnalal Bhatt and Vasudha Shah.
Nolini Kanta Gupta, Sehra, Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya and Pavitra.
Nolini Kanta Gupta, Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya, Ichchaben, Surabhi and Kalaben.
Nolini Kanta Gupta, Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya, K. Amrita, M. P. Pandit, Surabhi and Ichchaben.

The following photographs were taken at the Ashram Playground on 2 April 1956 during the visit of the Russian Gymnasts. Also seen with the Mother and Nolini Kanta Gupta are: Pavitra, Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya, Udar Pinto and Vidyavrata.

The following photograph was taken in December 1956. Also seen with Nolini Kanta Gupta are Togo Mukherjee, Anuben Purani and Gauri Pinto.

The following photograph was taken on 20 February 1958 at the Ashram Theatre. Also seen in this photograph with the Mother are: Nolini Kanta Gupta, Pradyot Bhattacharya, Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya, Udar Pinto and Vishwanath Lahiri.

The following two photographs were taken in 1958 during the Mother’s visit to Senteurs:
Nolini Kanta Gupta, Tanmaya, Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya, Udar Pinto and Panou Sarkar.

The following photographs were taken on 12 April 1959 at the New Horizon Sugar Mills. Also seen with the Mother and Nolini Kanta Gupta: Millie, Pavitra, Laljibhai, Mukta, Kesharimal, Keshavmurti, Udar Pinto, K. Amrita, Pathak, Dayabhai, Chandrakant Patel and Lilou.

The Mother with Nolini Kanta Gupta, Manoranjan Ganguli, Diana, Bindu, K. Amrita, Dayakar Reddy and Dr. Prabhat Sanyal at La Faucheur on 5 December 1959.

The following photographs were taken on 9 December 1959 at the Handmade Paper Factory of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram:

The Mother with Nolini Kanta Gupta, Pavitra, K. Amrita, Madan and Togo Mukherjee.
Udar Pinto, Nolini Kanta Gupta, Vishwanath Lahiri, Panou Sarkar and Madan.
Nolini Kanta Gupta, K. Amrita, Pavitra, Udar Pinto and Akki.
The Mother with Udar Pinto and Nolini Kanta Gupta.
Nolini Kanta Gupta, Udar Pinto, Akki and Kiran.
The Mother with Nolini Kanta Gupta, K. Amrita, Prabhakar, Udar Pinto, Pavitra, Panou Sarkar and Lakshmipati.
Nolini Kanta Gupta, Dayakar Reddy, K. Amrita, Deshpande, Prabhakar and Udar Pinto.

The following photograph was taken on 4 January 1960. The Mother is seen in Her room with Nolini Kanta Gupta and K. Amrita.

The following two photographs were taken on 25 December 1960:
Also seen with the Mother and Nolini Kanta Gupta: Bulbul and Rajarshi.

The Mother with Nolini Kanta Gupta, Udar and Mona Pinto.

The following photographs were taken on 23 August 1961 at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Press:
The Mother with Amiyo Ranjan Ganguli, K. Amrita and Nolini Kanta Gupta.
Amiyo Ranjan Ganguli, Nolini Kanta Gupta, André Morisset, Dayakar Reddy and Udar Pinto.
Amiyo Ranjan Ganguli, Nolini Kanta Gupta, André Morisset, M. P. Pandit, K. Amrita and Prapatti.
Nolini Kanta Gupta, André Morisset, and K. Amrita.
Jayantilal Parekh, Nolini Kanta Gupta, M. P. Pandit and Amiyo Ranjan Ganguli.
Jayantilal Parekh, Nolini Kanta Gupta, Robi Ganguli, Amiyo Ranjan Ganguli and Kanak Ganguli.
Nolini Kanta Gupta, Robi Ganguli, K. Amrita and Udar Pinto.
Nolini Kanta Gupta, Amiyo Ranjan Ganguli and Wilfy Pinto.
Nolini Kanta Gupta, K. Amrita, Pavitra, Chinu, Dayakar Reddy, Parikshit and Vishwanath Lahiri.

Nolini Kanta Gupta, Pavitra, Amiyo Ranjan Ganguli, M. P. Pandit, Udar Pinto, Lallubhai, André Morisset, Hriday Bhattacharya, Noren Singh Nahar, Chitra Sen, Kusum, Vishwanath Lahiri and Shivrani.

The Mother with Nolini Kanta Gupta on 18 October 1961.
The following photographs were taken on 16 December 1961 at Jhunjhun Boarding:
The Mother with Nolini Kanta Gupta, Abhay Singh Nahar, Pavitra, Dr. Kirit Joshi, Dayawati Jauhar and Pema.
K. Amrita, Pavitra, Nolini Kanta Gupta, Navajata, Pradyot Bhattacharya, Abhay Singh Nahar and Udar Pinto.
The Mother with Pavitra, Pradyot Bhattacharya and Nolini Kanta Gupta.
Nolini Kanta Gupta, Pradyot Bhattacharya and Pavitra with the Mother.

The following two photographs were taken on 14 December 1965 during the visit of the King, Queen and Prince of Nepal:

The following photographs were taken on 21 February 1966. Also seen with the Mother and Nolini Kanta Gupta are Champaklal and K. Amrita.

The following photograph was taken on 21 February 1968:

The following photographs were taken on 14 September 1969 during the visit of V. V. Giri, the President of India:

The following photograph was taken on 6 October 1969:
Undated photographs taken on various occasions:
The Mother with Nolini Kanta Gupta, Sujata Nahar, Olga and Medhananda.
At the Ashram Sportsground.

The Mother with Nolini Kanta Gupta, Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya, Debou Bhattacharya, Usha, Nirodbaran Talukdar and Gangaram Malwade at the Children’s Courtyard.

The Mother with Nolini Kanta Gupta, Prithwindra Mukherjee, Gangaram Malwade, Tejendranath Mukherjee, Mona Sarkar and Narendra at the Ashram Playground.

The Mother with Nolini Kanta Gupta, Priti Das Gupta, André Morisset, Violette, K. Amrita and Charupada Bhattacharya at the Ashram Playground.

The Mother and Nolini Kanta Gupta with U. N. Dhebar, Kamraj and Surendra Mohan Ghose at the Ashram Playground.

In the following three photographs taken at the Ashram Sportsground, we find the Mother with Nolini Kanta Gupta, Udar Pinto, Tejendranath Mukherjee, Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya, Chandrakant Patel, Arun and Vidyavrata.

Photographs Courtesy: Ms. Tara Jauhar, Sri Aurobindo Ashram Delhi Branch.

11 Replies to “One Hundred and Twenty-Five Photographs of the Mother with Nolini Kanta Gupta

  1. A great share.
    Nolini Kanta Gupta’s Bengali memoir “Smritir Pothey” is an unputdownable book. Incidentally, 7th February is also the birthday of his son Samir Kanta Gupta.

  2. Another terrific feast! Congratulations. Once Nirod-da asked him, towards his end: “Where is your consciousness?” His response was “towards supermind.” I think he was one of the half a dozen the Mother had counted when the Supermind descended on 29 Feb 1956.

  3. Thanks Anurag. It is a wonderful effort to ring out so many remarkable picture on Nolini da with The Mother and so many Ashramite , who were also so close to The Mother.
    Kind regards
    –Prasenjit–

  4. Splendid.
    Some remarks.
    (1) In one of the pictures by the side of Light Ganguly, there was Eleanor Montgomery, an important disciple of the Mother
    (2) By the side of Akki, on the Mother(s left was Kiran Choudhury, pioneer in the HMP experiment
    (3) On one photo, Amrita-dâ is seen between Paou and Dayâkar
    (4) At the Children’s Courtyard, the person on the left of the Mother is Tejendra

  5. Thank you my Beloved and Respected Brother, tumi anek kaj korcho , ja amader kache maha mulyaban . Ami tomar Overman foundation er niyomito pathika. Overman foundation je video you tube e pathai ami kintu suni.
    Anek subhecha o valobasa dilam. Aro kaj kore jao valo theko.

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