Nirodbaran, Arabinda Basu, K.D. Sethna, M.P. Pandit and Jhumur Bhattacharya speaks on the manifold achievements of Sri Aurobindo

Dear Friends, On the occasion of Sri Aurobindo’s 119th Birth Anniversary, All India Radio Pondicherry had brought together at 8 p.m. on August 12, 1991, five inmates (Nirodbaran Talukdar, Arabinda Basu, K.D. Sethna alias Amal Kiran, M. P. Pandit and Jhumur Bhattacharya) of Sri Aurobindo Ashram to broadcast enlightening words on the Master’s manifold achievement. We are happy to offer their short yet significant speeches to our readers. Our acknowledgements are due to Shri Pradeep...

Publication of Shrimat Anirvan’s “Letters from a Baul” and “Mrityu O Janmantor Prasange” and the third edition of “Sri Aurobindo As We Saw Him.”

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 Fourth “Shrimat Anirvan Memorial Oration” : A Report

Dear Friends and Well-wishers of Overman Foundation, The Fourth “Shrimat Anirvan Memorial Oration” organized by Overman Foundation was held on Saturday, 7 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. Shri Anurag Banerjee, Founder of Overman Foundation, briefly spoke about the life of Shrimat Anirvan. The speaker was Dr. Soumitro Basu, renowned psychiatrist, Editor of...

Ratna As I Knew Her by Kittu Reddy

Dear Friends, Ratna Chakrabarti (28 July 1941—3 March 2017) was born to Chief Justice Santosh Kumar Chakrabarti and Bokul Rani. She received her early education in Arambagh Girls School. Afterwards she joined the Mahakali Balika Vidyalaya and Howrah Girls College and passed her matriculation examination in 1956. In that very year, she joined the Sri Aurobindo Ashram at Pondicherry. Having completed her school education in 1963, she joined the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education...

Sundaram—The Poet by Anuben Ambalal Purani

Dear Friends, Born on 22 March 1908 as Tribhuvandas Luhar to Purushottamdas Keshavdas Luhar and Ujamben in the village of Miyanmatar (located in the district of Bharuch), Sundaram was a legendary poet of Gujarat. At the age of eighteen, his first poem ‘Ekanshe De’ was published in Sabarmati, a Gujarati magazine. After graduating from Gujarat Vidyapith he started teaching in Sonagadh-Gurukul. In 1934 he received the prestigious Ranjitram Suvarna Chandrak, a gold medal considered to...

Memorable Moments with the Mother: An Interview with Sumitra Cazade Part 1

Dear Friends, Born on 18 July Sumitra Cazade née Nahar is the second daughter of Prithwi Singh Nahar and Suhag Kumari. She visited Sri Aurobindo Ashram for the first time in 1935 and became an inmate in 1941 at the age of thirteen. She was one of the first students of the Ashram School which started on 2nd December 1943. She started working with her father Prithwi Singh in his department and also did embroidery...

Review of R. Y. Deshpande’s book “Savitri: The Poetry of Immortality” by Surendra Singh Chouhan

Title: Savitri: The Poetry of Immortality Author: R. Y. Deshpande Price: Rs. 575 (Five Hundred and Seventy-five) only. Number of Pages: 486. Distributor: Overman Foundation. ‘The earliest  formula of Wisdom promises to be its last — God, Light, Freedom and Immortality.’—The Life Divine. Of all the admirable works by Prof. R. Y.  Deshpande on Savitri, this  beautiful and scholarly work Savitri: The Poetry of Immortality seems to  be incredibly  satisfying  by its inherent  content and...

A Tribute to Udar Pinto, Mona Pinto and Millie Pinto

Dear Friends, On 15 August 1937, Lawrence Marshal Pinto (24 April 1907—7 December 2001) and his newly married wife Ethel Anne alias Mona had their first Darshan of Sri Aurobindo at Pondicherry. The impact of the Darshan was such that Lawrence Pinto, who was then in his thirtieth year, decided to join Sri Aurobindo Ashram as an inmate. His wife Mona too followed him and joined the Ashram with their only daughter Gauri who was...

An Unusual Darshan of Sri Aurobindo

Dear Friends, We are sharing with all our readers the reminiscence of an unusual Darshan of Sri Aurobindo as recounted by Indubhai, one of the early inmates of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry. This reminiscence is followed by another anecdote narrated by K. D. Sethna alias Amal Kiran. With warm regards, Anurag Banerjee Founder, Overman Foundation.                                                           An Unusual Darshan of Sri Aurobindo At the beginning of June 1947—the date may be 4th or 5th—I was...

Satprem and Sujata : A Tribute by Dr. Kireet Joshi

Dear Friends, Born as Bernard Enginger on 30 October 1923, Satprem was a member of the French Resistance during the Second World War and was arrested by the Gestapo in 1943. He was released after spending one and a half years in German concentration camp. He visited Pondicherry for the first time in 1946 and came to know of Sri Aurobindo, the Mother and Their evolutionary yoga. After travelling to French Guiana, Brazil and Africa,...