Wish you all a Merry Christmas!
Both Sri Aurobindo and the Mother believed that poetry, music and art could act as aids in sadhana so Their disciples were encouraged to pursue artistic endeavours. To quote Sri Aurobindo’s own words: ‘Spirituality is a wider thing than formal religion and it is in the service of spirituality that Art reaches its highest self-expression. Spirituality is a single word expressive of three lines of human aspiration towards divine knowledge, divine love and joy, divine strength, and that will be the highest and most perfect Art which, while satisfying the physical requirements of the aesthetic sense, the laws of formal beauty, the emotional demand of humanity, the portrayal of life and outward reality, reaches beyond them and expresses inner spiritual truth, the deeper not obvious reality of things, the joy of God in the world and its beauty and desirableness and the manifestation of divine force and energy in phenomenal creation.’ (The Hour of God, p. 248)
The Sri Aurobindo Ashram of the yesteryears had some of the finest artists of India as its inmates. Krishnalal Bhatt, Jayantilal Parekh, Sanjivan Biswas, Nishikanto Roy Chowdhury and a few others were among the first generation of the Ashram artists.
As a Christmas offering, we are happy to present before our readers a collection of paintings made by the artists of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry. These paintings, made by Krishnalal Bhatt, Jayantilal Parekh and Chinmayee in the 1930s and 1940s, depict the various parts of the main building of Sri Aurobindo Ashram as they were in those days.
With warm regards,
36 Replies to “Paintings depicting various parts of the main building of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry.”
The paintings are so charming that one feels more closer to Ashram than ever.
Wonderful.. Extraordinary and extremely
Many thanks .. Anurag for this treasure our divine home..
Simply wonderful, thank you very much Anurag.
An unscheduled Darshan on an auspicious day, thanks to these glimpses of where the Mother and Sri Aurobindo lived.
It gave some inner joy and peace after having look of all these Graceful paintings from the Great artists of those days. Its a great experience to watch and feel the depth of all these articles used by the Master and Revered Mother. Pranam. Thanks for sharing
As an amateur painter i am inspired . I feel the divine ambience of the ashram. Each painting bears the cryptic touch of The Mother, the Supreme Artist .
Prasun Kanti Pal
Extraordinary Collections! Thanks for sharing.
I am happy to see all these paintings all together on the Ashram building. Thanks a lot. I hope you will reproduce other paintings also.
Superb paintings. Who was the painter ? Makes me feel that I must have been with the Mother in her Ashram.
Thanks for sharing, Anurag. You are great 😊
They possess a powerful subtle charm that captivates and delights with its teasing hints of Their hidden presence /influence.
Most beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Wish the artists’ names were there too. Are these on display somewhere?
Beautiful paintings! They project a glimpse of the simple life, sylvan surrounding and the intimate spiritual lives of the inmates. Thanks for making the paintings available for us to visualise and appreciate the unique art .
Very well done. A fantastic job indeed.
Thank you for sharing.
Thanks. The collective impact of the paintings: They radiate an atmosphere of a harmonious mingling of Peace with Beauty.
Thanks a lot for sharing.
ॐ आनन्दमयि, चैतन्यमयि, सत्यमयि, परमें !!
Thank you, Anurag for bringing different aspects of Sri Aurobindo’s life and message.
I’m extremely happy to see Ashram in paintings.
Thank you and your team.
Grazie Shri Narendra Patel,
i dipinti lasciano il senso dell’accuratezza, della gioia e dell’ amore, aprono spazi e finestre interiori
Absolutely beautiful paintings !!! Remarkable!!!
Thanks for sharing rare paintings!!
Thanks for sharing!
Very impressive! 🙏🙏
May the sweet touch of Christmas expand your hearts and fill your every expectation in the new year 2022. Wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2022. 💞
What a gift Anurag! The paintings depict the serenity and peace in and around the Ashram. Thank you letting us see these treasures!
Thanks a lot. We get the rare privilege of having a view of the inner rooms of the Ashram, and the historic old views of the buildings and rooms.
Amazingly beautiful paintings!!
The atmosphere of harmony, peace and beauty are so explicitly depicted in all the paintings !! Wish to know the name of the artists too. Thank you so much for such a great initiative.🙏🙏
Amazing! Reminded me the bygone days…..superb…
Thanks 👍 for the lovely pictures…
Marvelous posting of our ashram painters..
This is an experience. Here is beauty that exceeds form. An atmosphere is there full of light and joy. This is an illustration of Future Painting. Huta’s is yet to come. But where we are now?
Great content! Keep up the good work!
It would be lovely if the Ashram made canvas prints of some of the beautiful artwork that had emerged from the Ashram so we could have copies in our homes. Just something to ponder….
Wonderful! One can feel Mother’s Presence everywhere in these paintings.