The Third “Shrimat Anirvan Memorial Oration” : A Report

Dear Friends and Well-wishers of Overman Foundation,

The third “Shrimat Anirvan Memorial Oration” organized by Overman Foundation was held on Saturday, 8 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. The speaker was Shri Gautam Banerjee, noted speaker and exponent of Aurobindonian philosophy, who delivered a most thought-provoking lecture on the theme: “Shrimat Anirvan: The Man and His Personality”.

An anthology of Shrimat Anirvan’s unpublished writings on a variety of themes titled “Rachana-Vichitra” (compiled and edited by Ms. Bratati Mukhopadhyay and Shri Sanjoy Biswas) published by Overman Foundation was released on the occasion by Shri Biswajit Gangopadhyay, noted researcher and Managing Member of Sri Aurobindo Bhavan, Kolkata, who also gave an interesting talk on Shrimat Anirvan and exhibited, through power-point presentation, a collection of extremely rare photographs of Shrimat Anirvan, especially those of the latter’s last journey.

Ms. Bratati Mukhopadhyay, co-editor of “Rachana-Vichitra”, briefly spoke about the book.

Prof. Supriyo Bhattacharya discussed the contents of the said volume, spoke at length about its rich contents and praised the editors for their laudable efforts in compiling the lesser-known and unpublished writings of Shrimat Anirvan.

Shri Rajesh Sanghai gifted to Overman Foundation a bag made of cloth which was used by Shrimat Anirvan. Shri Anurag Banerjee accepted this invaluable treasure on behalf of all the members of Overman Foundation.

The Memorial Oration and the book-release ceremony were attended by the stalwarts of the Aurobindonian community of West Bengal and a large number of admirers and devotees of Shrimat Anirvan.

With warm regards,

Anurag Banerjee


Overman Foundation.

One Reply to “The Third “Shrimat Anirvan Memorial Oration” : A Report”

  1. Old memory flashed …
    Shrimat Anirvan used to come to Allahabad regularly in the 50s. I was quite small to remember much of those days. I only remember he used to stay at the residence of Dhirubabu of Lukergunj. When my father (Promode Kumar Sen , author of Bengali book Sri Aurobindo : Jeebon O Jog ) was alive , as I can remember ,Shrimat visited our house during his visits and gave talks. I was not old enough to remember the contents. Nitai da (Nityananda Bose of Pathamandir ) who stayed for some time in our house in Allahabad , used to read “Divya Jeevan” early in the morning . I learnt that Shrimat Anirvan had translated Life Divine to Bengali and that was Divya Jeevan..I cannot remember more about Dhirubabu now. My mother Jyotirmoyee Sen used to have regular correspondence with him, I believe on questions on Sadhana .Unfortunately those priceless pieces are lost.

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