Founded by Anurag Banerjee on 29 March 2010 at Kolkata, Overman Foundation is a non-profit organization which runs India’s leading research institute providing the facility of online research on Sri Aurobindo and the Mother to researchers, scholars and independent authors. It is not a religious organization but a centre of research and spiritual learning. Overman Foundation is also associated with various social welfare-oriented activities and runs several projects towards this end to help people in distress.
The Archives and Research Library:
Overman Foundation provides an ‘intellectual sanctuary” in the form of an Archives Library which houses a large number of books in English, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi and French on Sri Aurobindo Studies, Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Order, Indian religion and spirituality. The Archives Library is an integral part of the organization since its very inception and utmost importance is given to it. It also has an impressive collection of rare books on Sri Aurobindo and the Mother including first editions of Their various books. The library welcomes donation of personal libraries. Many such collections including those of Aditi Kumar Bose (grandson of Charu Chandra Dutta, I.C.S. and husband of Bani Bose, famous author), Chitra Bose (daughter of Harendranath Majumdar, former Food Minister of Bengal and a nephew of Swami Brahmananda, the First President of the Ramakrishna Mission Order), Jishnu Guha (grandson of famous writer Premankur Atorthy) have been donated to the library.
Researchers and scholars are allowed to study and take notes from the Library. As most of the books in the Archives Library are rare, lending is allowed only in special cases.
Overman Foundation has an Archives where over 35,000 documents, photographs, press cuttings, government documents, unpublished correspondence of Sri Aurobindo, the Mother as well as the early inmates of Sri Aurobindo Ashram are preserved. Selected documents and photographs from the Archives of Overman Foundation are regularly uploaded in the online forum of the organization. It is noteworthy that all the documents and photographs in the Archives of Overman Foundation are digitized as well.
Original letters written by Rabindranath Tagore, Tarashankar Bandopadhyay, Bibhuti Bhushan Mukhopadhyay, Dilip Kumar Roy, Nolini Kanta Gupta, Nishikanto Roychowdhury and other luminaries of Bengali literature are also preserved in the Archives of Overman Foundation.
A pair of the Mother’s sacred footwear which Overman Foundation had received from Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust, Pondicherry, on 17 September 2016, adorns the shrine of the organization.
Sri Aurobindo Smriti Mandir:
A wing and major attraction of Overman Foundation, Sri Aurobindo Smriti Mandir is a house of memorabilia of about 500 objects most of which had been used by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother while some were gifts given by the Mother to various individuals. It is the third largest collection of memorabilia after ‘Sri Smriti’ of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry and ‘Sri Smriti’ of Sri Aurobindo Ashram Delhi Branch. For details please click on the following link:
Regular lectures and discourses:
Lectures, discourses and talks by eminent exponents of Aurobindonian philosophy and Integral Yoga are organized and sponsored by Overman Foundation throughout the year. Workshops on subjects aiming to make life beautiful are also conducted regularly. Overman Foundation also organizes the annual “Shrimat Anirvan Memorial Oration” and “Subhash Kumar Mukherjee Memorial Oration”— in memory of Shrimat Anirvan (8 July 1896—31 May 1978), one of the finest exponents of Indian scriptures and Aurobindonian philosophy and Subhash Kumar Mukherjee (23 July 1927—14 February 2012), entrepreneur, sportsman and a sincere devotee of the Mother, respectively.
Cancer Care Unit:
Since 2016, Overman Foundation has been working for cancer patients. Financial assistance to patients suffering from cancer is also provided by our organization. Fruits, health-drinks, chocolates, soaps, antiseptic baby-powders, etc. are distributed regularly to the all the children suffering from cancer and being treated at the Child Care Centre, a wing of Saroj Gupta Cancer Centre and Research Institute (Thakurpukur, Kolkata) in memory of late Sanghamitra Banerjee (8 August 1956—27 October 2016), eminent actress of Bengali film industry and also the chief patron of Overman Foundation. A substantial donation is also made every year to the said organization.
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Overman Foundation’s activities towards the dissemination of knowledge are supported by its publications. The organization has a very active and productive publication wing through which its research projects see the light of day. It also runs a book distribution agency and an audio-visual wing where books on Aurobindonian philosophy and Indian scriptures are available for sale.
The motto of all the members of the organization can be best summed up in the following words of Sri Aurobindo:
‘The coming of a spiritual age must be preceded by the appearance of an increasing number of individuals who are no longer satisfied with the normal intellectual, vital and physical existence of man, but perceive that a greater revolution is the real goal of humanity and attempt to effect it in themselves, to lead others to it and to make it the recognized goal of the race. In proportion as they succeed and to the degree to which they carry this evolution, the yet unrealized potentiality which they represent will become an actual possibility of the future.’ (The Human Cycle, p. 261)
The administration of Overman Foundation is monitored by its Trust Board whose members are Dr. Prithwindra Mukherjee, Prof. Kittu Reddy, Ms. Krishna Chakravarti, Mrs. Sayani Mazumdar, Mrs. Shukla Sanyal and Shri Anurag Banerjee.