Archive for September 2012
Today we are publishing an article titled ‘My Darshan of Sri Aurobindo at Pondicherry’ penned by Mukul Chandra Dey.
Mukul Chandra Dey (23.7.1895—1.3.1989) was a noted artist who is considered to be the pioneer of dry-point etching in India. Having received his initial training at Santiniketan, he travelled to Japan, the United States of America and London to learn painting, etching and engraving. He is remembered for his portraits of famous personalities which he turned into etchings. He was a life-long member of Chicago Society of Etchers and was appointed the first Indian Principal of the Government School of Art at Kolkata in 1928.
This article was first published in the Bengali magazine Bharatabarsha and it was translated into English by Smt. Suprabha Nahar of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry.
With warm regards,
My Darshan of Sri Aurobindo at Pondicherry
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In 1934, Mahatma Gandhi, the leader of the Indian freedom struggle, sought to meet Sri Aurobindo because they had never met in person before. The latter declined the request because he didn’t want to break the seclusion that he had been observing since 1926. Strangely, the Mother who had no such restriction also declined to meet him. By combining the correspondence available in the Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi with the records in the Collected Works of Sri Aurobindo, it is possible to build a complete picture of why this important meeting never transpired. One of Mahatma Gandhi’s letters seen below also furnishes us with a second-hand account of daily life in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram.
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