Paintings of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother by Barindra Kumar Ghose

Dear Friends,

Sri Aurobindo’s youngest brother Barindra Kumar Ghose (5 January 1880 — 18 April 1959) was a noted revolutionary of the Swadeshi movement. Convicted in the Alipore Bomb Trial, he was sentenced to transportation for life in the Andaman Cellular Jail. Soon after his release in January 1920 courtesy an amnesty granted by the Government of India he went to meet Sri Aurobindo in Pondicherry. From August 1923 to December 1929 he remained at Pondicherry  under the spiritual aegis of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.

Though Barindra Kumar is also known for his books in Bengali and English, the fact that he was also a painter is not known to many. Today we are taking the opportunity to share with you three paintings of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother made by Barindra Kumar.

With warm regards,

Anurag Banerjee

Founder,

Overman Foundation.

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                                        The Mother’s Feet

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30 Comments

  1. RY Deshpande said,

    September 29, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    I think in the middle photo Barin got something of Sri Aurobindo. Very remarkable.

    … and thanks for posting these.

  2. Tanushree Pal said,

    September 29, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this paintings.

  3. Prithwindra Mukherjee said,

    September 29, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    There is a psychic touch in his vision and expression that reminds of some of Abanindranath Tagore’s masterpieces : I wonder when and where did he acquire such mastery in his technique.
    Prithwindra Mukherjee

  4. Surendra singh chouhan said,

    September 30, 2011 at 1:43 am

    Beatific .. these paintings are infused with the glow of the Psychic and something more which is indefinable !

    Thank you !

    Surendra

  5. Srikant J. said,

    September 30, 2011 at 3:14 am

    When did he actually make these paintings ? Any dates are given ? The style is definitely Indian – to look for the inward Spirit. Has he or Sri Aurobindo said anything about Mother’s paintings ?
    ‘Painting stills the emotions, ‘ and these paintings do fulfill that basic condition.
    Very interesting and revealing ?
    Thanks,
    Srikant.

  6. malti said,

    September 30, 2011 at 3:18 am

    Beautiful..

  7. September 30, 2011 at 3:42 am

    wonderful…

  8. Arvind Kumar said,

    September 30, 2011 at 4:45 am

    Thank You very much

  9. Prema Nandakumar said,

    September 30, 2011 at 5:45 am

    Thank you!
    Did not know that Barindra was a painter too!
    Regards,

    Prema Nandakumar.

  10. Ananda Reddy said,

    September 30, 2011 at 5:46 am

    Dear Anurag,

    Thanks for the great effort to dig out the best paintings on Sri Aurobindo.

    Love,
    ananda

  11. Biswajit Ganguly said,

    September 30, 2011 at 5:48 am

    Few of my thoughts are, by the Grace of Her–automatically transmitted to you.

    My love and deep gratitude.

    I find in you the blossom of the energies of my thirties.

    Therefore, no thanks. It is our duty…

    Biswajit Ganguly.

  12. Arup Basu said,

    September 30, 2011 at 5:49 am

    Dear Anurag,

    This is indeed a treasure to cherish for ever. Thank you very much.

    Arupda

  13. Mrs.T.Rathi said,

    September 30, 2011 at 6:58 am

    Thanks for posting these paintings.

    Rathi

  14. Dr Parul Mohan said,

    September 30, 2011 at 7:47 am

    Dear Anurag-da,
    Thanks a lot for sharing such wonderful paintings,
    With warm regards
    Dr. Parul Mohan

  15. Yogesh MEHTA said,

    September 30, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Thanks for sharing such wonderful paintings! this is indeed to chersih!

    again thanks for the same.

    Yogesh Mehta.

  16. Kalachand Sain said,

    September 30, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Thank you so much for sharing these rare and amazing masterpieces. I am sure there must be many more magnum opus.

  17. September 30, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Dear Anurag,

    Thank you for sharing these rare paintings of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother by Barindra Kumar Ghose. They are wonderful and touch something within us.

    Sanjay

  18. Jayanthy said,

    October 1, 2011 at 3:13 am

    Something so soft and sweet in the paintings… yet indomitable, powerful… . The first one feels like one huge embrace of the universe. no bar or barrier …there is a place for all in his bosom … a freedom is given to enter …The second – the surrendered lotus at Her feet, given, offered, prone, speaks something of artist’s state as well …. beautiful. The second one – Light, Light where He casts his glance …. All of them, irresistable. Captured something deeply special ….

    With Gratitude

  19. Bikash Rath said,

    October 1, 2011 at 5:44 am

    Excellent! This in fact seems to contradict the fact that the same Barindra could leave the Ashram after developing some difference of opinion with the Master and the Mother, and rather helps us overcome that nagative experience.

    This sharing is one of the best activities of Overman Foundation. Can you share some photos of Bharat Brahmachari whose desciple Yogadananda later became an Ashramite? I asked for that even at the Ashram archives but was told it was not available.

  20. October 2, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    First time, seeing the paintings drawn by Barinda, heard some thing about him, through nirodbaran, one of the attendant of The master. Thankful to you very much, in the record of Yoga, Sri Aurobindo mentions the previous lives of his disciplies, he has recorded, Barin was
    the godhead ARYAMAN.

  21. pravin said,

    October 2, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    the pictures are a Divine-touch. thank you sir for this kind Anugraha.

  22. Barin Kulkarni said,

    October 3, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    These are indeed beautiful paintings. Thanks for sharing.

  23. Sushil said,

    October 6, 2011 at 3:30 am

    Thanks for sharing such beautiful, valuable & significant
    paintings.

  24. vibha said,

    October 6, 2011 at 5:55 am

    really beautiful paintings show unknown side of Barin da. thanks for sharing.

  25. Biranchi Karan said,

    October 6, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Grateful for these rare paintings.

  26. SAURABH MITRA said,

    October 7, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Thank u for sharing these beautiful paintings. Hope to receive more information in future.

  27. RAJAT KANTI MITRA said,

    October 7, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Thank u for sharing these paintings.

  28. SAVITRI said,

    October 19, 2011 at 6:25 am

    Adbhutam drusyam . Darsanena visesha anubhutihi.atah etani bhavachitrani .

  29. Sourit said,

    August 14, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Were these published anywhere? I mean, how were these attributed to Barin Ghose?

    • Sandeep said,

      September 10, 2012 at 4:57 pm

      There is some evidence that he could paint.
      Sri Aurobindo: “He (Barin) was also a painter, but it did not come to much in spite of his exhibitions. ”

      (Nirodbaran, Talks With Sri Aurobindo, vol. 1, 18 DECEMBER 1938)


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