More photographs of the early members of Sri Aurobindo Ashram

Dear Friends,

As the last installment of our series on the early years of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry, we are publishing some more photographs of the early inmates of the Ashram. A number of these photographs were gifted to us by Shri Nirmal Singh Nahar and Ms. Gauti Pinto. We take the opportunity to thank them for their priceless gifts.

With warm regards,

Anurag Banerjee


Overman Foundation.





                                          T. V. Kapali Sastriar


                                Suresh Chandra Chakravorty alias Moni


                                            Dr. Rajangam


                                Margaret Wilson alias Nishtha.


                                               Krishnalal Bhatt


                                           Sayanapuram Doraiswami Iyer.



               A. B. Purani with Mithran and Tyagarajan, Doraiswami’s sons.

                                 Kalyan Chaudhuri, Nirodbaran and Dilip Kumar Roy.


                       Venkatraman, Dilip Kumar Roy and Anil Kumar Bhattacharya


                                           Chandulal Shah


  1. RY Deshpande said,

    November 30, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Great, and congratulations.

  2. mahesh said,

    November 30, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    would appreciate if you also put dates along with the photos, datesof when the photographs were taken

    • Anurag Banerjee said,

      December 1, 2011 at 9:27 am

      Dear Mahesh-ji,

      Unfortunately we don’t know have any records showing when the photographs were taken. So it is difficult to put the dates.

      With warm regards,


  3. debjani said,

    November 30, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    what a treat ! thank you !

  4. Pilar said,

    November 30, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Thank you very much. Incalculable value for us to have these pictures.

    Fundación Centro Sri Aurobindo, Barcelona, Spain

  5. November 30, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    nice photos!

  6. Ritam Kumar said,

    November 30, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Really nice work, keep it up !

  7. Rachita Das said,

    November 30, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    I quite agree with Debjani. The photos are a real treat! Thank you.

  8. Srikant J. said,

    December 1, 2011 at 12:43 am

    Except Datta’s photo, I do not recollect having seen any of the other photograph even in the collection of the Mother upstairs, esp. with the names of each one.
    It is a good treasure !

  9. Ratna Lahiri said,

    December 1, 2011 at 6:35 am

    Would appreciate if a small biography of these sadhaks could also be added

    • Anurag Banerjee said,

      December 1, 2011 at 9:29 am

      Dear Ratna-di,

      It is a very good suggestion that you have given. We would definitely try to collect the biographical details of the sadhaks.

      With warm regards,


  10. Sharad Joshi said,

    December 1, 2011 at 7:25 am

    Overman Foundation is doing commendable work for the benefit of us, devotees, in its various activities. Congratulations, Anuragbhai !

    Sharad Joshi

  11. Samarendra Rout said,

    December 1, 2011 at 7:32 am

    Oh.. Great

  12. Nirakar said,

    December 1, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Photographs along with the Mother & Sri Aurobindo’s comments(if any) about them could flavour their spiritual personality.

  13. Dr Parul Mohan said,

    December 2, 2011 at 4:16 am

    Excellent efforts Anurag-da,

    With warm regards
    Dr Parul Mohan

  14. khitish udgata said,

    December 3, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    significant contributions of each sadhak in the works of The Mother may inspire others.kindly aid it if possible.

    with regards,
    khitish chandra udgata,Rourkela

  15. K.VIJAYA KUMAR said,

    December 3, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    Thank you very much for the rare photos.
    with warm regards,
    vijaya kumar

  16. May 28, 2013 at 11:45 am

    we are really blessed to see the photos by the grace of the mother and sri aurobindo thanks for all who done the DIVINE job

  17. purnima said,

    December 4, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Thank you very much for these old photos of my family: S Duraiswami Iyer, Thyagarajan and Mithran

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