The Mother’s Birth Certificate

Dear Friends,

February is the month in which, on the 21st, the Mother’s birthday is celebrated in the Aurobindonian community. To commemorate the said occasion, we would publish from this week onwards till the 29th of February a series of photographs and documents related to the Mother’s life and works as our humble tribute.

As the first installment of the series, we are publishing the copy of the birth certificate of the Mother. This birth certificate is a part of the Sujata Nahar Papers preserved in the archives of Overman Foundation. A translation of the certificate in English is also reproduced.

With warm regards,

Anurag Banerjee


Overman Foundation.



[This Sunday 24 February 1878 at 10 a.m., birth certificate of Blanche Rachel Mirra, of female sex, surname as under, born on the 21st of this month at 10:15 a.m., at the home of her father and mother, 41 Boulevard Haussmann, daughter of Maurice Alfassa, banker, aged thirty-five, and Mathilde Ismalun, his spouse, housewife, aged twenty-one, married at Alexandria (Egypt) on 18 June 1874. Under notification of the father, in the presence of the witnesses Aristide Sorel, employee, aged sixty-two, residing at Paris, 47 Rue Rochechouart, and Edouard Biscara, employee, aged thirty-nine, residing at Paris, 11 Rue Vintimille, who have signed with the father and me, Jean-Jacques Alfred Dutartre, deputy mayor. Read and approved:           

                    M. Alfassa       Ade.Sorel         E. Biscara       Alf. Dutartre]





  1. Vihang Naik said,

    February 2, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Thanks for sharing, Looking forward to the series.

  2. RY Deshpande said,

    February 2, 2012 at 11:41 am


  3. Rashmi said,

    February 2, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Very interesting! Please keep such precious information coming!!

  4. Sanjay Shirwalkar said,

    February 2, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Thank you Anurag for posting such an important piece of information. Sanjay

  5. Aravinda said,

    February 2, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Thanks 🙂

  6. Joan Price said,

    February 2, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Wonderful. Thanks so much.

  7. Arup basu said,

    February 3, 2012 at 5:45 am


    A rare piece indeed! A treasure to preserve.


  8. Mrs.T.Rathi said,

    February 3, 2012 at 6:35 am

    Thankyou so much


  9. Priyanka said,

    February 3, 2012 at 6:53 am


  10. February 3, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    You have done a wonderful work of publishing Mother’s birth certificate, certainly it’s a very different approach. Thanks a lot

  11. Mira said,

    February 3, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Really it is wonder ful work.

  12. February 3, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Fascinating!You are doing a commendable job,Anurag.

  13. Gayathiri said,

    February 3, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Thanks for sharing, Blessed to see this

  14. Kanishka said,

    February 10, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Thanks a million Anurag!Looking forward to thanking you again!

  15. Hasit Joy Moitra said,

    February 12, 2012 at 6:36 am

    Excellent piece of documentation. Thank you for sharing.

  16. indu said,

    February 13, 2012 at 2:33 pm


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