Pramod Kumar Chatterjee’s portrait of Sri Aurobindo

Dear Friends,

Pramod Kumar Chatterjee (1885—1979) was an author, painter and traveller who travelled extensively to meet enlightened yogis and ascetics. He was the Principal of the Baroda School of Arts and established the National Art Gallery at Masilipattanam in Andhra Pradesh and served the organization as its President. He is best known for his renowned book Tantrabhilasir Sadhusanga written in three volumes. He became an inmate of Sri Aurobindo Ashram in 1958 and was one of the very few who saw a vision of Supramental Consciousness in the form of a winged bird. His portraits of Sri Aurobindo were highly praised by the Mother.

A portrait of Sri Aurobindo made by Pramod Kumar Chatterjee has been uploaded in the online forum of Overman Foundation.

With warm regards,

Anurag Banerjee

Founder,

Overman Foundation.

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10 Comments

  1. March 11, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Nice to see this portrait by Pramod Kumar Charterjee…thanks very much

  2. March 20, 2014 at 5:03 am

    Reblogged this on The Mother's Lasso.

  3. Ray Molacha said,

    April 6, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    Was this man the author of “Whom God Protects”?
    I have read the book twice. Once in the library of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. That was nearly twenty years ago. I met one of his relations, who at that time was an inmate of the ashram. I don’t remember his name. At that time, he was attending the gate of the main ashram building. I visited his room. He painted flowers on cloth. I asked about acquiring a copy of the book, but he was unwilling. Instead, he gave me a gift of a book with quotes from Sri Aurobindo for every day of the year.

    I’m wondering if you might know how I could read that book again.

    Thank you. I look forward to exploring the links on this site.

    • May 14, 2015 at 7:20 am

      Yes, he was the same person. The Bengali version of the book you have referred is still available but I am not sure about the English version. If you want, I can try to collect a photo-copy of the book for you.

      With warm regards,
      Anurag Banerjee

  4. beni said,

    October 25, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Gurudas Banerji, grandson of the artist is the person you are referring to at ashram gate , a former student of ashram school , works at gate and samadhi, he is the one who had translated parts of Tantrabilashir Sadhusanga into english for Mother India …

  5. beni said,

    October 25, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Mother named him Dhiraj , call him or adress him only by this name , please , thanks

  6. beni said,

    October 26, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    one of the most unusual paintings he made was of a entity he saw when a very major lightning strike took place during a storm in pondicherry in the 60’s, painting was shown to the Mother and She confirmed it.

  7. Ray Molacha said,

    October 26, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    Yes! Dhiraj. That was his name. I’m glad to know that he still lives.

  8. beni said,

    October 28, 2015 at 11:30 am

    he’s fine , studied , economics and many other subjects in college , brilliant student, good sportsman when younger, have done decathlon with him in 1974, most regular in his work and life..

    • Ray Molacha said,

      October 28, 2015 at 12:21 pm

      Thank you for taking the time to continue the conversation and to paint a few more details of his life. When my wife and I visited the Ashram (for a few months on each of two separate occasions in ’97 and ’98) we never had more than short interactions with any of the sadhaks. People were involved in their work, and I felt shy to disturb them. That period stands out vividly in my memory, and I’m happy to have a few more details.

      Maybe the comment section of a blog is not the best place for a conversation. If you’d like to continue my email is ray_molacha(at)gmx(dot)co(dot)uk


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