Photographs of André Morisset, the Mother’s Son

Dear Friends,

André Morisset (23.8.1898—29.3.1982) was the Mother’s only son. His father Henri Morisset (6.4.1870—15.11.1956) was a noted French artist. Having received his early education at Lycee Chaptal School, André joined the army in October 1916 as an artillery officer and participated in the First World War. He received, as a reward for his bravery and contribution, several titles of honour which included the Cross of the War 1914-1918 (which he received just after the War), the Cross of the Voluntary Fighters and Chevalier of the Legion of Honour (these were received after 1935). In December 1919, he joined École Polytechnique and obtained the title of Ancien éléve de l’ecole polytechnique in August 1921, after which he joined Le Carbone-Lorraine. He was the director of a factory making batteries and other electrical materials for Le Carbone-Lorraine from 1926 to 1939. Later he joined the Industrial Company of Battery Cells and became the honorary President of the company. He was also associated with several foreign and international organizations and established himself very well in the elite society of Paris. On 10 September 1923, he married Wanda and was blessed with two daughters Janine (born on 7 November 1924) and Francoise (19.6.1931—15.3.2008) who was better known as Pournaprema in Sri Aurobindo Ashram. He visited Sri Aurobindo Ashram for the first time in 1949 and met the Mother after a gap of thirty-three years. In 1956, André established Sri Aurobindo Study Centre; this organization sent teaching materials, class textbooks and other objects to the Ashram School. In that very year, he established the Franco-Indian Union Association with the view of developing commercial, industrial and technological exchanges between France and India. As the Mother wanted India and France to collaborate with each other and show the rest of the world what they were capable of achieving, André worked to realize her dreams. After the demise of Pavitra in 1969, André became the de facto Director of Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education and the Mother gave all Her directions through him. When Auroville was established in 1968, he became a channel of communication between Auroville and the Mother.

A set of photographs of André Morisset has been published in the online forum of Overman Foundation.

With warm regards,
Anurag Banerjee
Founder,
Overman Foundation.

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1André Morisset with the Mother.

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3André Morisset with Champaklal.

4André Morisset seated on the Mother’s right at the Playground.

5

Same as above.

6

André Morisset seated on the Mother’s right at the Playground.

7[From left to right] Sisir Kumar Mitra, André Morisset, Sujata Nahar, the Mother, Pavitra and Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya.

9[From left to right] Debu Bhattacharya, Udar Pinto, André Morisset, Pavitra, Manoj Das Gupta, Hriday Bhattacharya and Satprem performing “Le Grand Secret”, a play by the Mother, on 1 December 1954.

10Same as above.

Andre, Mona and GauridiAndré Morisset with Mona Pinto and Gauri Pinto.

11André Morisset with Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, Udar Pinto, Kireet Joshi and Sisir Kumar Mitra at Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education on 12 December 1972.

12The Mother with André Morisset and Pavitra.

12.5[From left to right] Kireet Joshi, Kalyan, Prapatti, Udar Pinto, Nolini Kanta Gupta, André Morisset, Shyam Sunder Jhunjhunwala and Pradyut at the inauguration of Sri Aurobindo’s Action in 1970.

13André Morisset scattering rose petals on the Samadhi on 20 November 1973.

Andre4André Morisset with Nolini Kanta Gupta.

15[From left to right] Wanda (André’s wife), André Morisset, Janine Panier, Pournaprema and Nolini Kanta Gupta.

Photographs Courtesy: the late Pournaprema, Ms. Gauri Pinto and Anurag Banerjee.

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8 Comments

  1. SACHIKANT said,

    June 17, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Thanks a lot for very very rare Photos of The Mother’s & Andre da.
    JAI MAA

  2. Shruti Bidwaikar said,

    June 19, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Dear Mr. Banerjee

    Beautiful collection indeed. It is really touching and the photo tour truly is appealing and speaks much more than just sweet memories. Thank you for sharing with us this beautiful collection of the Mother’s son.

    Regards
    Shruti Bidwaikar

  3. Prasenjit Sen said,

    June 19, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Thank you so much, Anurag, for “showing” us these memorable pictures.

    Prasenjit Sen

  4. anraya12 said,

    June 19, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    lovely! thanks a lot anurag for sharing your bounty with the rest of divine mother’s children!

  5. mahua bhattacharjee said,

    July 2, 2014 at 4:02 am

    I dont thank you as it is beyond. No words again. Didnt know anything about Divine Mother’s son. Great to see Kireet Bhai whom I personally adore very much.

  6. Dhanavanti Nagda said,

    August 22, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Dear Anurag,

    I went through the set of photos. Many a sweet memories, of people, of the work in Atelier, came up. It was both fulfilling and heart rending.
    But through it all, that includes the comments that to lead to other photos and memories, what struck me most is the heart behind, the love and care the respect, so quietly palpitating,of an individual so beautifully present …………………. I can only wish ‘keep growing!’

    All my love.

    Dhanavanti

  7. Lalit kumar said,

    September 14, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Photo with People present at playground with the Mother………………from left to right – Indrasen-ji, Biren-da. Lalji-bhai,Motakaka..Amrita-da, Udar, Nolini-da, Violette, Andre-da , The Mother, Kobayashi, Priti-di, Gauri-di, Sutapa, Minni-di, Amiyo-da, and Chandrakant.

  8. Lalit kumar said,

    September 14, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Seated between Andre-da & the Mother is Eleanor Montgomery.


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