September 25, 2006

Sri Aurobindo Bhavan


On the occasion of the Birth Centenary of Sri Aurobindo in the year 1972, a National Committee was formed under the Chairmanship of the Prime Minister. As part of the programme, the Government of West Bengal established the Sri Aurobindo Samiti and the Sri Aurobindo Bhavan by Special Act (West Bengal Act XXIV of 1972).
Sri Aurobindo Bhavan in Shakespeare Sarani, the place where Sri Aurobindo was born, was renovated and the sacred relics of Sri Aurobindo were installed on 16 February, 1973. The memorial Shrine has since become a place of pilgrimage.Sri Aurobindo Samiti has been contained for propagating the teachings of Sri Aurobindo among the people so as to help them raise their mental and moral outlook and to solve their social, economic, cultural and spiritual problems in the light of such teachings. The Governor of West Bengal is the ex-officio Chairman of the Samiti and the Chief Minister an ex-officio member.
Library & Reading Room :Sri Aurobindo Bhavan houses a free Reading Room and a lending Library, with more than 26,000 books and 70 periodicals on various subjects. There is also a Childrens’ Library, which is one of the largest of its kind in Calcutta, having one 26,000 books in English, Bengali and Hindi.
Lectures and Study courses :Weekly lectures on Sri Aurobindo’s works, teaching and related topics are held. The Bhavan also organizes study courses under expert guidance on different aspects of Sri Aurobindo’s teaching.
It organizes cultural events, indoor/outdoor games and youth campus. An indoor gymnasium has been opened for physical culture. This section also brings out a quarterly journal, Vigil.
This cultural wing of the Bhavan imparts training in the performing arts and also encourages other cultural & artistic activities. Formed in 1980, the centre continues to give regular training in drawing and painting, Rabindra sangeet, Bharatnattyam, Kathak as well as spoken English.

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