June 06, 2009

Dr Raghunath Pani came in contact with The Mother of Sri Aurobindo Ashram in 1955

Books › 1. Ama siksha samasya by Raghunath Pani (1995)
2. Integral education: Thought and practice by Raghunath Pani (Ashish Pub. House (New Delhi) - 1987) Integral education: thought and practice - Pani - Cited by 4

Summary: Comprehensive study on the new approach of the education policy of the Government of India, in comparison with the integral education of Aurobindo Ghose, 1872-1950. Acharya Vidyananda Saraswati Address : Sri Jyotirmayashram, Bhubaneswar -7. Page The multitudinous mind of the author traverses freely from Plato to Piaget and Valmiki to Vivekananda collecting the gems of thought from every significant ... Page 63 Comenius (John Amos, 1592 to 1670) The contribution of Comenius, the Zech Bishop to the field of philosophical thought and educational practice, ... Page 64 According to Comenius men are not born human but they have the inherent capacity to become human. In other words this implies that man is imperfect but he ... Page 82 Descartes revives the importance and power of human reason while Comenius stresses that man is born imperfect but has the possibility of growing into ... Page 73 Pestalozzi (Johann Henrich, 1746-1807) Pestalozzi, popularly known as Father Pestalozzi is famous for his conception of a harmonious development of the ... Page 74 Thus, for Pestalozzi the human organism has three basic aspects : intellectual, physical and moral. The intellectual results from man's relation to his ... Page 82 Father Pestalozzi brings in for the first time the concept of man as a growing organism with the ... Page 81 Dewey points out that there are two essential factors in education-trie individual and the social. The individual factor necessitates taking the individual ... Page 83 Dewey, the last representative in Western thought, presents man as a growing organism with flexibility and capacities for developing in different directions ... Page 469 In our own age and century Dewey, the American educationist writes : "The child is the starting point, the centre, and the end. His development, his growth ...

Sri Geetagovinda Pratisthana, Puducherry is a non-profit charitable trust engaged in the promotion and propagation of Indian and Orissan culture. The main object of the trust shall be to preserve, promote and enrich the heritage of Sri Geetagovinda and Sri Jayadeva, Srimandira and Srikshetra, the cultural and artistic heritage of Orissa in general and of Odissi Sangeeta, Geeta, Vadya and Nritya in particular, and in pan – Indian context, the cultural and artistic heritage of India.

The trust will foster, encourage, support and undertake the cultural documentation, including documentation of oral heritage by utilizing all available formats including those for the multimedia and digital libraries, the scope of documentation to include, among others, compilation of musical notations, video records of musical and dance performances, of paintings, etchings and manuscripts as well as digital records in audio, photographic, video and other available formats, of relevant materials

The Founder: The Trust was founded in 2001 by Late Dr. Raghunath Pani – noted teacher, educationist, scholar and cultural organizer from Orissa who dedicated his entire life for holistic development of mind, body, heart and soul of his students through integral education based on the teachings of the Mother and Sri Aurobindo. Dr Raghunath Pani composed a geeti-natya or dance-drama which weaved the life and legends of Jayadeva into the narrative of Geetagovinda in Odissi style in the early 1960s and played a vital role in popularizing this great classic...

The Founder: Dr Raghunath Pani was born on 20th July 1923 in the village Gurandi near Paralakhemundi of Ganjam district of Orissa state. He belongs to an established family of purohits who served the erstwhile Maharaja of Paralakhemundi, as family priests engaged in the traditional worship of private temple deities belonging to the family. The family was also well known for their melodious traditional musical renderings in the temple and in the court of the Maharaja. His tenacity and undaunted spirit in joyful struggle made him the first PhD in Education from Utkal University in 1968.

A pathfinder and a pacesetter with multidimensional experience in all fields and aspects of education from pre-primary to postgraduate and from teaching to research and administration he brought Physical and Art Education to the fore of the Core-Curriculum at the National level and restored education to its intrinsic dignity (more)

Integral education has been the specialisation of his career. His works on education, specially his magnum opus Integral Education: Thought and Practice is acclaimed as a fundamental contribution to the development of New Education in the country.

Music has been closest to Dr Pani’s heart and in his younger days he developed a rare combination of vocal renderings in the classical Hindustani and traditional Odissi style, while playing the veena in the traditional Carnatic style. Composing music and directing dance-dramas have been his hobby and passion. Dr Pani was a singer of light classical music at All India Radio, Ranchi and Kolkata stations during 1940’s and 1950’s.

Dr Pani came in contact with The Mother of Sri Aurobindo Ashram in 1955. With her overwhelming grace, his musical and dramatic talent blossomed and he composed music for several dance itema and dance dramas. He also became active in organising cultural events and organisations. In the late nineteen fiftees he played a pioneering role in establishing Kala Niketan at Koraput, a relatively remote area in Southern Orissa.

He considered his life as an eternal pilgrimage in the cause of integral education that addressed the total needs of the mind, body, heart and soul of his students he so dearly loved.

In the late nineteen fifties he wrote a dance drama on Jayadeva and Geetagovinda and enacted this with the help of Odissi gurus Trinath Maharana and Natabara Maharana. He later refined this with the choreography of legendary guru Pankaj Charan Das who was assisted in this by then very young Gangadhar Pradhan.

This sowed the first seeds of a great revival of interest in Jayadeva and Geetagovinda and with the active involvement and contribution of his son this is today a vibrant movement.

Dr Raghu Nath Pani will be remembered as a great teacher, a dedicated institution builder and a fine cultural organiser. In his last years that he spent at Puducherry, he founded Sri Geetagovinda Pratisthana to carry on the work of rediscovering India’s cultural heritage and especially the heritage of Jayadeva and Geetagovinda.

The Indian Scriptures and the Life Divine - Google Books by Binita Pani - 1993 - Social Science - 367 pages... daughter of Dr. Raghunath Pani, an eminent educationist, teacher and an exponent of Integral Education. She completed her Post- Graduate Degree in Philosophy in...

Vivekananda Aurobindo & Gandhi on education by Susmit Prasad Pani; Samar Kumar Pattnaik []

Gandhi Aurobindo and Radhakrishnan on Bhagavadgita Author: Susmit Prasad Pani; AN Mishra; Geeta Satpathy []

Programme Description Programme Duration Personal Contact Programme Programme at a Glance Course Descriptions Download as pdf Back to SACAR - IGNOU Main Back to SACAR Main

PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION: This 64-credit programme is designed to give the learner a broad and deep understanding ofSri Aurobindo’s thought, vision and spiritual practice. It consists of several structured courses, and combines both theoretical and experiential learning. A 7-day personal contact period is also included. Plenty of course choices are also available for learners to structure their programme according to their areas of interest.

Towards the end of the programme, the learner makes a final presentation at SACAR for which they receive 5 credits. Detailed guidance is provided for this presentation. For foreign applicants, we generally suggest appropriate alternatives for this final presentation (they may email at for details).

Two (2) years for full-time students
Four (4) years for half-time students
Maximum time allowed to complete the programme: Five (5) years

Important note for August 2009 candidates for PGD, MA, M.Phil & PhD programmes: 7-day PCP will be held at SACAR, Pondicherry from July 29-August 4, 2009Foreign applicants, please email at for details

While most of the course facilitation and instruction happens online, the programme also includes one 7-day visit to SACAR campus. This personal contact period is scheduled at the beginning of the programme. During this time, learners work closely with facilitators in Pondicherry and participate in different academic activities organized at SACAR. These may include lectures, discussions, preparing projects and conducting other research work in consultation with SACAR faculty. They are also given demonstration and hands-on training for the online learning system used for the programme. Additionally, learners benefit immensely by experiencing and absorbing the spiritual atmosphere of Sri Aurobindo Ashram and Auroville. Learners are awarded 4 (Four) credits for participating and completing the PCP.

Master of Sri Aurobindo Studies Degree Programme
The MSAS programme, offered in collaboration with Hindu University of America

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