The occasion of the centenary year of Aurobindo's arrival in Puducherry was highlighted through a play.
Powerful performance:Of the play
In homage to Sri Aurobindo on the occasion of the centenary year of his arrival in Punducherry, a play “Tryst with God” was staged by the students of the Sri Aurobindo International School (SAIS). The enactment of the historic Alipore Jail Trail was both enlightening and thought provoking with a cast of 35 students doing their school proud.
It was in 1908 that Sri Aurobindo was imprisoned by the British for being the prime suspect in the bomb outrage that killed two European ladies in Calcutta. The 12 months of solitary confinement that followed in the Alipore Jail proved to be the turning point in the life of the revolutionary mystic.
While behind bars he read the Bhagavad Gita and had what he termed a ‘tryst with Lord Krishna who from then on became his master and guide. It was the famous defense lawyer Chittaranjan Das who fought his case in which Sri Aurobindo was acquitted.
“Enacting Sri Aurobindo has given me a better understanding of this great personality – it has immensely increased my regard for him and gratitude to my school,” says Susheel of Std. X who played the poet Sage. An impressive performance by Pranav as Chittaranjan Das and explanations by Narrators Aila and Avani gave clarity to the mixed age groups in the audience. “When we speak about India's Independence Sri Aurobindo's contribution often goes unrecognised. This play helped us understand the crucial role played by him in the freedom struggle,” says Stage Manager, Aila Bandagi. “Tryst with God” was conceived and scripted by Dr Chhalamayi Reddy, Principal, SAIS and sponsored by Aurobindo Pharma Ltd.
The Institute of Human Study opened the SAIS with the blessings of the Mother in 1965 to promote education in the light of Sri Aurobindo's vision. Integral education with emphasis on the development of all the different parts constituting the human being through holistic learning is keenly followed here.
Sri Aurobindo arrived in Puducherry on April 4 1910
To commemorate the centenary year the “Aurobindo Express” from Howrah to Puducherry was flagged off on April 9, 2010
This train will have a special exhibition coach on the life and times of Sri Aurobindo
For information on camps: email: firstname.lastname@example.org for camps organised by Sri Aurobindo Society (for children above 15) The HinduYoung WorldTuesday, Apr 27, 2010