This video relives Calcutta's association with Sri Aurobindo for the period 1906-1910. It describes the fruition of Joya di's endeavour to put up Memorial Plaques at those places in Calcutta where Sri Aurobindo had stayed at or worked from.
KARAKAHINI (Tales of Prison life) is Sri Aurobindo's account of his experiences as an undertrial prisoner in Alipore Jail, Calcutta. It is written in Bengali.
This video is a reading from "Kara-Kahini' with additional scripting by Supriti Mukhopadhyay. Supriti Mukhopadhyay brings to life the events that led to Sri Aurobindo's incarceration and stay at Presidency Jail from May 5, 1908 till his release on May 6 1909. The pathos, the wit, the sarcasm, the irony in Sri Aurobindo's writing find expression in Supriti's reading.
The Master's solitary confinement in a 9 by 6 cell, the small courtyard in front of his cell where he was finally allowed to take a stroll twice a day, the ubiquitous bowl which served a dual purpose, visits to the courtroom for attending the trial proceedings, seeing Krishna everywhere, every such detail penned by Sri Aurobindo is made vivid by a masterly reading by Supriti Mukhopadhyay a century later.
KARAKAHINI (Tales of Prison Life) was first serialized in nine parts in the Bengali monthly, Suprabhat in 1909-1910. This series remained incomplete as Sri Aurobindo left Bengal in 1910. KARAKAHINI came out in book-form in 1920 from Chander-nagore.
In Joya di's voice
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