Shri Gopal Bhattacharjee

Shri Gopal Bhattacharjee

     Born in 1936,  in a village of East Bengal in  In-
dia, Sri Gopal Bhattacharjee had his early education in
the University of Gauhati,  in Assam. At the age of 19,
in 1956,  on seeing a book with Sri Aurobindo's picture
on the cover at a railway station in Assam, he was ins-
pired  to  meet The Mother in Pondicherry He met Her on
16th October, 1956, and immediately on return, opened a
Centre  in  Digboi,  Assam,  where he was engaged as an
apprentice. The same year, with The Mother's blessings,
he  left for England to pursue higher training in engi-
neering.  While in England,  he maintained contact with
the Mother through personal letters.                   
     In 1972, he organised Sri Aurobindo's Birth Cente-
nary celebrations in different  states  of  India,  and
opened many Centres.  After that, as Joint Secretary of
the Society,  he has travelled abroad and visited  more
than  120 countries in order to spread the teachings of
Sri Aurobindo and The Mother,  and to let the people of
the  world  know of Sri Aurobindo's integral Yoga.  His
articles and interviews have been published by the  na-
tional  dailies  in different countries,  including the
U.K.  and the U.S.A.  He has also given talks on radio,
and has appeared for interviews in many countries.     
     Sri Aurobindo  Society is a consultative member of
UNESCO. Mr Bhattacharjee has represented the Society at
the UNESCO Conference of Non-Governmental Organisations
at Paris many times.  At the 22nd Annual Conference  in
Paris in 1990, he was elected, by an overwhelming majo-
rity, a member of the UNESCO Executive Committee in Ca-
tegory B of NGO.