these two days programmes, Professor Ramaranjan Mukherjee and Vrindavan
Das Kathia Baba, presided over respectively. Gopika Charan Singha
sang the opening song – ‘Jagao hey prabhu manav samajey’;
- a song that was written by Mahanambrataji during his sojourn in
America. The music was composed by Chidananda Goswami. Because of
sudden serious illness of Mahasweta Devi, Swami Vedswarupananda
Maharaj; the Chief Guest, inaugurated the programme. While delivering
his inaugural speech, he eulogized that in the Second World Parliament
of Religions then renamed as World Fellowship of Faiths; Mahanambrataji
rendered a great service by elevating ‘Sanatan Dharma &
Indian Spiritual Philosophy.’ He was truly authorized to adhere
to truth, self-restraint and religious affinity. He was regarded
as the most valuable asset to all. Sougata Roy, The Central Minister
and Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghosh were conspicuous by their presence
in this august gathering.
Sougata Roy – elucidated that in order to establish the realm
of religion in India, great individuals descended in various era.
Mahanambrataji was in-continuation to that stream. He showed the
path of humanity in religion. In his welcome address Upasakbandhuji,
the Secretary of Mahanam Sevak Sangha, explained the background
of Mahanam Brataji’s representation from India. While delivering
his introductory lecture, Professor Chidananda Goswami emphasized
that Vivekananda turned the northbound religions towards south.
And by preaching religion of the Eastern region; Mahanambrataji
created Easternisation of western minds. Justice Pinaki Ghosh stated
that Mahanambrataji dedicated himself in purifying the inner-core
of human beings and he adored his idealism of services towards humanity.
Professor Ramaranjan Mukherjee, in his presidential address; stressed
on the fact that western countries, being very polished, were not
that beautiful in spirituality. Mahanambrataji spread the message
of spiritual beauty to the whole world. He strongly believed that
God’s footprints were lurking in the footprints of Mahanambrataji.
Sri Bikash Kumar Rudra, the President of the Sangha, pleased everyone
through his vote of thanks.
After the speeches and deliberations of the distinguished Guests,
a short play depicting the conversations and interactions of Dr.
Mahanambrata Brahmachari with the members of a Ladies’ Club
near Chicago, USA almost 75 years back was staged by Mahanam Natya
Sangstha (a wing of Mahanam Sevak Sangha). All the devotees thoroughly
enjoyed this play where every one was taken way back into the history
but at the same time found deliberations of Mahanambrataji relevant
even today. Every one was of the opinion that such programmes with
numerous interesting aspects of Mahanambratajis Life and works should
definitely be taken up in future which will help the present generation
to know him better.
The second day’s programme was presided over by Vrindavan
Das Kathia Baba. Opening song was sung by Minati Goswami, Shyamali
Dutta, Bratati Bhaduri, Chanda Saha etc.
Professor Supriya Munshi, Director, Barrackpore Gandhi Museum, conducted
a comparative discussions on idealisms of Gandhiji to those of Mahanambrataji’s.
Sri Manas Ghosh, Editor, Dainik Statesman news paper, emphasized
that Mahanambrataji’s life itself was his teachings. By blending
information with wisdom, a unique synthesis of erudite writer and
a religious ascetic was created in him. He infused life in human
beings through the source and fountain of eternal bliss. Kinkar
Samananda and Dr. Subodh Chowdhury also placed their view-points.
While making a hearty discussions on Mahanambrataji’s erudition
and devotional approach; Dr. Chowdhury captivated everybody. His
elocution contained deep explanations of Mahanambrataji’s
entity of consciousness. Vrindavan Das Kathia Baba, in his Presidential
address; presented a very valuable speech – full of wisdom
and devotional theme. Sri Jyotirmoy Guha presented the valedictory
On 7th July Gurupurnima Utsav was held wherein numerous devotees
worshiped the life size idol of Dr. Mahanambrata Brahmachari on
the main stage. Programme started in the morning with the worshipping
and Arati of Sri Gurudev by the Brahmacharis of the Mahanam Sampraday
and continued up to almost 2 PM. Prasad was distributed to all.
All the while during this programme devotional songs were being
sung by the groups of devotees present at the main foyer of the
Temple. In the morning between 9-12 PM free check up for diabetic
patients were arranged at Mahanam Angan. In the evening, a dharmasabha
(religious meet) was arranged where Brahmacharis and monks delivered
talks on various aspects of Gurupurnima with special reference to
On 8th July in the morning Annual General Body meeting of Mahanam
Sevak Sangha was held. As per usual tradition of the sangha every
year AGM is held on the day after Gurupurnima. In the Evening, a
grand event was put up in the memory of Srimati Kaminisundari Devi,
mother of Dr. Mahanambrata Br. The program was conceived, organised
and staged by Asramite Lady devotees with the help of a few young
girls and boys under the Guidance of Srimati Manjushree Kar and
Gita Guha. Following items were presented.
On the onset a programme on Kaminisundari Devi was presented through
songs and elocutions of a suitable script prepared on the subject.
A musical dance drama based on a song written by Dr. Mahanambrata
Br. on Prabhu Bandhusundar was staged by three young girls with
one girl playing the role Prabhu very vividly.
A short play on the part of the life of Kaminisundari Devi young
Mahanambrtaji (then called Bankim) was staged by young boys and
Jubilee Celebration Programme (as printed on invitation card)
5th July 2009
Afternoon 4 PM
(1st Session of Platinum Jubilee Convention)
Mangalacharan: Sreemat Bandhu Gourav Brahmachari, Asst. Secretary,
Inaugural Song: Sree Gopikacharan Singh
Welcome Speech: Sreemat Upasakbandhu Brahmachari, Secretary, Mahanam
Sampraday & Mahanam Sevak Sangha, India
Introductory Speech: Prof. Chidananda Goswami, Vice-President, Mahanam
Welcoming of guests and offering of homage to Dr. Mahanamabrata
Inaugural speech: Shreemati Maheshweta Devi (famous humanitarian
literary personality who received “ Gyan peeth” award
from Govt. of India which is the highest award for literature in
Chief guest’s speech: Sreemat Swami Vedaswarupananda Maharaj.
(Representative of Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Golpark)
Speech of Honourable special guest : Prof. Sree Sougata Roy ( Member
of Parliament and Minister of State of the Urban Development Dept.
of Govt. of India , New Delhi.)
Speech of special guest: Sree Pinaki Chandra Ghosh (Honourable Justice,
Calcutta High Court)
Presidential Speech: Prof. Dr. Ramaranjan Mukhopadhay ( Ex. Vice
Chancellor Burdwan university and Rabindra Bharati University)
Vote of Thanks: Sree Bikas Kumar Rudra (President, Mahanam Sevak
Programme Coordinator: Srimati Krishna Chattopadhyay ( Calcutta
A short play depicting the conversations and interactions of Dr.
Mahanambrata Brahmachari with the members of a Ladies’ Club
near Chicago, USA almost 75 years back will be staged by Mahanam
6th July 2009
Morning 10 AM: Convention of devotees . Coordinator: Sreemat Bandhu
Afternoon 4 PM:
2nd Session of Platinum Jubilee Convention
Vedic Invocation: Surajit Bandopadhay and group ( Premmandir Sanskrita
Inaugural song: Minati Goswami and team (“ akashe surya ache
Welcome speech: Sreemat Bandhu Gourav Brahmachari, Asst. Secretary,
Chief guest’s speech: Sreemat Swami Jitatmanamda Maharaj (
Head of Ramakrishna Mission’s recently developed famous Unit
and Cultural Centre at the Holy Birthplace of Swami Vivekananda.
He is also a renowned orator who delivered an impressive speech
at the U.N. Millennium World Peace Summit at New York, U.S.A. in
the year 2000)
Speeches of guests of honour:
Sree Manas Ghosh (Editor, Dainik Statesman news paper)
Prof. Supriya Munshi ( Director, Barrackpore Gandhi Museum)
Prof. Dr. Subodh Chowdhury ( Former Principal, Herambachandra College)
Sreemat Kinkar Shyamananda Maharaj (Mahamilan Math), Professor,
Sanskrit college and Calcutta University.
Sreemat Debananda Brahmachari Maharaj, Head of Prem-mandir Rishra
Presidential Speech: Sreemat Vrindavanbeharidas Kathiababa. Head
of Sree Sree Kathiababa Ashram, Sukhchar.
Vote of Thanks: Sree Jyotirmoy Guha (Asst. Secretary, Mahanam Sevak
Sangha and Mahanambrata Cultural and Welfare Trust).
Programme coordinator: Sreemati Krishna Chattopadhay (Calcutta Television)