Visiting the scene of those meetings on 11 November 1966, Prithwindra Mukherjee found the house number 9, very near the Church of the Val de Grâce, black with moss and age:
A gust of perfume – dank soil, grass, falling leaves, moist tree-trunks and something else, something indefinable – greeted us. A picturesque square rimmed by tall houses … the eyes rested marvelling, at the end of the square, on a tiny one-and-a-half storeyed building neatly standing out unique in that surrounding.5
A couple of low stairs led up to the greenish door, and Prithwin felt that the doorway still remembered Mirra’s delicate footsteps of more than half a century ago! It was a small house with but one room upstairs, and the rest was the ground floor and there were also steps leading to the garden. wasn’t this the house that was invoked in Mirra’s prayer of 7 October 1913? Location: Home > E-Library > Works Of Disciples > K R Srinivas Iyenger > On The Mother > Chapter – 3 Encounters And Explorations
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Prithwindra Mukherjee (b.1936) has retired in 2003 as a researcher in Human & Social Sciences Department of French National Centre of Scientific Research  in Paris. He is the author of a number of books and publications in varied subjects.
Prithwindra was born in Kolkata in 1936, India and was brought up in Sri Aurobindo Ashram School (at present Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education) in Pondicherry. He is the grandson of the Bengali revolutionary Jatindranath Mukherjee (Bagha Jatin).
Professional and academic life
Prithwindra started as a teacher of Bengali, French and English language and literature in Pondicherry. He was mentioned by the Sahitya Akademi (New Delhi) manuals and anthologies as a poet before he attained the age of 20. As a specialist of French language and literature, he translated several French authors like Albert Camus, Saint-John Perse, René Char directly from the original. He moved to Paris with a French Government Scholarship (1966-70). He prepared and defended a thesis on Sri Aurobindo at Sorbonne. Later he served as a lecturer on Indian civilisation and philosophy, producer of several radio features on Indian culture and music for Radio France, and he was also free-lancing as a journalist for the Indian and French press. His next thesis for Doctorat d’Etat (PhD), was supervised by Raymond Aron in University Paris IV, on the pre-Gandhian phase of India’s freedom fight. His thesis discussed this movement from 1893 to 1918 and its spiritual roots.
In 1977, invited by the National Archives of India as a guest of the Historical Records Commission, he presented a paper on Jatindra Nath Mukherjee and the Indo-German Conspiracy in the presence of personalities like Arthur L. Basham and Professor S. Nurul Hasan. Prithwindra’s original contribution in this area has been recognised by Professor Amales Tripathi, Bhupendrakumar Datta, Dr Jadugopal Mukhopadhyay, Dr. M.N. Das (Utkal University),¨Professor A.C. Bose, Samaren Roy, Bhupati Majumdar, Basudha Chakravarty. Quite a few of his papers on the subject have been translated into major Indian languages.
Since his reaching Paris, for a number of years, invited by the literary magazine Desh of Calcutta he published his impressions of Paris life (Paris’ér chithi – Letters from Paris ), as well as several cover features including Jatin Mukherjee alias Bagha Jatin, M.N. Roy, Tarak Nath Das, Dhan Gopal Mukerji, French Revolutionary and the Bengali intelligentsia and the poetry-cum-dance genre of the kîrtana (on which he has also produced a documentary film).
He went to USA as a Fulbright scholar and discovered, especially in the Wilson Papers, scores of files covering the Indian revolutionaries. On returning to France in 1981, he joined French National Centre of Scientific Research in 1981. He was also a founder-member of the French Literary Translators’ Association . He retired from there a few years back. He has published as much in Bengali as in French. One of his recent contributions is a documentary film on the musical pillars in the temples of South India (CNRS-Audiovisual, Paris).
The eminent author Jacques Attali in his French biography of Gandhi (Fayard, 2007) mentions his debt to PM for having revised the manuscripts and collaborated actively.
- Danse cosmique – (trilingual collection of selected poems, published on the occasion of the creation of Correspondences voice (Dawn Upshaw) and orchestra (Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle) by the senior French composer Henri Dutilleux: it contains as the first movement PM’s ‘Danse cosmique’, in homage to Shiva Nataraja; Foreword by Jean Biès, éd. Le Décaèdre/ Findakly, 2003
- Sri Aurobindo, ‘Biographies’, Desclée de Brouwer, 2000
- Nandî le Fou et autres nouvelles de Banaphul. Selection of texts, translation, introduction and notes. Gallimard, 1994.
- Anthologie de la poésie bengalie, choix de textes, traduction, introduction et notes, 1991. 301p. Repr. in pocket book, 1992, L’Harmattan.
- Les écrits bengalis de Sri Aurobindo. Foreword by Olivier LACOMBE of the French Academy. Dervy-Livres, 1986.
- Chants bâuls, les Fous de l’Absolu, selection of texts, translation in French and English, introduction, notes on esoteric symbols. éd. Findakly/ Ministry of Culture, 1985.
- Maître Camkara, discours sur le bouddhisme, éd. Trédaniel, 1985
- Le sâmkhya, essai philosophique. Foreword by Professor Guy BUGAULT (University Paris IV). Epi/DDB, 1983.
- Serpent de flammes, poèmes. Foreword G. MOURGUE. éd. Estienne, 1981
- Chants Caryâ, a collection of Bengali sahaj-yâna texts, with introduction and notes, Le Calligraphe, Paris, 1981
- Poèmes du Bangladesh, a selection of poems, Publications Orientalistes de France, Paris, 1975 (with LP containing some poems recited by Madeleine Renaud, Jean-Louis Barrault and PM)
- Thât/Mélakartâ : The Fundamental Scales in Indian Music of the North and the South, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi, 2004; foreword by Pandit Ravi Shankar
- prasanga bâul : kichhu durbhâvanâ (‘About the Bâuls : Some Questions’) in Ebong mushâyérâ, Kolkâtâ
- sri aurobindo ki samasâmayik ? (‘Is Sri Aurobindo our contemporary ?’) in Vasudhârâ, Kolkâtâ,
- Sri Aurobindo (biographie), Sri Aurobindo Institute of Culture, Kolkâtâ, 2003 [Sri Aurobindo Award]
- Cognitive Prototypes in Râgas of Indian Music .in Proceedings of the XVth International Congress of Linguists, Palais de Congress, 1997, Elsevier Science, Oxford, 1998
- “Rabindranâth Tagore” in Les Prix Nobel de Littérature, éd. L’Alhambra, Paris, 1992, pp.185-191.
- “Rabindranath Tagore” in Encyclopédie Universalis (several editions since 1982)
- “Rabindranath tagore” in Dictionaire des littératures, Presses Universitaires de France, Paris
- Vishvéra chokhé Rabindranath, tributes to the Poet, Rupa & Co, Calcutta, 1991
- Undying Courage : Biography of Jatindranath Mukherjee (one of the founders of the Freedom Movement in India), Academic Publishers, Calcutta, 1992
- Sâdhak biplabi jatîndranâth : a comprehensive biography of Jatindranath Mukherjee, West Bengal Board of Books, Calcutta, 1991
- Bâghâ Jatîn, an abridged biography, Dey’s Publishing, Calcutta, 4th Edition.
- ^ Sri Aurobindo International Centre Of Education, Sri Aurobindo Society, Pondicherry: Sri Aurobindo, yoga, the Mother, philosophy and religion
- “Prithwindra Mukherjee” in Translation & Translators: An International Directory and Guide (ed.) Stefan Congrat-Butlar, R.R. Bowker Company, New York & London, 1979, pp153-154, 173, 174
- “Prithwindra Mukherjee” in International Who’s Who in Translation & Terminology, Union Latine, Paris, Nottingham, Viena, 1995, pp262-3
- “Prithwindra Mukherjee” in bangiya sahityakosha,(ed.) Ashoke Kundu, Vol. XI,1979, p230
- “Prithwindra Mukherjee” in The Golden Treasury of Indo-Anglian Poetry, (ed.) V.K. Gokak, Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi, pxxi, p261