Sunday, April 11, 2010

Binodini’s mentor

A poet, a dramatist, an actor…he threw himself into everything with the utmost vitality… he was also exceedingly sensual, his sex life was much discussed… he drank enormously, took opium and so forth” says Christopher Isherwood in his lecture used as an introduction to Girish Chandra Ghosh: A Bohemian Devotee of Sri Ramakrishna. The book by Swami Chetanananda recently published by the Vedanta Society of St Louis presents, among other things, many lively accounts of the women who came in contact with Girish Ghosh.

So what was the writer of Prafulla, Balidan, Bilvamangal, Jana and many more like in real life? Was he a womaniser or a passionate lover? Was he a guide and a teacher moulding actresses to fit the roles in his plays or was he himself drawing inspiration as a dramatist? What, for instance, was his relationship with Sister Nivedita?

The book records that the deaths of his first and second wives Pramodini and Suratkumari had left Girish distraught with grief and repentance for having wasted so much time on theatre. He had even tried to give it all up.

Full report here Telegraph

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