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Re: THEOS-L digest 934 Rukmini

Mar 05, 1997 04:41 AM

> >> In a message dated 97-02-25 09:53:40 EST, you write:
> >>
> >> >On Tue, 25 Feb 1997, m.k. ramadoss wrote:
> >>  Why on earth would Rukmini call herself an arhat,if it were patently
> >> untrue?
> >> >>
> >> Because she was either an idiot or crazy or both.
> >>
> >> Or maybe, like her husband, a congenital liar.
> >>
> >> Chuck the Heretic
> >
> >Chuck: I am being mis-quoted. That was not mine.
> >
> >mkr
> >
> >Bellville, 27.2.1997
> >
> >I have known Srimati Rukmini Devi for many years and was associated
> >with her between 1975 and 1984. During that period I visited
> >Kalakshetra College of Fine Arts in Tiruvanmiyur near Adyar
> >during half a year and did educational research work. I have
> >appreciated her great commitment towards the cause of education in
> >India. As you might know she and Dr. Arundale made it possible for
> >Maria Montessori to introduce her system of pre-primary education to
> >South Asia. She also founded Kalakshetra, which was in those days one
> >of the most reknown institutions for the Bharatanatyan style of
> >dancing and did a lot in animal welfare work and travelled untill her
> >death round the world to promote Theosophy.
> >I came to know her as a down to earth person.
> >
> >I know that there were controversies around her person but would
> >appreciate if these would be dealt with in an impartial and
> >historically contextualized way. Remarks like reproduced in the above
> >mentioned quote do not bring us anywhere.
> >
> >With kind regards
> >Jos Koetsier
> >Member of the TS in Cape Town South Africa
> Hi, Jos: As I had stated in a post, I was misquoted and Chuck has responded
> he mistyped.
> Even though I did not know her personally, while I was a member and an
> officer of the TS Lodge in Bangalore, India there were several occassions
> when I had the opportunity to invite her to come and speak at the lodge.
> Most of the time she was visiting on Kalashetra or Animal Welfare business,
> and every time she was invited she always squeezed in to come and deliver a
> lecture. All the lectures were very practically oriented and were much
> appreciated.
> Anyone who has an opportunity to visit Madras has just to go and see
> Kalashetra and then one can appreciate what she did for art and Indian
> dance. Some time ago it was made a National University. All this was
> accomplished by her single handedly.
> I wanted to add my 2 cents worth, as they say in the USA.
> mkr
Bellville, 05.03.1997

Thank you very much. I greatly appreciate your response. Could you
please give me more details about how Kalakshetra was made a National
University. Did that happen before or after Rukmini died? (1986?)


Jos Koetsier

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