Unveiling the sculpture of Sri Aurobindo in UNESCO
UNESCO Director-General unveils the bronze statue of Sri Aurobindo – great philosopher, savant and spiritualist from India
On 16 September 2009, Mr Koichiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO joined Mr Rameshwar Pal Agrawal the Secretary for Education of the Government of India and Dr Karan Singh, Chairman of the Auroville Foundation, to unveil the bronze statue of Sri Aurobindo, recently installed at UNESCO's Headquarters premises.
Dr Kapila Vatsyayan, India's representative to the Executive Board and Ambassador Bhaswati Mukherjee also participated in the ceremony.
Observing that the crises that the world is traversing are not only economic and financial, but moral, ethical, and spiritual, Mr Matsuura said that “The teachings of Sri Aurobindo, who will forever be associated with the founding of Auroville, the unique international township founded as a place where people from different cultural, educational and political backgrounds could work together towards their common goal of human unity and sustainable living, resonate particularly strongly as we search for long-term solutions”. “It is therefore very fitting that this monumental sculpture by a member of the Auroville community, Mr Lalit Verma, should find a home in this House of Dialogue”, he continued.
According to the information we have it is the first case in history when the worldwide organization is setting up the statue of Sri Aurobindo in its premises. [source website]