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Sri Aurobindo: India’s Freedom and Beyond – A Short Animation Film


Synopsis of the Project

Description

A short animation film on Sri Aurobindo, based on our research into his role in India’s freedom. It will cover the period of Sri Aurobindo’s life from when he returned to India after his education in England (1893) to the eventful meeting of the Mother with him (1914). This is the most visible part of Sri Aurobindo’s public life and most thrilling to the youth of India and the world. His further work at Pondicherry will also be suggestively included.

Purpose  

  • Introduce Sri Aurobindo to the youth of India and the world, to inspire them
  • Do this in a modern medium of communication as a work of timeless art

Film Style

  • Animation, of a high artistic quality and aesthesis
  • Technically & technologically on par with international standards

Film Duration

Apprx. 20 min.

Project By 

AuroYouth & SAFIER, the youth & educational initiatives of Sri Aurobindo Society, Puducherry

Timeline

Trailer to be ready by May 2021

Full film to be ready for release on 15th August 2022, the 150th birth anniversary of Sri Aurobindo

Film Budget

  1. A seed fund of Rs. 12-15 lakhs is needed immediately for a short trailer.The creation of the trailer will help us to derive the style of art and characters. It will give us a taste of what is being made and can be used as a means for raising funds for the full film.
  2. The full project cost INR 1.2Cr to 1.5Cr depending on the artistic complexity.

This is an offering to Sri Aurobindo and the Mother by all of us who work for the realisation of Their vision.

Why Are We Making This Animation Film for Youth?

Sri Aurobindo – a freedom fighter, writer, poet and yogi – is a vast synthesis of Matter and Spirit, Science and Spirituality, the human and the Divine. And he affirmed that ‘Man is a transitional being’, and that we have not reached our potential yet. What we have been, is nothing compared to what we could be. And the Choice to willingly collaborate in this Future is ours and ours alone to make.

The youth of India does not know about Sri Aurobindo and his work, and especially the intense role he played in India’s freedom. The view of the British Government was clearly expressed in what Lord Minto, the then Viceroy and Governor-General of India, wrote about Sri Aurobindo: “I can only repeat … that he is the most dangerous man we now have to reckon with.”

Sri Aurobindo not only lit the fire of complete freedom for his country which was under the rule of the British Raj (during the early 20th century), but also opened the doors of the future while living a secluded life in Pondicherry. The upcoming 150th birth anniversary will be the perfect time to bring out a film keeping in mind the spirit of the youth. And in a medium and language that resonates with the young.

About The Animation Style of the Film

Film Style

The medium of animation film allows for fine artistic expressions. Sri Aurobindo has written highly about the Bengal artists like Abanindranath Tagore and Nandalal Bose and the renaissance of India’s artistic genius through their work. We wish to derive the art style of the film based on their works to capture the essence of that spirit.  We want to create something of timeless artistic value that can be shown in any of the international film festivals and inspire the generations to come.

Film Director and Production Studio

We will be commissioning this film to an animation studio in Mumbai http://studioeeksaurus.com who are well established in this field with many national and international awards. The director and lead animator of the film will be Suresh Eriyath who is the founder of the studio with 20 years of experience.

Details on the Animation Style for the Film

We want this film to be a fine work of art expressive of the spirit of India that can be shown in any of the international film festivals for not only its message but also for its artistic value. Besides, we want the film to be of timeless value. To do so, animation is a perfect medium, especially to make it as a work of art. But which artistic style and spirit shall we follow? A guiding light can be found in Sri Aurobindo’s own words.

He wrote in 1909 in Karmayogin under the title ‘The Awakening Soul of India’: “In Bengal, again, the national spirit is seeking to satisfy itself in art and, for the first time since the decline of the Moguls, a new school of national art is developing itself, the school of which Abanindranath Tagore is the founder and master.”

These two paintings, first one by Nandalal Bose and the second by Abanindranath Tagore, are some of the finest examples of the new creation in art in Bengal of that time.

Later in 1918, Sri Aurobindo wrote in his essay ‘The Renaissance in India’:

This [renaissance of national art of India] is a true new creation, and we may expect that the artistic mind of the rest of India will follow through the gate thus opened, but we may expect it too to take on there other characteristics and find other ways of expression; ….”

This is the spirit we wish to express through the film and the art style of the animation is to be closely derived from these examples representing the timeless spirit of India in new forms.

 India moves to a deeper and greater life than the world has yet imagined possible…

– Sri Aurobindo

How You Can Participate & Contribute

We have already started preparing the grounds for this Animation film by working with a team of professionals and gathering the support of like-minded people.

Our first target is to come up with a trailer, for which a seed fund of about Rs. 12-15 lakhs is needed urgently. The project itself has an estimated budget of Rs. 1.7 to 2.0 crores, in order to ensure that it is of a high quality in all its aspects. We need a lot of financial support to make this happen and this is an appeal to you to contribute to this labour of love, aspiration & effort from us.

You can contribute financially and in other ways towards this effort and help this film to take shape by Aug. 15, 2022, the 150th birth anniversary of Sri Aurobindo. Your contributions to this project are eligible for 100% tax benefit under section 35(i)(iii) of the Indian Income Tax Act.

Please use the following details for your financial contributions:

Indian nationals Foreign nationals
I. Online Payment: https://rzp.io/l/IoIsRqrR

II. Bank Transfer (NEFT/IMPS/RTGS):

Bank: Yes Bank
Account Holder Name: Sri Aurobindo Society
Account No.: 054294600000264
IFSC Code: YESB0000542
Account Type: Savings
Branch Address: Door No.24, Ambalathadayar Madam St.,

Pondicherry – 605 001

I. Online Payment: https://rzp.io/l/ApucElY

II. Bank Transfer:

Bank: HDFC Bank
Account Holder Name: Sri Aurobindo Society
Account No.: 12781170000011
IFSC Code: HDFC0001278;

SWIFT Code: HDFCINBBCHE
Account Type: Savings
Branch Address: Abhirami Plaza Branch, No. 4 & 5,

45 Feet Road, Vallalar Salai, Pondicherry – 605 011

Once the Bank transfer is successfully done, please share the following details with us via email to [email protected]. These details are needed to prepare and send the official receipt:
Indian nationals Foreign nationals
• Amount transferred
• Transaction reference number and date of transaction
• Full name of the contributor
• Postal Address
• Contact number
• PAN (required for donations greater than or equal to INR 5,000)
• Amount transferred

• Transaction reference number and date of transaction

• Full name of the contributor

• Postal Address

• Contact number and email

• Purpose of contribution

• Copy of Passport (optional)

For more information, please write to:

Shivakumar – Director, AuroYouth

Sri Aurobindo Society

No. 11, Saint Martin Street

Puducherry – 605 001, India

M: +91 94426 25637

E-mail: [email protected]

Website: www.aurosociety.org