Purandaradasa is the most popular among the ‘Haridasas’ of Karnataka. He was born at Purandaragada, near Poona in 1484 A.D. In early life he followed his father’s occupation of a trader and amassed great wealth but renounced all his riches and the world later.
The 26th International Congress of Orientalists will meet at New Delhi on the 4th January, 1964. The first session of the Congress was held in Paris in the year 1873. Subsequent sessions have been held usually at intervals of 3 or 4 years in different cities of the world.
Little is known of Haffkine’s childhood. He was born on the 16th March 1860 in the Russian seaport of Odessa which was then an intellectual and commercial centre of Russia. He graduated in science at the University of Odessa in 1884.
Dr. Asutosh Mookerjee was born in Calcutta on the 29th June, 1864, into a middle-class family. His father, who was a noted physician of his day, looked to his education himself. Young Asutosh was a mathematical prodigy, and even while he was a schoolboy, his original contribnution to mathematics won appreciation overseas.
Children’s Day has a acquired a special significance for us in this country as it falls on the 14th Nov, which also happens to be birth anniversary of our late Prime Minister, Pt Jawaharlal Nehru who is unfortunately no longer with us.
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