Join us for a celebration of the life and work of Raja Ram Mohan Roy who is regarded as one of the Fathers of Modern Indian.
About Rajah Rammohun Roy
Rajah Rammohun Roy (1772-1833) was an individual of truly global stature, and is buried at Arnos Vale. An extremely influential religious and political thinker, he coined the word “Hinduism” as a term for the diversity of Indian religions and wrote extensively on religious and social matters. He stressed the importance of education for Indians, campaigned for women’s rights and worked to end the traditional practice of sati, the burning of widows on the funeral pyres of their husbands.
Mahatma Gandhi said of the Rajah, “Roy was undoubtedly the father of advanced liberal thought in Hinduism”. Jawaharlal Nehru India`s first Prime Minister, said in his book “The Discovery of India, ” He was more than a scholar and investigator, he was a reformer above all” .
The Rajah’s rare and beautiful tomb is now a listed monument and has long been a place of pilgrimage for Bengalis and Indians. Repaired and conserved in 2008 it is now the site of a commemorative ceremony held on the Sunday nearest the anniversary of the Rajah’s death, on 27th September 1833.
This event will include some prayers, singing, performance plus a few short talks in the Anglican Chapel.
Please feel free to bring offerings of flowers to leave at the memorial.
The singer, scholar, and teacher Mrs Pramita Mallick, would be presenting a couple of hymns with a brief background of Raja Rammohun Roy’s pioneering contribution to composing Brahmo hymns to be sung in the service of the Brahmo Samaj.
Historian Carla Contractor and Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust Life Member will share ‘What the Rajah has meant to Bristol, historically and presently’.
Bath University academic Swagata Ghosh will talk about ‘Ram Mohan Roy: the man beyond the myth.’
Prayers will be led by Brahmo minister, Mrs Manju Chaudhuri, and the London Brahmo Samaj will also sing during the event.
We are also pleased to announce that the event will be attended by Councillor Cleo Lake, Lord Mayor of Bristol and Mr. Rahul Nangare, First Secretary (Trade) of India, and Councillor Tom Aditya Chairman, Bristol Multi-Faith Forum.
After the event, tea and coffee will be provided for free by The Bristol Multi Faith Forum. This will be available in the Spielman Centre.
There is an optional £10 light lunch of Indian Snacks provided by Cleverchefs who are based at Arnos Vale, after the event. There is limited availability. Please bring cash if you would like this option.
Following the ceremony and lunch, MuktoMoncho cultural Society will be presenting a piece in the Anglican between 2 and 3pm. This event is free.