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is a non-profit school
in Kerala, India
The founder of Mitraniketan, Sri Viswanathan
Viswanathan (picture) was born in 1928 and was educated at Viswabharati University in Kolkata (former Calcutta).
He studied in the USA and Scandinavia and on his return to India he founded Mitraniketan, “The Home of Friends” (1956).
Viswanathan was inspired by Tagore and Gandhi, but also by westerners like Pestalozzi and Grundtvig (the founder of the Danish “folk high school”).
Today Viswanathan is still active as the leader of the Mitraniketan project.
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The schoolchildren at Mitraniketan come from the northern areas of Kerala. Mitraniketan is a boarding school and the children live on the school and get their meals there.
All this is free of charge as their parents are very poor.
Viswanathan with the Dalai Lama. To the left of the Dalai Lama is Viswanathan´s wife Sethu. The three young women are the daughters of the family.