Welcome to Mitraniketan

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         Mitraniketan

 

    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).

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He studied in the USA and Scandinavia and on his return to India he founded Mitraniketan, “The Home of Friends” (1956).

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Viswanathan was inspired by Tagore and Gandhi, but also by westerners like Pestalozzi and Grundtvig (the founder of the Danish “folk high school”).
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Viswanathan passed away on Monday, 28 April 2014. To the last still active as the leader of the Mitraniketan project…
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Read some of the obituary notices… 

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Schoolchild at Mitraniketan
The schoolchildren at Mitraniketan come from the northern areas of Kerala

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.

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All this is free of charge as their parents are very poor.

The Schoolchildren 

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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.

 

The Mitraniketan project, “The Home of Friends”.

 In Sanskrit the word ‘Mitra’ means Friends,

 ‘Niketan’ means Home.

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