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In a letter dated 7 April 10 to Mr Havell, Nivedita wrote: 'We were all delighted with your splendid fight—especially when the manifesto sent to the "Times" finally arrived. You are doing wonders for Indian Art—and I now see how even your resignation of the work here [in India], can be made to serve the great cause.
Regarding Tagore: 'Abanindranath Tagore, the vice-principal of the Calcutta Art School, was still enthusiastic about European ideas, until he met Nivedita. But she changed his views, and before long he introduced a new school of art, known as the Calcutta school.' Some of Tagore's students, such as Nandalal Bose and Asit Haldar, were very devoted to Nivedita.
Once, without even informing or asking them beforehand, she bought train tickets and sent both of these young men to Ajanta to study and copy the paintings there. And they did not mind.
According to a letter of Nivedita to the Ratcliffes, dated 23 February 1910, the young men's visit to Ajanta drew suspicion from the police, as any unusual movements by Indian young men did in those days. As she wrote: 'Nanda Lal Bose and another artist, returning with her [Mrs Herringham] from Ajanta have been forcibly detained, and only allowed to proceed home on telegrams from Woodroffe and Blount. No reasons given—but easy enough to imagine!' The irony is that Sir John Woodroffe was one of those who vehemently opposed the ideas of Nivedita, Coomaraswamy, and Nandalal's teacher, Tagore.
Pravrajika Shuddhatmaprana : Pravrajika Shuddhatmaprana is a senior Sanyasini of the Sri Sarada Math and Ramakrishna Sarada Mission.