Anandanagar: An Eco-Community Model for the Post-COVID Era

Visions precede reality. Imaginations are the mother of inventions. In 1962, one such dreamland was envisioned by a sage and it has now taken the shape of a new township called Anandanagar spread over twenty-five square kilometers. It is located on the border of West Bengal and Jharkhand state of India. Between 1987-1990, the founder of the dreamland project provided intricate details of its future possibilities. In this short presentation, we shall explore the rich tapestry of this magnanimous project of humanity and invite you all to learn and develop this global eco-village as a symbol of universal humanism.


Dada Shambhushivananda

Dada Shambhúshivánanda is the Chancellor of Ánanda Márga Gurukula. Dadaji has been a yogic monk and teacher of meditation since 1979. Prior to his life as a monk, he was a gold medalist of Punjab University, and received Masters and PhD in Business and Applied Economics from the Wharton School, School of Arts and Sciences of the University of Pennsylvania. He has served on the faculties of several universities (University of Scranton, Rutgers, Drexel, PCTS (Philadelphia University), etc, in the Eastern United States before dedicating his life for the cause of building “One Human Society” based on spiritual lifestyle. In 1992, Dadaji was the honourable recipient of the International Mahatma Gandhi Award for his contribution towards building a global community based on ecological ethics and spiritual values. The Indian Research Association also awarded him the Karyalaya Shiromani Award the same year.

Since 1990 Dadaji has been the Chancellor of Ánanda Márga Gurukula (AMGK). Dadaji works to develop and coordinate all of the activities of the neohumanist international network, and has contributed greatly to the development of the Neohumanist Education system around the world. Dadaji is also the founding director of CNS-Sweden, NERI (Netherlands) and AM Gurukul Teachers Training College (TTC) at Anandanagar, West Bengal, India. He is the author of PROUT-Neohumanist Economics (1989) Mystic Verses (2016), Thoughts for a New Era (2018) , a contributor to ”Economic Renaissance in the age of Artificial Intelligence”(2019), and Towards a Brighter Future (2020).

Galina Zhyravel

Galina spent three months during lockdown at Anandanagar and fell in love with it. She prepared three video clips on Anandanagar and conducts introductory classes on Gurukula and is learning Indian music. She is from Ukraine and currently resides in UAE with her husband. She is also on the Committee of Anandanagar Master Plan.