K. D. Sethna

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K.D. Sethna
Born (1904-11-26)26 November 1904
Died 29 June 2011(2011-06-29) (aged 106)
Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry, India
Pen name Amal Kiran
Occupation Poet, scholar, writer, philosopher, and cultural critic
Nationality Indian

Kaikhosru Dadhaboy (K.D.) Sethna (26 November 1904 – 29 June 2011) was an Indian poet, scholar, writer, philosopher, and cultural critic. He published more than 40 books. He was also known as Amal Kiran.

Sethna studied at Bombay University and was one of Sri Aurobindo's earliest disciples, arriving at the Sri Aurobindo's ashram in 1927, at age 23, to take up the path of Integral Yoga under Sri Aurobindo and Mirra Alfassa. He was given the name Amal Kiran, or "Clear Ray," by Sri Aurobindo in 1930. His book of poems Inmost Beauty was published at 1933.

In 1949 he was a founding editor of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram journal Mother India, which he edited for almost 50 years. He retired in 2000, after a career spanning 67 years.

Sethna was born a Parsi-Zoroastrian, but discontinued its practice after becoming a disciple of Sri Aurobindo. He celebrated his 100th birthday in 2004. At the time of his death, at the age of 106, he was one of the world's oldest living authors.[1]

Partial bibliography[edit]

  • Amal Kiran, Light and Laughter
  • ---- Talks on Poetry
  • ---- India and the World Scene, ISBN 81-7060-118-5
  • ---- The Indian Spirit and the World's Future, ISBN 81-7060-227-0
  • Sethna, K.D., Altar and Flame
  • ---- The Mother, Past-Present-Future, 1977
  • ---- Obscure and the Mysterious
  • ---- The Problem of Aryan Origins, 1980, 1992; ISBN 81-85179-67-0
  • ---- Overhead Poetry
  • ---- The Passing of Sri Aurobindo, 1951.
  • ---- Sri Aurobindo on Shakespeare
  • ---- Sri Aurobindo- The Poet
  • ---- The Obscure and the Mysterious: A Research in Mallarmé's Symbolist Poetry
  • ---- Teilhard de Chardin and Sri Aurobindo - a focus on fundamentals, Bharatiya Vidya Prakasan, Varanasi (1973)
  • ---- The spirituality of the future : a search apropos of R. C. Zaehner's study in Sri Aurobindo and Teilhard de Chardin. Rutherford, [N.J.] London, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press; Associated University Presses. (1981)
  • ---- The Vision and Work of Sri Aurobindo
  • ---- Problems of Ancient India, 2000, New Delhi: Aditya Prakashan. ISBN 81-7742-026-7
  • Karpāsa in prehistoric India : a chronological and cultural clue by K. D Sethna
  • Ancient India in a new light by K. D Sethna
  • The poetic genius of Sri Aurobindo by K. D Sethna
  • Evolving India, essays on cultural issues by K. D Sethna(


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