Blavatsky, Helena Petrovna b. August 12, 1831 d. May 8, 1891 Theosophist. A pioneer esotericist, she first introduced knowledge of eastern religions to the West - including the ideas of karma and reincarnation. In 1875, she founded the Theosophical Society and launched the Theosophical Movement calling her message Theosophy. She was the author of several massive books including "Isis Unveiled" (over 1300 pages) and "The Secret Doctrine" (over 1500 pages). According to the Theosophical Society, her ashes were divided between New York, London, and India (...[Read More] (Bio by: RdS) Theosophical Society Adyar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India Plot: Part of ashes interred under her statue in Adyar
Carmichael, Amy Wilson b. December 16, 1867 d. January 18, 1951 Missionary. Known as "The Rescuer of India's Children". Born in Northern Ireland to an evangelical Christian family, Amy Carmichael was 24 when she attended an 1891 Bible Conference and there committed herself to a life of Christian service. In 1900 Amy settled in the town of Dohnavur, where she soon learned of the Hindu custom whereby little girls were "married to the gods" and then offered as prostitutes to men who visited the temples. In 1901 she rescued a temple child, a young girl named...[Read More] (Bio by: Jules) Dohnavur Fellowship, Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu, India
Nicolson, Adela Florence 'Laurence Hope' b. April 9, 1865 d. October 4, 1904 Poet. She wrote under the pseudonym Laurence Hope and was best known for her erotic poetry. A Daughter of Colonel Arthur Cory, she was educated at a private school in England, and then went to live with her parents in India. Following her marriage to Colonel Malcolm Nicolson of the Bengal Army, she wrote her first volume of poetry, "The Garden of Kama and other Love Lyrics from India, arranged in Verse by Laurence Hope," which was published in 1901. The book, presumed to be written by a man...[Read More] (Bio by: Bernadette) St. Marys Chuch Cemetery, Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu, India
Pearson, James b. October 2, 1822 d. January 23, 1900 Indian Mutiny Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Rathdowney, Ireland, he served as a Private, in the 86th Regiment of Foot, British Army. On April 3, 1858, Private Pearson was a member of the storming on the attack on Jhansi, India. He attacked a number of armed rebels, one of whom he killed and bayoneted two others. He also brought in a wounded comrade under a heavy fire with himself being wounded in the attack. For gallantry in the face of the enemy, he was awarded the Victoria Cross on May 1...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Saint Thomas Cemetery*, Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu, India *This location is unconfirmed or in dispute.
Sujatha b. December 10, 1952 d. April 6, 2011 Actress. She shall be remembered as one of the first Indian performers to portray strong female leads. Raised in what was then called Ceylon, she moved to the southern Indian province of Kerala at around 14. Sujatha made her silver screen bow with the 1968 Malayamam language "Thapsvini" then caught the attention of noted Tamil director K. Balachander with 1971's "Ernakulam Junction". Over her career she was to appear in around 300 feature films, roughly 200 of them in Tamil with the remainder...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Kilpakkam Crematorium, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India