Last updated: 8 Mar, 2023

Cristof Alward-Pitoëff

This is to inform the community that Cristof Alward-Pitoëff, French, who met Mother in 1969, passed away in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in the night of 28 February. In the early years, Cristof stayed in Auroville for a short while after which he went to live in the Ashram for good.

Coming from a very talented and well known family of actors in the Paris of the 50s and 60s, his mother Svetlana, who was teaching history of theatre in Pondicherry, brought her two sons Cristof and Sébastien; all three were Ashramites.

Cristof functioned as head of the French section of the Ashram Press, SAICE professor, writer, translator and theatre director. Quite a few members of the elder Auroville generation remember him as their friend and teacher in the Ashram school.

Cristof has been translating into French a good number of books by Mother and Sri Aurobindo, especially The Life Divine.  In 2020 he published ‘L’aurore d’une vie nouvelle,  in which he describes the adventure of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother as seen through his eyes.

In a 3.5-minute clip on Facebook, Cristof movingly speaks about his experience in Auroville in 1969.


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