Ipsita Roy Chakraverti
Chairperson
The Golden Ankh Book and Film Club



Biography

I was born into an elite family in India with a diplomat for a father and a mother, descended from the royal families of Mayurbhunj and Coochbehar. I have been a part of the establishment and yet a rebel. Ofcourse rebellion is in the blood. My grandfather Nisith Chandra Sen a prominent criminal lawyer was one of the first Indian mayors of Calcutta. His predecessors in that chair were men like Deshbandhu Chittaranjan Das and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. Nisith Sen stood out for fighting tooth and nail for Binoy-Badal-Dinesh at a time when no Indian lawyer would come forward to defend them for fear of repercussions. He was a free thinker and a freedom fighter. My great aunt the poetess Kamini Sen, was one of the foremost intellectual pioneers amongst women in the time of the Bengal renaissance. She advocated literacy and empowerment for women and was herself the first honours graduate in India. My other great aunt, Jamini Sen, was one of the first women doctors in the country and chose a single life dedicated to serving the poor and the ill.

I spent my early years in Canada and the US where my father was India's representative to the Council of the ICAO of the UN. It was there that I did my early education. It was there also that I was invited to join a very select group of women who were studying ancient cultures of the world and the old ways. These were individuals who were lawyers, diplomats, politicians and showbiz people - part of the very worldly and material, and yet scholars, researchers and ascetics. There in Canada, at a chalet monastery in the Laurentians, I along with a few others learnt the ways of the ancients and the forgotten crafts. This was many, many years ago. The walls of the old chalet have by now crumbled. Some of my teachers are in another dimension. A few of those who had studied with me are still there, living in other parts of the world and following the traditions in their own ways. They are successful erudite women. And I am still here. Today, I teach a chosen few a little of what I had been taught of the ways of the ancients. This knowledge is rare and exclusive. Not for everybody – specially in this day and age. But maybe it is this day and age which needs it the most.

Highlights

1998 –

 

Ipsita went to Parliamentary polls at the specific request of the Congress high command.

2000 –

 

Harper Collins India published Ipsita’s path breaking autobiography ‘Beloved Witch’, the first documentation of Wicca in India. It became a path blazing movement.

2003 –

 

Harper Collins India published a collection of Ipsita’s case-files on the unexplained–“Sacred Evil: Encounters with the Unknown".

2006 –

 

Sahara One Motion Pictures released the first celluloid depiction of one of Ipsita’s stories –  “Sacred Evil”.

2007 –

 

The Government of India’s National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions nominated Ipsita to head a committee for the education of the girl child.

2008 –

 

ETV Bangla depicted some of Ipsita’s true life encounters with the unexplained in ‘Parapaar’.

2011 –

 

ETV Bangla serialized Ipsita’s stories in form of a popular teleserial ‘Ipsita Ebong’.

2011 –

 

Anjan Dutt filmed “The Mannequin” for ETV Bangla. This was the first time Ipsita played herself in a telefilm.

2012 –

 

Ipsita launched a Psychic Wing. In March and in September, for the first time in India, photographic evidence of psychic manifestations were displayed, discussed and analysed. The people and the press have hailed this pathbreaking work as a pioneering one in the country.

2013 –

 

Harper Collins India published a collection of Ipsita’s case-files –“Spirits I Have Known”.