As Col Ananda Shankar Chatterjee (Retd) transcends to surreal world of existence, let us remember him fondly with love and cherish our happy memories of time spent with him. Please join us in prayers, giving him strength, joy and peace. On Sunday morning 26th May, 2024. At our home Sector-3, 70C, FD block, Salt Lake, Kolkata- 700106 <-> A felicitation ceremony for participants of Pentathlon 2023 is being organised by Calcutta Rowing Club on 13th March, 2024. <-> Urgent requirement of retired naval officer/Master Chief Petty Officer 1st class/Master Chief Petty Officer 2nd class /Chief Petty Officer to conduct theory classes on Underwater Diving for trainees of Aquatic Disaster Response Forces <-> Lt. Gen. Syed Ata Hasnain PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM**(Retd), Member of NDMA, along with Col. Nadeem visited Sea Explorers’ Institute on 2nd February, 2024. <-> SCUBA diving course begin shortly. Candidates please apply. <-> VISIT OUR MANGROVE NURSERY AT OUTRAM GHAT, KOLKATA <-> SEI has launched project 'Ghat Committee' for Safe and Clean Ghats of River Hooghly. Sponsorship for this is requested. <->
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Remembrance of Dr. Pinaki Ranjan Chatterjee, Founder of Sea Explorers' Institute

A brief glimpse of the Highlights of SEI's navigating career.

21/09/2023
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Dr. Pinaki Ranjan Chatterjee (28 March 1945 - 23 September 1983), a distinguished scientist, philosopher, explorer, voyager, swimmer and oarsman was the founder of Sea Explorers’ Institute, India. Pinaki Chatterjee was born into a learned brahmin family in Kolkata, West Bengal in India. He was the eldest child of Rathindranath Chatterjee (father) and Nilima Chatterjee (mother). In 1969, at the age of 23, Pinaki Chatterjee along with George Albert Duke of Indian Navy, rowed for 36 days from Calcutta, along the treacherous Bay of Bengal, to Port Blair, Andaman. For this unprecedented historic voyage, the duo was honoured by the then President of India, Dr. Zakir Hussain, Prime Minister Mrs. India Gandhi and many others. Dr. Chatterjee conceptualised the idea of an institute that would unearth the resources of the Sea and would also promote adventure and exploration. Thus, developed the concept of the Sea Explorers’ Institute. Pinaki had some revolutionary ideas around sustainability and sustenance of human being. One such idea was to create floating islands that could join to form a larger island. This concept that he envisioned could be used by vulnerable populations to overcome natural calamities. Pinaki was immensely influenced by the Norwegian adventurer, Thor Heyerdahl. He wanted to row to Indonesia to understand more about the maritime challenges of the sea route and the effects of current. He was planning for this expedition under the banner of his dream organisation “Sea Explorers’ Institute” that remained incomplete because of his untimely demise. Four decades will be completed on 23rd September 2023 since the fateful day that we lost him. Today, on behalf of the fraternity of Sea Explorers’ Institute, family and friends, we remember Him with a promise to fulfil all his dreams in making this world a better place to live.