Dilip Roy

Other names: 

Dilip Kumar Roy


Fitzwilliam Hall Cambridge, CB2 1RB
United Kingdom
52° 10' 21.3528" N, 0° 6' 40.3992" E
Date of birth: 
22 Jan 1897
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Date of death: 
06 Jan 1980
Location of death: 
Pune, India
Date of 1st arrival in Britain: 
01 Jan 1919
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Fitzwilliam Hall, Cambridge


Dilip Kumar Roy was a prominent Indian musician. He was the son of playwright and musician, Dwijendra Lal Roy. He is known for synthesizing western and Indian classical music.

Roy studied at Fitzwilliam Hall, Cambridge, at the same time as his friend Subhas Chandra Bose. He took the mathematics tripos but also took music options. He then studied German and Italian music on the continent. He met Romain Rolland in Switzerland who was a great admirer of him. He was also admired by many Indians including M. K. Gandhi.

In 1928, Roy joined Sri Aurobindo's ashram in Pondicherry and stayed there until 1950. In 1959, he founded the Hari Krishna mandir in Pune where he died in 1980.


Subhas Chandra Bose, G. Lowes Dickinson, Aurobindo Ghose, Herman Hesse, S. Radhakrishnan, Romain Rolland, Bertrand RussellRabindranath Tagore.

Published works: 

Among the Great (Bombay: Nalanda, 1945)

The Subhas I Knew (Bombay: Nalanda, 1946)

Eyes of Light (Bombay: Nalanda, 1948)

Pilgrims of the Stars (New York: Macmillan, 1953)


Fredoon Kabraji, Life and Letters 59 (1948-9), pp. 249-50 (Among the Great)

Secondary works: 

Fay, Peter Ward, The Forgotten Army: India's Armed Struggle for Independence (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1995)

Indira Devi, Fragrant Memories (Bombay: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, 1983)

Patel, Amrita Paresh, Dilip Kumar Roy: A Lover of Light among Luminaries (Ahmedabad, L. D. Institute of Indology, 2002)