Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master: A Yogi's Autobiography, authored by social activist, educationist and a crusader for inter-religious harmony, Mumtaz Ali Khan, popularly known as Sri M, will be unveiled at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (BVB) premises here on Sunday.

The piece pertains to the life and his spiritual experiences with Babaji, master of Sri M, a press release from the secretary of the bhavan's Kodagu Kendra, Balaji Kashyap, said here on Thursday. Sri M travelled to the Himalayas from Kerala at the age of 19 and lived with Babaji for several years, unusual for a person with non-Hindu antecedents.

The autobiography dealt with transformation of Mumtaz Ali Khan into Sri M as he went on acquiring profound knowledge of the Upanishads, deep personal insights and a higher level of consciousness. Descriptions on the beneficial effects of yoga, meditation and metaphysics is fascinating. Sri M is often termed as modern day Kabir Das.

Message of harmony

The “Manav Ekta Mission” headed by him worked towards spreading the oneness of all religions by encouraging people to go to the core of all beliefs that nurtured the innate goodness in all human beings.

The Satsang Foundation founded by Sri M worked for the underprivileged in society enabling them to lead lives of self-respect and self-reliance.


Discourse on the Bhagavad Gita would follow after the unveiling of the book on Sunday and Monday.

Arun Monappa, Chairman of the Coorg Foundation, and also Director of the Tata Coffee Limited, would be the chief guest.

Bhavan's Kodagu Kendra chairman K.P. Uthappa, would preside over the function.

  • Educationist Mumtaz Ali Khan is known as Sri M
  • Book narrates how he studied Upanishads