Wednesday, July 4, 2012
On July 4
... 1882 (130 years ago today), Maud MacCarthy was born in a physician's family in Clonmel, County Tipperary, Ireland. After a few years in Australia, even before reaching her teen years, she became a violin student at London's Royal College of Music. When illness thwarted her planned career as a concert musician, MacCarthy traveled to India with the British social reformer Annie Besant, an adherent of the religious movement Theosophy, which MacCarthy also embraced. Back in England MacCarthy was married, divorced, married (to the composer John Foulds, with whom she's pictured at left), was widowed, then married again (to a charismatic spiritualist known as "The Boy"), and again was widowed. (photo credit) Founder of an ashram and authority on Indian music, MacCarthy published poetry under the name Tandra Devi, as well as 2 memoirs, both under the name Swami Omananda Puri. She died in 1967 on the Isle of Man.
(Prior July 4 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)