(1927 - 1999)

The Founder

Dr. Sadanand Singh

The founder of this centre, Dr. Sadanand Singh, was a famous freedom fighter, who wasthrashed fourteen times with caneby the English Court for participating in freedom movements.

He was honoured with a Copper Plate by the Governmentof India and wasappointed as the President of Bhagalpur District Freedom Fighters Association.

Mahatma Gandhi was the sole inspiration behind the establishment of this centre, he was the one who made the Dr. Sadanand Jiaware of basic principles of Nautropathy at the tender age of 14 – 15 years. Afterwards, the founder spent many years at Aarogya Kendra, Gorakhpur under the guidance of Late Mahavir Prasad Poddar and Late Vitthal Das Modi, and earned lots of theoretical knowledge, practical experienceand training. After returning to Bhagalpur,on 18th December of 1954, he started his own Naturopathy Centre in a rented buildingwith the help of the legendary Sri Rai Bhadur Kamlesh wari Sahay of Shiv Bhavan and was economically aided by Shri Banarsi Kothriwal and Shri Madan Lal Himmat Singhka.

On 14th March, 1955, the Prakritik Chikitsa Kendra was formally inaugurated by Loknayak Jayaprakash Narayan also known as JP. Loknayak Jayaprakash Narayan was touched by the personality and character of Dr. Sadanand Singh. He even presented a hand written character certificate (to) for the founder on 3rd April 1957. It is believed that thiswas the only character certificateto be issued by Loknayak Jayaprakash Narayan in his entire lifetime. People who know JP closely, knowsthat he never took guarantee of anyone’s character.

      Influenced by the ideas and vision of Gandhi Ji, the founder Dr. Sadanand Singh, developed Prakritik Chikitsa Kendra into a public welfare organisation, where poor and the depressed section of the society were treated without any charges. He could have made this organisation a source of his private income, instead he developed itfor the benefit of general public, and attractedmany eminent personalities of that erato the organisation.During that time, he was in close contact with many front line freedom fighters of the country.

In the process of making Prakritik Chikitsa Kendra, an institution, he came in contact with the noted social workerSmt. Sudhawati Agrawal, who diligently worked for the institution throughout her life and helped the organisation achieve great feats. It was all due to her sincere effortsthat the foundation stone of the new building of “Tapovardhan Prakritik Chikitsa Kendra” was laid by Honourable Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on 15th February 1962. The detailed description of Smt. Sudhawati Agrawal is given in “Journey” and “Tribute” Page.

Inspite of his tough economic condition, the founder, Dr. Sadanand Singh, made sure that no poor patients ever returned home untreated due to lack of money. Even though, his own income was low, he would help many patients monetarily and made sure that it was never published anywhere becausehe considered promotion of helping someone in needasa disgraceful act.

Poor patients were treated free of cost on a large scale at Tapovardhan Prakritik Chikitsa Kendra. The number of affluent patients were comparatively low. The treatment fees was kept minimal at this institution. As a result, the income from the affluent group was never sufficientto run this centre. No grants were issued by the Government and the munificent people preferred donating at religious trusts. Facing the consequences, the founder Dr. Sadanand Singh always struggledon economic grounds, in order to run the centre smoothly.

But he was proficient in treating many malignant diseases. He could diagnose the disease by merely looking at the patient. He used to say, that he learnt this art from a very close person, Dr. Vidhan Chandra Roy, the contemporaneous Chief Minister of West Bengal. He was adept in treating cancer, and during his last ten – fifteen years of his life, he successfullytreated many patients of cancer who were in their last stage. Many such patients are alive till date where their attendants have expired long time ago. There was a time, when the centre became quite famous for its Cancer treatment. Sometimes, People wouldn’t even remember the name of centre but call it “Cancer Hospital”. Dr. Sadanand Ji made grapes his primary tool for the treatment of cancer and taught usthat cancer is not destiny, but just a circumstance, which can be changed.

Being a socialist and a dedicated follower of Gandhian Philosophy, Dr. Sadanand Singh, failed in accumulating financial wealth. Due to which, he wasn’t able to do the structural development of the Tapovardhan Prakritik Chikitsa Kendra. Inspite of less resources and less co-operation from people, he diligently performed his duties, till his last breath. During his last days of his life, he would often take out his cassette player to listen to a song written by Rabindra Nath Tagoreand sung by Kishore Kumar, “Jodi tor dak shune keu na ashe tobe ekla cholo re.” re….”. He returned the cassette player and cassettes to his son on 31stOct 1999, just two days before his death, saying he doesn’t need it anymore.

The former Vice Chancellor of Bhagalpur University M. Q. Tawhid, often used to say that, the body of Dr. Singh might move here and there, but his soul will always be in Tapovardhan Prakritik Chikitsa Kendra. On a fine evening, around 5 O’clock while talking to a cancer patient from Banka in his office at the centre, he slowly laid his head on the executive table presented by Sri Prakash Ji, and took his last breath. Inspired by the life of the founder,a group of many honestand industrious people are committed to carry on the torch lighted by Dr. Sadanandin 1954.
In the year 2017, Government of Bihar, decided to make this centre, a well – organizedResearch Institute of Naturopathy and extended helping hand for the same.

Founder in his last years