How many people know that Sri Aurobindo had remained confined to a single room for nearly 40 years deeply immersed in spiritual thoughts? Puducherry – or Pondicherry as it was known then – provided a serene backdrop for his exploration of the soul. It is the theme of the film, Citadel of Silence, that will be shown at the ICCR on Tuesday evening to trace the spiritual journey of someone who was till then recognised as a restless leader of the freedom movement. Sankar Majumdar, the director, has been a regular visitor to Puducherry and his camera does a remarkable job of recreating the ambience while telling the story of the man who had returned from England, turning his back on a career as a civil servant. After a stint of teaching in Baroda, he plunged into the freedom movement but soon, responding to an inner voice, left for Pondicherry. The film traces the life of an activist who had converted himself into a spiritualist. Time magazine had written that he had assimilated the alacrity of the West and the wisdom of the East. It was this process of assimilation that the film tries to explore. Sri Aurobindo never indulged in sermons or rituals. Instead he believed in the virtue of silence in service to make life meaningful. In an age of clamour, Sri Aurobindo believed that the human mind should look inwards. Life in the ashram under the influence of the Mother had other unique aspects that make this film interesting to watch. Its music has been composed by Sujata Majumdar who will present a bouquet of songs composed by Dilip Kumar Roy, a disciple of Sri Aurobindo.