Krishnamurti in Mumbai

It was on the shores of Mumbai (then Bombay) that Krishnamurti first touched a new India, two months after independence in October, 1947. He came then to a free but turbulent India as a teacher, a sage, a seer—radiant, vibrant, full of the abundance of life, living very much in the present and yet rooted in his timeless insights into truth. He reached out to the land and the people of Mumbai. 

And the people of Mumbai too responded whole-heartedly to the call of that voice. They thronged the grounds of the J. J. School of Arts where he spoke, over three weekends every year, to literally thousands of them. It is reckoned that it was in Mumbai city that he drew the largest of crowds among all cities in the world. They were all there—men and women of all religions, castes, creeds, of all persuasions, rich and poor, celebrities and common folk, intellectuals and ordinary people, teachers and students, politicians - the mighty, the powerful and the quiet, and the unknown. And they sat listening in rapt silence, to that voice that spoke with rare eloquence, passionately, of the totality of human existence—its joys and pleasures, its struggles and strife, as also of sorrow, love and death. He was at once uncompromising and relentless as he was affectionate and compassionate. Each one there felt Krishnamurti was addressing his own problem directly. It was obvious that they were deeply touched by this voice of truth.
Krishnamurti gave talks in Mumbai in the early years between 1924 and 1938. After India's independence in 1947, his association with the city was almost continuous till 1985. 

Besides giving public talks, he held a series of discussions with small groups of friends. He also addressed the staff and students of Bombay University in 1969 and the Indian Institute of Technology in 1984. 

Over the decades, Krishnamurti witnessed the alarming growth of Bombay from a wind-swept coastal town to an over-crowded, noisy and polluted metropolis, and he addressed these concerns in many of his talks. However, to him these social problems were but the symptoms of the deeper strife latent in the psyche of every human being.

Considering the deep bond that Krishnamurti experienced with the city of Mumbai, the foundation established the Bombay Executive Committee in the year 1987.