From Calcutta Gandhiji proceeded to Sodepur, where Sri Satishbabu has established a Kalashala ( an art section ) of his institution Khadi Pratishthan. Gandhiji was invited to open this Kalashala. All the Khadi produced by the Khadi Pratishthan is bleached, byed and printed and different qualities of yarn and Khadi tested in Kalashala. It was working in full swing on the day we visited it. There was a small exhibition attached to it. The Pratishthan has spent 70,000 rupees after the Kalshala-30,000 after land and the remaining after the structure. Satishbabu has raised the whole building in nine months. But Kalashala is not mere industrial institution, it is an Ashram. Satishbabu has settled all the workers of the Pratishthan in this Kalshala and he himself lives with his family in their midst. All the inmates getup at 4 a.m. join in a congressional prayer and do their respective duties right in the Asharm style. Then there is a common prayer again in the evening at 7 p.m. and every inmate gets the quantity of yarn spun by him during the day registered. The Pratishthan has some paid servants on its staff, but all of them, inmates and servants, live like members of a big family.
Shri Satishbabu wants the production and sale figures to mount to 400,000 rupees next year and he is devoting every ounce of his energy to it. It was in order to encourage Satishbabu in his Herculean effort that Gandhiji went to Sodepur. A big gathering of about six thousand had collected at the Kalashala, when Gandhiji went there. Many of them had come from Calcutta. Pandit Motilalji, Srinivas Iyengar ( Congress President ) and many others were present. Dr. Roy also was present though he was suffering from a paralytic attack and had to come riding on the shoulders of Jamnalalji. Three addresses, from Panihati Municipality, the AntiMalaria Association and another institution, were given to Gandhiji. As Dr. Roy was suffering from pain on the waist, he took the support of Jamnalalji to stand and speak.