Елена Ивановна Рерих (12.02.1879-05.10.1955)
It was a nobiliari family, distinguished not only for its nobility but for its cultural traditions.
On the maternal line great-grandfather was the great Russian general, Mikhail I. Kutuzov. Among her relatives were the composer Modest P.Mussorgsky and the poet Arseniy Golenishchev-Kutuzov. Even when she was studing with teachers at the St.Perrysburg Conservatory at a young age, Helena showed an outatanding talent for music. As a pianist she performed solo concerts.
In 1901 Helena married Nicolas Roerich. From that time forward, they were inseparable in life and in their spiritual and creative paths. She became his companion-in-arms in all his public and cultural undertakings. Together with her husband, Helena Roerich participated in a heroic Trans-Himalayn expedition. After the Expedition, the Roerich famaly settled in the Kullu Valley in the Himalayas, where they established the Himalayan Institute for Scientific Studies "Urusvati" and its honorary president and foundress was Helena Roerich. The years of life in India were a time of Helena's most important and intensive work.
Here she completed a major part of the Agni Yoga series of books (the Living Ethics).
Of that series fourteen volumes were published. On the title pages of these volumes, there is no author's name, because Helena Roerich considered that the sacred wisdom stated there could not be considered the property of any author. She considered herself the author of only three books:Foundations of Buddhism (1927), The Cryptograms of the East (1929), and The Banner of Saint Serguis (1934), which were published under different pen names. In addition, she maintained a very active correspondence with many people from Europe, Asia and America. The invaluable of her letters were published in Riga (Latvia), Novosibirsk, Moscow (Russia ), Minsk (Belorussia).