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The Eternal True Love Story of Pradyumna and Charulata that Transcends Time and Space

Best The Eternal True Love Story of Pradyumna and Charulata that Transcends Time and Space

If you're a fan of true love stories that defy all odds, then the enchanting saga of Dr. Pradyumna Kumar Mahanandia and Charlotte Von Schedvin is a must-read. Born into vastly different worlds, their journey from India to Sweden is a testament to the power of love in overcoming barriers of culture, distance, and societal norms. 

From Pradyumna's humble beginnings as a gifted but disadvantaged artist to Charlotte's chance encounter that blossomed into a lifelong romance, their tale is one of unwavering devotion and extraordinary sacrifice. 

Through hardships and triumphs, they proved that love knows no boundaries, inspiring hearts around the world with their enduring bond that spans continents and generations.


This is one of those heart-touching real-life stories that depicts the power of true love. It is the story of Dr. Pradyumna Kumar Mahanandia, who hails from India and Charlotte Von Schedvin, who belongs to Sweden.

Pradyumna Kumar, born to a low-income family of untouchables in Orissa, was a gifted artist. But his family could not fund his education due to lack of money. He was always insulted due to the cruelty of the caste system.

He was later able to join the College of Arts in New Delhi in the year 1971. He gained a lot of popularity there for his beautiful portraits.

Four years later, a 19-year-old student Charlotte Von Schedvin who was a student in London, came to learn of his skills and traveled to India to get her portrait made. During the period of making the portrait, Pradyumna Kumar fell in love with her beauty and she, with his simplicity.

Charlotte changed her name to Charulata and married Kumar following Indian traditions and rituals. It was then time for Charlotte to leave for Sweden, and she wanted her husband Pradyumna to come along, but he intended to finish his studies.

She also offered to send him air tickets later, to which he refused to say that he would come to see her on his own. The two kept expressing love through letters. The distance wasn’t a barrier for them.

Kumar had made a promise, but in reality, he had no money. He could not give up on his love, and it was then he did the impossible. He sold all that he had, bought a second-hand bicycle, took all his brushes along, and set for a voyage to the far west to reunite with his love. It sounds like a dream, doesn’t it?

His cycle broke down on the way a few times. He even had to go without food for days due to a shortage of money but was determined to reach Sweden. After four months and three weeks of more than just a tiring journey, he finally reached Gothenburg, Sweden.

Upon being questioned by the immigration officers there, he told them the reason for his visit and showed them the pictures of his marriage. The authorities were stunned that how could someone from a royal family marry a poor man, that too an Indian.

When Charlotte came to learn of it, her joy knew no bounds. She drove to Gothenburg to receive her husband. Her family accepted and welcomed Pradyumna in their family.

It has been 40 years of their marriage, and Pradyumna lives in Sweden with his wife and two children. He is a celebrated artist in Sweden and works as an advisor of Art and Culture under the Swedish Government. His village that once always shunned him now welcomes him lovingly each time he visits India.

Culled from Racheal Taiwo Adeleke Facebook Page

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