Kasturba Gandhi, known affectionately as Ba,  married Mohandas Gandhi in 1882, when she was thirteen years old.  After decades of struggle alongside her husband in South Africa and India,  Kasturba joined her husband in detention in Poona following the 'Quit India' movement.  It is there that she died in 1944 with Gandhi at her bedside.  More...

When Gandhi left for London on September 4,1888, Ba was already a mother.  Harilal, her oldest son, was born earlier that year. Manilal was born in 1892; prior to Gandhi's return to Durban in April 1893.  Ramdas was born in 1897 in Durban, following  Gandhi's brief 1896 visit to India.  Devadas, the last of their four sons, was born in 1900, after Gandhi served in the Anglo-Boer War.  More...


A play in two acts
by Ramdas Bhatkal

Translated and presented by Yashodhara Deshpande Maitra

First presented on November 13, 2011 Presbyterian Church Seneca Falls, New York

Sponsored by the Women's Interfaith Institute of the Finger Lakes Cast....

The play is the story of a simple woman married to an extraordinary man and thrown into circumstances far beyond her expectations.  

It shows her development and growth, her strengths, and her handling of difficult situations. 

It is a story of a woman, a wife, a mother and ultimately a human being. Glossary....

Cast of Characters

The Gandhi Family:

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi: ‘Bapu (father)’

Kasturba Gandhi ‘Ba’ (mother)

Their sons:       Harilal (Chhota Gandhi); Gulab, his wife

            Manilal; Sushila, his wife

            Ramdas and Devdas

Their nephews:            Chhagan and Magan

General Smuts: Boer leader in South Africa

Professor Gokhale: Indian leader, and Gandhi’s mentor

 Freedom Fighters interned with Gandhi:



Sushila (Pyarelal’s sister)

Miraben (Madeleine Slade)

Mahadeo: Gandhiji’s secretary and very close associate