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....


Bahu: daughter-in-law

Bramhachaarya: Celibacy

Charkha: spinning wheel

Gora sahibs: white rulers, the British

Honewali: future

Ijjat:  honor

Kala: black

Khadi: homespun

Lagan: marriage

Muddum: Madam

Muhurat: auspicious time or day

Panchaang: like an almanac, shows auspicious days

Pathya: health-based food regimen

Pela: drinking vessel

Puja: religious worship

Sagai: engagement

Sansaar:married life

Satyagraha: Civil disobedience, non-violent non-cooperation

Shlokas: verses

Tulsi: a small tree grown outside homes as part of worship

Vaidya: ayurvedic doctor

Vilayati: English

Vrata: vow