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.
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
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
The play is the story of a simple woman married to an
extraordinary man and thrown into circumstances far beyond her
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
This website is dedicated to the life of Kasturba Gandhi and to a
play celebrating her life- titled "Jagadamba" (Mother of the
Universe). This is a work in progress, please check back
The play Jagadamba is presented in two acts:
Act I: January 1915. A cabin on the ship taking Gandhi and Kasturba
back to India.
Act II: August 1942 to February 1944. The Aga Khan Palace in Pune,
India, where Gandhi and his associates are being held in detention.