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....


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 frequently..


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.