Kanu Gandhi worked as Mahatma Gandhi’s secretary and was one of his descendants. He took more than 2,000 photographs of Mahatma Gandhi, many of which were kept away for many years.
1. Kanu Gandhi was the only one who could capture rare moments of Mahatma Gandhi but was sometime stopped by Mahatma Gandhi himself.
Mahatma Gandhi in Sewagram Ashram, Maharashtra (1938)
2. Nazar Foundation preserved around 92 of these photographs and saved them as monographs.
Gandhi checking his weight in Birla House, Mumbai. (1945)
3. Kanu Gandhi, at the age of 20, was sent to Sewagram by his parents to help Mahatma Gandhi.
Gandhi saving himself with a pillow from the harsh sunlight. Sewagram (1940) Photo Credit: Kanu Gandhi
4. Though, Kanu Gandhi was interested in medical studies but he later developed an interest in photography and took a lot of candid shots of Mahatma Gandhi.
Pathan and Congress volunteers trying to push Mahatma Gandhi’s car stuck in mud. (October 1938)
5. Kanu Gandhi used to be with Mahatma Gandhi almost all the time. Hence, he traveled a lot with him around the globe.
Mahatma Gandhi and Kasturba Gandhi in Abotabad (November 1938)
6. The last few days of Mahatma Gandhi’s life went very crucial and he experienced many emotions altogether.
Mahatma Gandhi during 3 days hunger strike in Rajkot, Gujrat. (March 1939)
7. Kanu succeeded in capturing all those important moments of Gandhi’s life.
Mahatma Gandhi in Sewagram during a wedding procession of a Christian boy and a schedule caste girl. (1940)
8. Kasturba Gandhi lying on a bed at Aga Khan Palace in Pune in 1944.
Kasturba Gandhi in her last few months according to Sanjiv Seth
9. Two legendary figures of the time of Independence in one frame.
Mahatma Gandhi with Subhash Chandra Bose
10. Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore in some serious conversation.
Nobel prize winner Rabindranath Tagore with Mahatma Gandhi in Shantiniketan.
11. Mahatma Gandhi traveled for around three months by train and collected funds for backward class in in 1945-46.
Mahatma Gandhi collecting fund during his rail journey to Assam, Bengal and Southern parts of India.
12. One of such moment was when Kasturba Gandhi was lying dead in Mahatma Gandhi’s lap and he said with great grief that after 60 years of togetherness he just can’t imagine his life without her.
Mahatma Gandhi silently sitting near the corpse of Kasturba Gandhi, who died in February 1944.