22,000 Gandhi archives put on the web

Berlin, 4 April 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA).

On 1 April 2012, GandhiServe, a Berlin-based international organisation, launched the website Gandhimedia.org. The site hosts 22,000 documents on the life of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948), known as, “Mahatma Gandhi.”

Born in Porbandar in the Indian state of Gujarat, Gandhi studied law in England as India was a British colony at the time. Preaching non-violence, he encouraged protest via civil disobedience. He is considered the Father of the Indian Nation, which earned it’s independence in 1947.

Founded in 1998 by Peter Rühe, GandhiServe collects all sorts of archives concerning Gandhi’s life in the hope of spreading his philosophy. These documents have most notably contributed to the creation of the film by Richard Attenborough Gandhi (1982). This initiative was taken by Gandhi’s youngest son, Devadas Gandhi (1900-1957). Today, the online documentary file brings together reproductions of 22,000 manuscripts, books, video clips, photographs, films, and theatrical works.

Among the artistic documents are photos taken by Kanu Gandhi, Mahatna Gandhi’s little nephew. The photos reflect the last twelve years of his life. Other documents consist of numerous drawings (including caricatures), cartoons, portraits using various different pictorial techniques, as well as photo-portraits of the great man.