Razor, fountain pens, spectacles used by Mahatma Gandhi and bangles, vermilion, shawl and jacket used by Kasturba Gandhi from 1942 to 1948 were put on exhibition by National Gandhi Museum, on the occasion of International Museum Day on Sunday.
The relics used by the Gandhis, 32 in all, also included soap-box, a small clock, brass ‘diya’, stone and a steel bowl, woollen rug, thread and needle, a spinning wheel, jute slippers among others have been acquired by the museum from Manubehn Gandhi’s collection.
Manubehn, one of the grand niece of Mahatma Gandhi who had joined him during the Quit India Movement (1942) and stayed with Kasturba and him till his last breath in 1948, had kept these relics preserved, said A Annamalai, Director of the Museum.
Also a new website of the National Gandhi Museum -www.gandhimuseum.org- was launched which aims to provide the museum’s resources including text, audio-video footage and photographs online.
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The new website has compiled various documents and resources under classified categories to provide people with maximum information in a user-friendly manner.
It also include BBC’s ‘Talking of Gandhiji’ an audio-video presentation on the Father of Nation. “There are lot of resources relating to Gandhi with the museum. These resources should be taken to the people. This website is a cost-effective to reach to maximum people,” said Annamalai.
“But that is not all,” said Annamalai, adding that a lot of other resources are in the process of digitisation which includes documents and over seven thousand pictures of Gandhi which will soon be uploaded on the website.
A publication titled ‘Thambi Naidoo and his family’ by E S Reddy was released on the occasion. Thambi Naidoo was a close associate of Mahatma Gandhi
during his ‘Satyagraha’ movement in South Africa while Reddy is a Padma Shree awardee and former United Nation’s official.
The publication chronicles Naidoo’s story whose whole family was involved in the struggle in South Africa and who Gandhi described as “the bravest and staunchest of all”.
Among others, Ashok Vajpeyi, former Secretary Ministry of Culture, Rajeev Lochan, Director of National Gallery of Modern Arts, M A Sikandar, Director National Book Trust, Aparna Basu and Ram Chandra Rahi were present at the event held in the Museum premise at Rajghat.