About the Project

Gandhi is the most painted, photographed, and sculpted Indian of his time—and since. He also appears in the art work of many children, some of whom grew up to become well-established artists. What (else) might we learn about the Mahatma, if we make the image, and the child’s art work, the starting point of our exploration of the father of the nation?

Image Credits (Left to Right)

Tanmoy, Ba and Bapu in Sevagram, Standard VIII, DAV Public School, Mumbai, 2012
Image courtesy Mani Bhavan Gandhi Sangrahalaya and Gandhi Smarak, Mumbai

Cop Shiva, Byagadehalli Basavaraju as Gandhi being led by a child, Karnataka, photograph from the Being Gandhi series, 2012
© Cop Shiva, 2012

M.F. Husain, Young Maqbool paints Gandhi on blackboard, ink on paper, c. 2010
Illustration in handwritten autobiography in Urdu, Maqbool Husain ki Kahani Apni Zubaani. Ahmedabad: Archer, 2010
Image courtesy Anil Relia, Ahmedabad

K.M. Adimoolam, Gandhi Holding a Child, pen and black ink, 1969
Source: Between the Lines: Drawings by K.M. Adimoolam between 1962 and 1996, Chennai: Value Arts Foundation, 1997