Aug. 24, 2012
-- Berlin, 25 August 2012: GandhiMedia is an interactive, web-based database designed to support research and teaching associated with Mahatma Gandhi and India‘s independence movement. It has been established and is operated by the Germany-based not-for-profit enterprise GandhiServe.
Recently the institution has received real colour film material by the son of photographer Constantin Joffe, who was sent by Vogue magazine to India in 1948 to cover an interview with Gandhi. Coincidentally, these were the days when Gandhi got assassinated and the whole country went into mourning.
One 5 minute silent film clip shows Gandhi and his associates Mirabehn, Dr. Sushila Nayar, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Brijkrishna Chandiwala and others walking up and down in front of Birla House, New Delhi, where Gandhi spent the last days of his life. In another scene Gandhi is laying in bed in the garden of Birla House still weakened from his last fast which ended on 18 January 1948. He can be seen talking with his associates, spinning and resting.
In another 4+ minute film clip the immersion of Gandhi's ashes in the sea is shown after the 12 days mourning period.
Both clips have been discovered only recently by the son of Constantin Joffe. The material got restored digitally and is now available for viewing and downloading on GandhiMedia: http://www.gandhimedia.org