26 September 2022
Recording of the week: Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)
This week’s post comes from Steve Cleary, Lead Curator, Literary and Creative Recordings.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, better known as Mahatma (‘Great-souled’) Gandhi, led India’s campaign to rid itself of British rule.
In October 1931, during his fifth and final visit to London, Gandhi was invited by the Columbia Gramophone Company to make a record.
He declined to speak about politics but offered instead to speak on spiritual matters, in particular Hinduism, which he said was ‘the religion of humanity and includes the best of all the religions known to me’.
Gandhi’s talk had appeared previously in print, in slightly longer form, in his weekly journal Young India (Vol. X, No. 41, Thursday, 11 October 1928) under the title ‘God Is’.