Dadi Nani Foundation

Charitable Trust

Dadi Nani: Memories of Our Grandmothers

This website has a companion website, with which it has some overlap at this time.


Editors: Subhash Mathur & Subodh Mathur

This book is a collection of short life stories of 25 Indian grandmothers who were born around 1900. The authors are their grandchildren. The book covers India's varied regions - north, south, east and west.

The stories are personal, and reflect family memories, which are often subjective, selective, and emotional. The book is a fascinating, human-interest account of the circumstances in which these diverse women were born and grew up, and their ideas, aspirations, and achievements over their lifetimes.

Yet, the book transcends their individual lives. The backdrop to these stories is the transformation of India in the twentieth century. Collectively, these stories give a good sense of how Indian women and their families absorbed and adapted to the far-reaching political, social, and economic changes that India experienced. Read sample chapters...

Contribute Memories
Please contribute your personal memories about Indian women. The memories go beyond those of grandmothers, after whom this site is named. Dadi means father' monther, and Nani means mother's mother.
Dadi Nani ka Din
85-year old Mrs. Bhatnagar, a great-grandmother and the oldest person present that day, getting ready to perform after she got stuck with the hat.

The Dadi Nani Foundation Charitable Trust takes great pleasure in announcing that 13th January each year would be celebrated as Dadi Nani ka Din.

Read about the celebrations this year...

Academic Symposium
Symposium Chief Guest

The Dadi Nani Foundation organised a three-day all-India Symposium on Grandmothers: Role and Status in Indian Families and Society in Pune April 4 - 6, 2008.

Read the Overview Paper.


Video of the Day

Life Back Then: 1899

This is one of the earliest films to be shot in India; it was filmed in 1899 in the holy city of Varanasi from the perspective of a boat travelling along Ganges River. This film is included on the BFI DVD of Jean Renoir's 'The River'.