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Gangubai Kathiawadi 'Kothewali' Wiki, Biography, Age, Death, Husband, Children, Family, Facts & More

Updated On : February 25, 2022

Short Biography

Gangubai Kathiawadi was born in 1939 in Kathiawad in the state of Gujarat, India as Ganga Harjivan Das. She was an Indian Mafia Woman. She was famously known for saving the lives of those girls who were forced into the trade of prostitution.

Other Name: Gangubai, Gangubai Kothewali, Ganga, Ganga Harjivan Das, Madam of Kamathipura

Gangubai Kathiawadi Complete Bio & Career

Gangubai was born in a middle-class family of Kathiawad, Gujrat. Her family wants her to get a good education. But Ganga was never interested in studies. She always dreamt of becoming a famous actress like Hema Malini and Asha Parekh. She wanted to go to Mumbai and wants to make an acting career. At the age of 16, she fell in love with Ramnik who works for her father. The family was against their relationship. Both decided to run away from the house and get married.
As per the decision, they ran away from Kathiawad and went to Mumbai. At Mumbai, the couple stayed with each other for some days. On one morning, Ramnik told Gangu to stay with his aunt as he was going out to search a house for them. Ramnik's aunt took her to the Kamathipura, a famous red light area of Mumbai. She came to know that Ramnik had sold her in 500 rupees. She was totally broken by this deceit. She tried much to get escape from there but could not make it possible.
She was badly tortured physically by Shukat Ali twice and even had to get admitted to a hospital. She was very angry over this behavior and decided to know about Shaukat Ali. She came to know that Shaukat Ali works for Karim Lala. She went to Kareem Lala's house who was an underworld don. When Lala came to know about the brutality done with her, he assured them to take care of her. She tied a rakhi on her hand and make her a brother. When Shaukat Ali again came to Kamathipura, Karim Lala beat her badly and warned everyone to not misbehave with Gangu.
After it, she contested in local elections. She won the elections and people came to know her as Ganbubai Kothewali. She did many works for the rights of s*x workers in the red-light area. She also freed many girls who were forcefully sent to this business. She became a mother face for the s*x workers of Kamathipura.

Health Issues, Illness and Death Info

Gangubai Kathiawadi died at the age of 68-69 in 2008 in Kamathipura, Mumbai in the state of Maharashtra, India.

DEATH PLACE Kamathipura, Mumbai, Maharashtra

Gangubai Kathiawadi Family, Relatives and Other Relations

She was born into a Hindu middle-class family to her father Harjivan Das. She was in a relationship with Ramnik Lal in 1945. Her parents were against their marriage. Then both of them run away from home and went to Mumbai. Where, Ramnik Lal sold her at Kamathipura. She adopted four children. In Mumbai, Karim Lala (the mafia dons of Mumbai) became her rakhi brother, and very soon after she became Gangubai from Ganga.

Life's Important Dates Of Gangubai Kathiawadi

Body Measurements

Skin Colour Fair
Eye Colour Black
Hair Colour White

Personal Info

Home Town Kathiawad, Gujarat, India
Nationality Indian
Religion Hindu
Address Kamathipura, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
School N/A
College N/A
Qualification N/A
Hobbies Dancing, Acting
Marital Status Unmarried
Salary N/A
Net Worth N/A
Official Website N/A
Best Know as Madam of Kamathipura


Favorite Color Blue, Red
Favorite Actress Hema Malini , Asha Parekh
Favorite Dress Sarees
Favorite Accessories Earrings, Nose-pin

Shocking / Interesting Facts & Secrets About Gangubai Kathiawadi

  • Gangubai is known as the Madam of Kamathipura, a red-light area in Mumbai.
  • She raised her voice for the rights of s*x workers.
  • At the age of 16, her lover Ramnik sold her to a woman at Kamathipura for just 500 rupees.
  • She was a very brave and strong woman.
  • She wanted to become a famous actress like Hema Malini and Asha Parekh.
  • She became a mother face for the s*x workers of Kamathipura who still keep her picture.