Mumbiram’s friendship with the Phasepardhis had many aspects one more fascinating than the other. He had known them ever since he was a child. Mumbiram’s father, Advocate Ramdas Paranjpe, was the first lawyer in Pune to defend men and women from the Phasepardhi tribes in criminal court cases, mostly involving village midnight robberies. Mumbiram had become good friends with Choklet Kanthya Pawar who lived in Padmavati and Ambegaon, south of Pune. Kanthya Pawar had been one of the Phasepardhi men that Advocate Ramdas Paranjpe had once defended in criminal court cases.
This photo was made when Mumbiram was visiting Choklet’s homestead in Padmavati along with his Korean friend Dr. Hae Sung, also known as Amrisha.