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9 November 1977
New Delhi, India

On 21 March 1977, Savitri’s husband A.K. Mukherji died of heat stroke at Savitri’s apartment in New Delhi. Whether due to a specific illness or simply to the general infirmities of old age, he had decided to fast until death. After his death, Savitri followed the custom of Hindu widows. She cut her hair short, gave away her jewelry and colorful saris, and dressed in white. This photo shows Savitri’s “new look.” It was taken on the 44th anniversary of Hitler’s “Beer Hall” Putsch, a date Savitri always commemorated.