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Art & Activism

Black and white sketch of two little boys chasing each other and playing with a toy wheel

Voices: Poetry

Boys standing up to their fathers are invitations to patriarchy When boys become men it is marked by celebratory loud aggression a crossroads in our lives. it was when i was 15, and for the first time, finally raised fist to my father's face. but i was wrong it was not manhood that i entered,…
Photo of a young female child in a white dress, saying 'who will melt my chains

Videos by Breakthrough

Breakthrough's video - Mann ke Manjeeré - winner of the Screen Awards 2001 in India and nominated for MTV's 'Best Indipop Music Video', reached 26 million households via six satellite music television channels, effectively mainstreaming discussions about domestic violence issues throughout South Asia and reaching as far as Tajikistan, Indonesia and the United States.  …
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The Editorial: Art and Activism

Art has the potential of reaching out to wide and diverse audiences and speaks to them in different ways. Therein lies its beauty, making it also a very powerful mode for activism in these times. In this issue of our blog, we have art ranging from cartoons to dance to poetry to video installations. Art…
Photo of performance artist and theatre personality Maya Krishna Rao. She is wearing black and her left hand raised in a dramatic pose. She has long white hair and there is a red bindi on her forehead.

Art & Activism

Some propositions:  Nothing ‘activates’ like art. (I’ll speak here of theatre). It can touch, stir the senses, the head, the heart, the body, our spirit, our ‘social self’, if you like- all together. It takes just one deeply felt action, sourced from a significant human experience, striking through the air, with beauty, to rouse an…
Photo of performance artist and theatre personality Maya Krishna Rao. She is wearing black and her left hand raised in a dramatic pose. She has long white hair and there is a red bindi on her forehead.

In conversation with Sheema Kermani

Sheema Kermani is a cultural activist, theatre practitioner, theatre director and a known Pakistani exponent of Indian classical dance. She had studied Bharatanatyam under Leela Samson and Odissi under Aloka Panicker during her previous visits to India. In 1979, she founded a women's organization called Tehrik-e-Niswan. TARSHI: You have chosen a very unconventional and powerful mode of protest in the…
A series of photos of Indian goddesses shown with bruises on various parts of their face.

Review: Women We Worship, Women We Abuse

It is almost a year old, but the Abused Goddesses campaign created ripples in the fabric of activism that are worth revisiting. You’ve probably seen them too many times now, but I remember looking at the images for the first time and thinking how dramatic they were. Here were mythological characters from my grandmother’s stories,…
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