May 14, 2013

Book Review: The Song Seekers

A powerful and poignant exploration of the oppressive darkness that lurks beneath the veneer of ‘modern’ India, Saswati Sengupta’s debut novel, The Song Seekers, raises compelling questions that continue to haunt the reader for a long time. Set in the turbulent 1960s in Bengal, the novel revolves around the life of newly wed Uma, an [...]

April 24, 2013

Ta(l)king sex beyond English

This is the second of a series of posts written from the experiences at CREA of implementing a program called “Count Me IN! It’s My Body: Advancing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Young Girls through Sports”. CREA is a feminist human rights organization based in Delhi (www.creaworld.org).   (Take fifteen seconds for each [...]

February 23, 2013

A Response to the One Billion Rising Campaign

There is no movement that is above criticism. Especially not within Feminist circles. So it’s no surprise that One Billion Rising, despite the phenomenon that it has come to be, drew its own share of flak. On the offset, I suppose I should clarify that I am a huge, if not blind, fan of Eve [...]

February 16, 2013

A Critique of One Billion Rising

Eve Ensler’s campaign has sparked some important demonstrations and vital public protests. But her organization’s methods are quite top-down. As one instance, it can be frustrating to receive elaborate instructions policing productions of the Vagina Monologues. These instructions change every year, and in a small way seem to go against the spirit of [...]

February 05, 2013

Mumbai Rising

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yebYB1q_oFE   Women are rising to protest, to dance, to heal, to reclaim, to flaunt, to bloom, against violence, against cruelty… Join us at Mumbai Rising on 14 February 2013. Where: Bandra Amphitheatre, Bandstand, Mumbai. When: 5.30 – 8.30 PM. This video was made for Mumbai Rising as part of One Billion Rising by the [...]

January 20, 2013

Hyderabad Literary Festival 2013: Creative Challenges from Women Writers

Keep your eyes and ears open for Anupama Raju, Dipika Mukherjee, Mridula Koshy, Kunal Mukherjee, and Priyamvada Puroshotham [caption id="attachment_2701" align="alignright" width="300"] Panel with Tabish Khair, Dipika Mukherjee, Germain Droogenbroodt and Kunal Mukherjee[/caption] The Hyderabad Literary Festival (18-20th January, 2013), now in its third year and growing in stature, rightfully prides itself on bridging the [...]

December 04, 2012

Event Announcement: Presentation

  Dalits in America: Rendering Caste Visible in the Diaspora Date & Time: Thursday, December 6, 2012; 7 pm Venue: History Corner (Bldg 200), Room 203, Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA About the event: “Caste exists wherever Indians exist and … manifests itself in a myriad of ways,” writes Thenmozhi Soundararajan provocatively [...]

November 21, 2012

On Writing, Civil War, & Feminism: An Interview with Nayomi Munaweera

NAYOMI MUNAWEERA IS A Sri Lankan-American author and artist. Her first book, Island of a Thousand Mirrors, was published in September 2012, and I interviewed her about her work–as a writer, a feminist, and a member of the South Asian diaspora.   DB: Hi Nayomi, welcome to Ultra Violet! Could you tell us about yourself [...]

November 01, 2012

Pink Saris: A One Woman Show

I teach a course on postcolonial literature and film and recently showed students the documentary Pink Saris by award-winning British filmmaker Kim Longinotto. The film enables us to follow Sampath Pal, the leader of the Gulabi gang, around several districts in Bundelkhand, Uttar Pradesh. The group, which began in 2006, has become well known for [...]

October 17, 2012

Performing Dance, Performing Gender

This time, last year, Kavya Krishnan, a PhD scholar in Cultural Studies had made a presentation of her important work on gender performance and dance. She had analysed how dance, specifically looking at Mohiniyattam in Kerala, becomes a site for gender performance and how it disciplines and orders the female body into certain gendered performances [...]

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