Indian Women's Liberation Day Celebrated by Youth Cultural Activists

Deepa Pawar
Posted December 24, 2021 from India

Today, 25th December, is celebrated as Indian Women's Liberation Day. Because on this day in 1927, Dr. Ambedkar took a radical stand against the anti-women, anti-Bahujan lawbook Manusmriti - he burnt it - that many in India believed in then, and continue to follow today.

Anubhuti mentored Badlache Parv Kala Manch formed by youth from diverse Bahujan communities - including young women, NT-DNT, SC, ST and rural, are also committed to take this stand. It may be that the book itself is not widely followed, but its thoughts - violence against women, inequality between castes, discrimination against the 'other' are all rampant today too. This Cultural Group is creating and performing artwork to spread messages against such un-Constitutional practices.

In a recent residential camp, they learnt about old & new progressive art forms - from Laavni, Bharud, and Kirtan to Doodles, Comics, Memes, Reels, Rap..

Actually these art have today been appropriated by the privileged for monetary gains. But they had emerged from the ground as protest art - created spontaneously by organic artists based on their lived experiences of struggle, pain, & triumph!

Similarly, these youth, despite very little training and resources managed to creates beautiful art giving hard hitting social messages. These art forms are supposed to be that accessible and democratic.

Further, they have taken up the task of creating their own group's Constitution.

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Jill Langhus
Dec 27, 2021
Dec 27, 2021

Hello, Deepa,

How are you doing, dear? It sounds like you're making great impact again:-) I would love to see some of the art created.

Thanks for sharing, and Happy New Year! xx

Deepa Pawar
Dec 28, 2021
Dec 28, 2021

Sure, Jill , will share!

Jill Langhus
Dec 29, 2021
Dec 29, 2021

Yay! Looking forward to seeing it!

Tamarack Verrall
Dec 30, 2021
Dec 30, 2021

Dear Deepa,
This is real change! We as women have been told through the centuries that if a man has written that we are to be considered less than and that it is allowed that we be violated, and that there is an accepted caste system, that this means it is inevitable, when really it is just the words written and used by men who want to be in control. How great to read that there are people creating art to create change, and that young people are making it accessible and democratic!