Imaging Women Nationalists: Serving the Nation State

Imaging Women Nationalists: Serving the Nation State Anita Ratnam and Shovana Narayan in conversation with Shalin Maria Lawrence

January 11, 2024 03:21 pm | Updated January 27, 2024 10:27 am IST

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Time & DateJan 26 , 2024 , 06:50 pm - 07:50 pm

Women played a significant role in helping India achieve its independence. However, their contributions are rarely highlighted and celebrated. In this session, join Anita Ratnam, Shovana Narayan and Shalin Maria Lawrence discuss the role played by women nationalists.

Anita Ratnam is a celebrated dancer and an influential theatre artist. She is a choreographer, writer, speaker and mentor. She is credited with having edited and published two best-selling editions of Narthaki (1992 and 1997), which is a directory of classical Indian dances.

Shovana Narayan is an acclaimed Kathak performer, teacher and choreographer, with a career spanning almost seven decades. She is the recipient of over 45 national and international awards and was awarded the Padma Shri (1992) and the Sangeet Natak Akademi award (2001). She is a bureaucrat, having served in the Indian Audit and Accounts Service (1976 batch) till her retirement in 2010. She has authored over 19 books, several research papers and over 500 articles.

Shalin Maria Lawrence is a Dalit activist, intersectional feminist, author and orator. She writes on social issues, especially gender justice, arts, cinema, caste and politics. She conducts workshops and collaborates with various human rights organisations across India. She is a columnist and her work has appeared in leading Tamil magazines, newspapers and digital portals. She has published three books in Tamil and a book in English. She received the UN population first’s LAADLI award in 2021 for gender sensitivity in news and media for the southern region.

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