The Fragrance of Independence

The Fragrance of Independence By Shyama Parui The soft ringing of the brass bell, the lighting of an oil lamp, and finally the sound of the conch shell signaled the start of prayer time for my family. The fragrance of jasmine agarbatti (incense) would draw us to the puja room, where my mother typically decorated the images of gods…

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Activities & Achievements

Indrani Nayar-Gall's work and documentary film was shown atGrounds for Change, Village Theater and Art Gallery, Danville, CA; Virgin Spring Cinefest, Silver Award 10th Season, Cine Odyssey Film Festival; Outstanding Achievement Award, Calcutta International Cult Film Festival; Paper/work: Works on/of Paper, University of Alabama Huntsville

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Empowerment Project Launched

The empowerment project On October 28th Yes She Rises launched the empowerment project it has been planning for nearly three years. The event took place at the Hospet branch of MYRADA, a well-known non-profit working with the marginalized communities within three southern Indian states. The scheduled events included an inaugural conference, six days of training in incense making and spoken…

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The Cost Of a Woman

The Cost Of a Woman a Devadasi who silently cried out for help By Stuti Chegoori My body is worth a penny, my heart is worth a nickel, my soul is worth a dime. To others this statement may seem like worthless words but to the Devadasis’ that are living in India this is their reality. Being a Hindu…

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Her plight, Her rise!

Her plight, her rise! Yes, she will rise from the ashes of the ugly truths, to rediscover herself. By Kalpita Sen They don't give us any jobs She, belonged to a cursed and a regressive system, tousled and tossed in the name of religion; born to poverty-stricken parents, who to unburden themselves of daughters used religion to console their…

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Two sides of one coin

Two sides of one coin By Ritushree Dutta Oppression and domination have been the key factors to many of society’s problems. Yet somehow through all the turmoil and continued hesitation to end it, we the people seem to be blind to those that cause it in the first place. While I, a female in the United States of America,…

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Paradigms Of Empowerment

Paradigms Of Empowerment In an age when we expect equal treatment of men and women, the #MeToo movement has torn the façade to reveal that we are not there yet. By Shyama Parui We go about our daily routines, carry out our mundane activities and as we are checking off items on our to-do list, we probably don’t give…

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Devadasi – in Service of the Divine

Devadasi – in Service of the Divine Once a woman entered the lifecycle of a Devdasi, the girl children she bore would automatically have no respite from the system. By Sudeshna Hazra The term “Devadasi” has an interesting epistemology. As the name suggests, “Dev” in Sanskrit indicates divine and “dasi” is a personnel in service. Over the course of…

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Devadasi_NOW Preview and discussion

Discussion and preview of Devadasi_NOW Indrani Nayar-Gall, the founder of Yes She Rises will present a short excerpt of the documentary Devadasi_NOW, and give a brief talk on the challenges of eradicating the tradition of religious servitude within North Interior Karnataka.  Venue: April 21st 2018 (Saturday) at Vihar Hall, Hindu center 

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