Woman or Goddess? The Politics of the Female Body Based on the Short Film Devi

(Readers’ submissions: Celebrating one year of the Indigenous Blog) By Arpita Chowdhury Lakshmi, Saraswati, Parvati…Kathua Hathras, Unnao – Do these names sound familiar? Every day, scanning through the newspapers, at least 40% of the news articles talk about the violence against women, whether it’s rape, sexual assault, eve-teasing, or domestic violence. The horrific tales do […]

Shadows and Sunlight: Chhaya Surya, Remembering a Forgotten Classic

(Readers’ submissions: Celebrating one year of the Indigenous Blog) By Piali Bose Chhaya Surya (1963), (pronounced ‘Chayasurjyo’ ) – a Bengali film based on a short story by the famous litterateur Ashapurna Devi, is a poignant tale of a girl who is ostracized by her own family because of her dark complexion and her unconventional […]