The exhibition, which includes photos and paintings, and life-size sculptures, is held at the Ayyankali Hall in Thiruvananthapuram.
Kerala exhibition shows history’s lesser-known women activists. The exhibition, which includes photos and paintings, and life-size sculptures, is held at the Ayyankali Hall in Thiruvananthapuram.
In its description of the ‘Drishya Bhoomika’ exhibition, the All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) – holding it as part of its national conference – says
that the role of women in shaping modern history was made invisible by dominant ruling classes, administrators and academics who tended to take a male, dominant, patriarchal position.
The exhibition is an attempt to bring out those stories which are left out by historians
In the second room, divided into sections, photos and short descriptions of women across the country
who rebelled against the patriarchal norms and took part in freedom movements tell a story of India you don’t often hear about.
“In matters of leaving names, there has always been the practice of dropping out the names of women, in any discourse,” Oleena says.
The exhibition is an attempt in retrieving those names, she adds.
Scattered among the more known names of the Indian Independence movement like Bhikaji Rustom Cama, Annie Besant, and Annie Mascarene, are the less-heard stories of MK Paru, Kurumba, and M Haleema Beevi.
“Advancement in tech innovations has made many items available at cheaper rates and the handicrafts industry is on the verge of closure.
Currently, such exhibitions create
some sort of demand for our handmade items that require a lot of effort, time, and resources. New economic policies have adversely affected the industry