Unsung Sheroes – Mavuri And The Iconic Women Project Celebrates Inspirational Women Of India
by Bhargavi Mittalu on Feb 27, 2023
This International Women's Day, Mavuri celebrates women's strength, resilience, and achievements that paved the way for future generations. We honour and recognise the immense impact that women have had on our society. As we reflect on the progress made towards gender equality by various women of our country, Mavuri collaborated with a seasoned design leader, Kadambari Misra, through her platform, 'The Iconic Women Project ' for telling the stories of inspirational women of India by re-enactment. Our humble effort to represent these “Unsung Sheroes” will bring you awareness and inspiration to achieve the unthinkable.
We chose to represent six inspirational women of India and paid tribute to their contributions which have been overlooked or forgotten.
Dr Muthulakshmi Reddi
Deep in the pages of history and an era of drastic cultural changes, there was a woman named Dr Muthulakshmi Reddi who had redefined the meaning and value of women's rights to all the citizens of India. Reddi was the first woman to practis e medicine in India and played a pivotal role in the fight for women's rights. She was also the founder of the Women's Indian Association (WIA), which was established in 1917 and became the largest women's organisation in the country. Dr Muthulakshmi Reddi was a trailblazer for women in her home country and many worldwide.
Ranganayaki Ammal was a prominent Carnatic musician and composer from the 19th century who significantly contributed to developing the Carnatic music tradition, which men traditionally dominated. She was among the first women to perform in public concerts, breaking down barriers and inspiring other women to pursue music as a profession. In addition to her musical achievements, Ammal was also a philanthropist and social reformer. She was deeply committed to the cause of women's education and worked to establish schools and colleges for girls in her hometown of Srirangam.
Tarabai Shinde was a remarkable Indian feminist, writer, and social reformer known for her critical and revolutionary book, "Stri Purush Tulana" (A Comparison Between Women and Men). Through her book, Tarabai argued that women were not inferior to men, and their unequal treatment resulted from a deeply entrenched social structure that needed to change. She also called for an end to the practice of child marriage, the dowry system, and the social isolation of widows.
Rukmini Devi Arundale
Rukmini Devi Arundale was a renowned Indian classical dancer, choreographer, and cultural activist who significantly contributed to preserving and promoting Indian classical dance forms. In addition to her dance career, she was also a feminist and believed that women should have equal rights and opportunities in all areas of life. She founded the Kalakshetra Foundation, an institution that promotes Indian art and culture, and provided training and employment opportunities for women in the arts. We at Mavuri consider her our greatest muse because she was instrumental in reviving the dying demand for the Kanjeevaram silk saree through her art.
Anandi Bai was a pioneer in the field of medicine and a true inspiration to women all over the world. She was the first Indian woman to earn a medical degree from a foreign university and played a significant role in advancing women's education and healthcare in India. Anandi Bai's legacy is a beacon of hope and inspiration for women worldwide. Her courage, perseverance, and dedication to education and healthcare have inspired countless others to pursue their dreams and positively impact their communities.
Pandita Ramabai was a prominent Indian social reformer, scholar, and women's rights activist who fought for gender equality and education for girls and women. She was a strong advocate for women's rights and fought against the oppression and discrimination faced by women in Indian society. Ramabai established the Mukti Mission, a home for widows and women who were outcasts from society. The mission provided shelter, education, and vocational training to women and girls who were otherwise destitute.
Let us use the inspiration of these 'Unsung Sheroes' to continue advocating for women's rights and empowerment, to challenge gender stereotypes and biases, and to create inclusive and equitable communities where all women can thrive. To know more about these inspirational women of India, follow us on Facebook and Instagram.