I Live My Gender – Debolina

I Live My Gender – Debolina

Debolina is a literature professor at Ramjas College, University of Delhi. The first person in her family to speak English and, more so, to teach the subject, she’s aware of her privilege. She hails from Siliguri, in Assam. Initially having come to the capital in 2001 to join a school near Chattarpur, she decided against it, ultimately returning to Siliguri. It was college that brought her back to the city. Debolina wanted to study English Literature in Kolkata. However, while waiting for the results of the West Bengal College entrances, she applied to…Read more
Delhi emerged like a magic box in my life: : FOV in colleges and communities

Delhi emerged like a magic box in my life: : FOV in colleges and communities

Last week, Mittika along with Humsaa performed at three different locations around Delhi, namely Mata Sundari College, and in two night shelters – one near Bangla Saheb, and another close to Nizamuddin. These events used theatre to present powerful stories of real women living in Delhi, and used these stories to spark discussions on important issues. The performances involved weaving together three different stories of struggle and resistance. They addressed the themes of gender-based violence, migration and caste. The theatre group used a black box in their performances, which symbolised the ills in…Read more
Sheetal, The Professional Clown

Sheetal, The Professional Clown

Sheetal always loved smiling and putting a smile on others' faces. She used to smile at people on the street just to see them smile back. It came to her naturally. So in 2016 when Sheetal heard about 'medical clowning' at a retreat in Ahmedabad, she was fascinated. A Delhi girl, she returned to the city looking to meet more people involved in the profession. Alas, there were none to be found. A medical clown rumoured to be working at AIIMS turned out to be a phantom and Sheetal had to come to…Read more
Festival of Voices at Gargi College

Festival of Voices at Gargi College

August 3rd saw Mittika and Young Minds performing at Gargi College. The performance involved bringing the stories of the women of Delhi to life. For this event our performers took five stories of five inspiring women who have each, in their own way, defied norms or challenged the status quo. They stitched together these stories to create a common narrative that brought out the culture of struggle and resilience of the women in the city. This storytelling performance was followed by an interactive session with members of the audience coming forward with their…Read more
Festival of Voices: Building an alternative future, one story at a time

Festival of Voices: Building an alternative future, one story at a time

Welcome to the Festival of Voices. A project where women’s stories build an alternative future. Delhi, being the capital, represents the country. Whatever happens in Delhi influences the way the entire country is perceived. And today, Delhi is perceived as a city where gender violence is unabated and gender justice is elusive; a city where women live in fear, have little value and even less space. Living in fear in an environment of violence is a barrier to gender equality. However, this is the environment that is perpetuated in the city through the…Read more