The Devadasi_NOW Project
Girls deserve a life of freedom -- not a life sentence
*The Devadasi_NOW Project is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, Inc. a non-profit arts service organization
While inquiring about women’s right issues in India, a few years ago, I stumbled on the film Maya by Dighvijay Singh on the Devadasi system. This film shattered all my romantic notions of devadasis. The deeper I went the uglier became the facts of this illegal practice. After much effort I was able to connect with a few NGOs and go to India earlier this year to do a survey documentary on the present status of this practice. I was shocked by the facts but at the same time was struck by the courage of these devadasi mothers and daughters to resist this system. However, a shoestring budget only allowed me to scratch the surface of what the world needs to know.
There are still hundreds of stories from the interiors of Karnataka waiting to be told. Help me to bring these stories to light, so you can lend a hand to these women and young girls to get an education and fulfill their dreams.
Your generous contribution will assist making a new documentary, sequel to Devadasi_NOW, to bring stories of human rights violations from remote villages of Karnataka and directly assist NGOs to implement skill-training centers and educational programs for devadasis and their daughters.
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Producer Director Writer: Indrani Nayar-Gall DOP: Tuhin Saha Editor: Bijoy Ruj
Film Type: Experimental Documentary Runtime: 48 minutes 47 seconds Completion Date: July 2016 Country of Origin: United States Country of Filming: India
Country of Origin: United States Country of Filming: India Film Language: English, Hindi, Kannada Shooting Format: HD Digital Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Film Color: Black & White and Color
Genre: Experimental documentary, Human Rights, Religious servitude Women’s issue, Religious indoctrination, Abuse, Exploitation, Caste-Class
Devadasi_NOW film is an experimental documentary on the challenges of eradicating Devadasi tradition.The documentary examines the illegal practice of religious servitude, popularly known as the Devadasi system that deprives a little girl freedom and choice of what she wants to be.
Still photography from the documentary and
The Devadasi_NOW Project
Still image from pages of Devadasi Diaries, digital book, 2016
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COLLABORATION, ACTIVISM, COMMUNITY
Project_De-Code is the community component of Devadasi_NOW. The project engages participants to reflect on the validity of old religious codes, tradition and customs that are still steeped in deep patriarchal values. Through hands-on creative activities participants are invited to erase these old-codes that discriminate against and are inhumane to women.
I will be continuing this project in schools, universities and communities.
TAKE ACTION! ORGANIZE SIMILAR ACTIVITIES WITHIN YOUR COMMUNITY TO ERASE DISCRIMINATION!
Installation, Print media, Intermedia, Film