stream Having long shed her garb of quiet subservience and now articulating what male poets call “too bold”, Sukirtharani is no longer closeted about her freedom. I myself will become Your body is used as a way to express the violence over your caste – for every caste slur thrown around; there is a physical manifestation on the Dalit body of pain. endobj Every year one person would be chosen to perform the task of playing parai, which he should oblige. A woman’s space is only a space when it is connected to a man’s space. It’s one of my most favourite poems. Sukirtharani has six collections of poetry to her credit: Kaipattri Yen Kanavu Kel, Iravu Mirugam, Kaamatthipoo, Theendapadaatha Muttham, Avalai Mozhipeyarthal and Ippadikku Yeval. Triesten Technologies LLC, Westmoor Technology Park,10955 Westmoor Drive,Suite #4100, 4th Floor,Westminster, Colorado - 80021.USA. d�5 ~N���+���Qa�N,��րN�+�= My father protested and the panchayat called him and cast him out of the village. I will pour down. My father worked in EID Parry as a labourer. I have five siblings – three sisters and two brothers. A wellspring of ideas, thoughts and questions flowed, which metamorphosed into poems. But when it happens to women of lower castes, the treatment is always different as was in the case of Priyanka. My generation was the first to earn a degree. They were told, “Don’t talk to them, don’t encourage them and don’t share anything with them”. In order to process that fear, I started writing. I can never be hushed, I will still rise. Periyar WebVision, Periyar Thidal, 84/1(50), E.V.K.Sampath Salai,Vepery,Chennai - 600 007. Those days, children of such community were told not to mingle with the Dalit children. The village, where I am living is not my home; it is my father’s home. When I was studying in class 2, there was an incident that I can never forget. Listen to Pathinettu Vayathu online.Pathinettu Vayathu is a Tamil language song and is sung by S. P. Balasubrahmanyam and S. Janaki.Pathinettu Vayathu, from the album Surieyan, was released in the year 2014.The duration of the song is … Credit: PTI. We just have too many Dalit male voices in literature. The more you confine me, the more I will spill over That’s where the idea of feminism kicked off. A woman’s body is being portrayed as a sacred thing, as a synonym of purity. Many of Sukirtharani’s poems are being taught in colleges in Tamil Nadu. Masturbation is a release and a challenge to a power that says women should never do it. Viduthalaiyin Pathaagai by Sukirtharani. For me, caste identity and the female body are closely intertwined. Please don’t jump to conclusions and assumptions. As my father was working at Parry’s in Ranipet, it didn’t affect him. “Can we do this in Tamil please?” Sukirtharani requests at the beginning of the interview. We need to understand that the feminism in New Delhi is not the same as in Kanyakumari. We’ve been taught to think that way. I never understood caste as a child and didn’t have the maturity to deal with it, I was confused then. They advised us to curtail our voice and protests. So I realised that finding my own voice will take some time. They both went through the same kind of barbarism. Those words were so common in early Tamil literatures of last centuries. I didn’t feel like writing about love or romance initially; only social issues pervaded my poetry. E/3 ǰ-Tn� M��j����Y��Z4���c%���鶪�3��/6p��|d�Zx7g�{�o1r�x�;���jb ~���m��4��T��$[TC!�g���jS*C�"��E�Sa����ą�S�������z#��}a� When a woman is raped or when a Dalit boy elopes and marries a girl from a different caste, the girl is considered impure, not the boy. 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For her, the recognition of Dalit literature and writers in recent times has brought her out of her shell, and provided a sense of comfort in herself and her work. planted in my vagina. endstream Where is my mother’s home? x��KO�0���sS�}���|�u�F�u�²���ooymLijBR���?3�i�ѥD>��s� b� �0��[,���O�(Y�'�P?��na���*���1� I actually wrote the poem when I was 25. If I tell my family about the abuse I am getting, they’ll just tell me to stop writing. That was how they took shape and the need to express arose. The poems of Kutty Revathi (a Tamil feminist poet) have inspired me. This video is unavailable. <>>>/Contents 2 0 R/Parent 3 0 R>> How were you able to do so? It’s the past now; I overcame my caste identity at one point. This ideology is rubbish. Contextual translation of "viduthalai pathiram" into English. Phone : 916 719 6150 / 303 379 1280 Fax: 303 379 2100 Email: support@nannool.com But time wasn’t as cruel as it used to be when I was young. Vidyapati Thakur(1352 - 1448) Vidyapati Thakur, also known by the sobriquet Maithil Kavi Kokil (the poet cuckoo of Maithili) was a Maithili poet and a Sanskrit writer. When one Rohith Vemula dies, there will be another Rohith in the form of a Kanhaiya Kumar or a Jignesh Mevani. There were even demonstrations against us. I confide in my friends and fellow writers. The state of women in any house is no different from the society. The men belonging to the upper caste are the next challenge, because they feel they have the right to assert their power even more. In 2009, she organised a poets’ protest against the violence against Tamils in Sri Lanka, which saw participation by many poets. “She only writes about the vagina, she only writes vulgar poetry,” we faced a lot of backlash. They spoke in innuendoes, ostracising us for writing about feminism. endstream This is something that has happened to some prominent female poets too. Compared to the pain upper caste women undergo, in my opinion, Dalit women go through worse. It is only laced externally with personal experiences. 2 0 obj We’re in rough agreement about how much spending can be cut responsibly as a first step toward reducing our deficit. water The feminism in Lalapet is different from that of Kanyakumari. At that moment I was both confused and hurt, and found out much later why she behaved so. *�k(��A��a�OU��QE� ��q��5����V�Z��(��[ԖNy��ۤ�G�/_�;]*z�h��X|�c4J�TD�{ endobj Tamil Dalit feminist poet Sukirtharani opens up about her childhood, her Dalit identity in poetry and the Dalit women's resistance. It was a man’s voice. <>stream Do you feel a woman’s body, which has been and still is monolithically viewed as a labouring body, is liberated through the sensuality in your poetry? There is a line in the poem Viduthalaiyin Pathaagai: Rohith Vemula is an icon. You map Dalit history using the female body. Was that shame something you had to carefully clutch on to out of fear? But when it comes to women, they are immediately cast out. away past you My language of feminism is different from yours. It’s as simple as that. Memorial Overview published by Krishnapillai Pathmavanitha (வவா) - RIPBook As a Dalit feminist, do you feel it’s important to raise your voice because we don’t have enough of them? I personally think that problems of Dalit women are different from the women of other castes. When we called some of the women writers, everyone was too scared to come forward. In festivals or funerals, parai is an important part of the rituals. subscribe. That could have happened to me. When the two lyricists made a verbal attack on feminist poets, my family did not support me. �6���z F5�Ĩ��y�Ȁ;8�A������nj�]nx��wz�[_+K����ۖ��qJo�?H Jn5��S'�W�*]F������a�rx�@����)���� ͋�*mـ�`&RT_#�xw,,ǟ�v}�/?��8��)����)������v��߁ According to me, there is nothing called sanctity; nothing is sacred or pure. I pray to God to give you and your family the strength to cope up with this Tough time, May her soul rest in peace. It is quite normal for a man to flaunt his sexuality, but a woman can never do so: if she does, it is said to be a sin. So your family couldn’t be trusted with understanding your work? Normally, a feminine body is disrespected, but a Dalit feminine body is almost hated. ;��;>������z=�f��ot��D9Ļ�x�=�)� ������[�����^�T���c� �卦�n�˻#9�:��7�%����6�����G��Q���yKڦ�6�����K����{.�n�VS�C�za�.u͞B䨦tm�{��Y9�mBk��a��E��@��z� At my school, teachers used to ask who belonged to forward caste and who are Harijans? She was featured in the well-received documentary film SheWrite, which featured three other Tamil poets. When Priyanka, a Dalit woman was paraded around naked and murdered in the 2006 Khairlanji massacre, her picture surfaced all over the internet. There is a line in the poem Viduthalaiyin Pathaagai: At the top of the pole. Watch Queue Queue. How did your poetry progress over time? “I know English, but this is the language that runs in my blood, and I am also learning to assert myself in front of people,” she says with a soft smile. On this respect, Dalit feminism is different and important just as much. I could not sleep for a week after seeing that. If you’re a Dalit feminist you are damned even more. If we are the children of God, then whose children are the others? Sukirtharani requests at the beginning of the interview. As a Dalit, this is very important to me. She organised the poet’s protest in … Yes, that’s the crux of intersectionality. like a river in sudden flood. Love and sex are the same and even if they are not, the two desires emerge from the same body. Can anyone bring back those 15 years I have lost? Since her body is no longer pure, upper caste men decide that she’s unworthy of living anymore. endobj But a woman does not have a home – her own space on this earth. Many of her poems are taught in colleges across Tamil Nadu and have been translated into English, Malayalam, Kannada, Hindi and German. Women members of the Dalit community carry a portrait of B.R. We have to face internal conflicts with the men of our own class, who want to assert power over women. In the book Iravu Mirugam(animal of the night), you explore caste and Dalit identity through your body. Having recently returned from a fellowship in Germany, Sukirtharani did a candid interview in which she opened up about her childhood, her Dalit identity in poetry and the Dalit woman who are learning to fight back. x��W]��F}�_q�%T�&�V�Q*hA�-�B��ˍ�ƞ�=c�#����vW}�+�в^{|?�9���ً�٣�������!�_���-n�P�=X%��Z�R+���H��p����s��H�m�,��OE�K���l�%G���u&����?pQ77�v�p����>����̉�=7(zW뉊;)��4�5�{IaP�/��ܞv��_H�a���"����}S|W�i�(fW�f(�� ���v�S�w��3[Xx��#�~M�65T���c�2P�;k����L� ze���S/����J�"�o q�곱N�[4����)66Y���i���V� ����A"J� �}����~�R�d�����G� ��|��A�;N�y��Y������>�嵧K~�����v����Gi|�$�V�׾e�b9�?BW��]׳�?>9� books . She is currently working on a book on Dalit life. Dalit women’s bodies are especially subjected to routine violence. Nature’s fountainhead. My grandfather played parai (the musical instrument after which the Dalits in Tamil Nadu were named as Pariah) in events of the village. Tell me a little about your childhood and growing up as a daughter in a Dalit family. My poetry has never been packed with any sort of requests or begging anyone to do or not to do something. Interview: A Dalit Poet's Explorations Into Discrimination and the Female Body. About Pathinettu Vayathu. But if it is up against a Dalit family, female bodies are dragged into the violence, which is the most deplorable plight that still prevails. My 15 years of schooling was a dark time. For some, feminism may be about having the right to go to pubs and stay out late at nights. The first poem I wrote was about how the earth is round, but when I looked out of the window, I saw the world flailing and twitching and bending into shapes other than round. ,`��j�����KU:ԭ����]IP��6�5]���R�"1Q!����FxK]�@��2 The female body is never allowed to be in solitude, it is always defined by the man who possesses it, who makes love to it, or by whom it was born to. But what was the spark and how did the subjects of your poetry transform? Your physical and sensual awakening is juxtaposed with the assertion of your caste identity and reclamation of your history. 4 0 obj વીર નારી- શહીદની પત્નિની વ્યથા | Gujarati Inspirational story by Kirangi Desai | આજે મેજર અક્ષય ગિરીશને શહીદ થયે ત્રણ વર્ષ થયાં..નૈના માટે તેના "પાપા" આસમાનનો એ ... | StoryMirror But what is important is the common thread of women’s freedom that runs through. Be it Nirbhaya or Priyanka, both of them were seen more as female bodies than as female beings. For me, feminism is having the right to be able to step out of the house, and both are equally important. Shame turns into pride. Do Dalit women particularly go through a tumultuous relationship with feminism? I am not cursing all men, but some could not take it. As a child, I had no one to play with. At one point of my life, I was ashamed of my caste. It gave me an understanding of how it feels to be deprived of rights as a woman. I got a call one night from an unknown person. The much appreciated short film Kannadi Meen, was based on her poem Appavin Nyabagamaradhi. wind You can find such words in poems of Andal, Arunagirinaathar and Pattinaththaar; even more in Kamba Ramayanam, but it has never faced any backlash. So that awareness of caste at such a tender age must have hit you like a ton of bricks. At the top of the pole planted in my vagina the flag of our freedom shall fly painted in the colour of blood. Both my parents didn’t cross the primary level of education. My work is mainly about female emancipation and I also focus on the Dalit women. They are also from myriads of other people and places. If you’re feminist, you’re damned. Sorry to hear about your loss. I was gripped by fear. Was this the start? Buy tamil book வண்டிப் பாதை online, நாவல் குமாரகேசன், Buy tamil book Vandi Pathai online and authored by novel kumarakean, புதினங்கள், buy your favorite tamil books online ಶಿಕ್ಷಣ-ವ್ಯಕ್ತಿತ್ವ ವಿಕಸನ Feminism is supposed to be inclusive. You can never expect the same for a woman. But I couldn’t openly identify myself with that term. Where is the space for a woman if we only take after men? <>stream And it is the same for us women. 6 0 obj Your initial poems had the strong qualities of alliteration and assonance and gave the idea how nascent your writing is. We can never define feminism by one standard. Every experience of oppression was directly physical and the body carried it. We live in a society where if a woman, like Nirbhaya, goes out, we ask, “Why did she go out?” But no one would question a man. There was a poem I wrote that describes the female body akin to a piece of music. Tel: (91) 044 - 26618161 Fax: (91) 044 - 26618866. Vidyapati, in full Vidyapati Thakur, (born c. 1352, Bisapi, Madhubani, Bihar province [now in north-central Bihar state, northeastern India]—died 1448, Bisapi), Maithili Brahman writer and poet, known for his many erudite Sanskrit works and also for his erotic poetry written in the Maithili language.He was the first writer to use Maithili as a literary language. earth How has your personal relationship with feminism changed over time? First let me clarify one thing, all that we writers write are not based on our own experiences. <>>>/Contents 6 0 R/Parent 3 0 R>> Her awards include Thevamagal Kavithoovi Award, the Puthumaipitthan Memorial Award and the Women’s Achiever Award by the Pengal Munnani (Women’s Front). Human translations with examples: english, land pathiram, thai pathiram, kiraya pathiram, release of deed. We are always identified only through the male members of the family in our society. Most members of our society perceive feminism with scorn. I just write whatever has happened. How young were you when you had your first encounter with inequality? I call this body-politics. And if there’s space for Dalit writing, so why shouldn’t there be one for Dalit women, I thought. He said, “I also want to feel your body against mine.”. It was a collective experience of many Dalits. Watch Queue Queue “We thought her breasts would be big, but they seem to be small,” was a comment hurled over a prominent female poet of Tamil Nadu. The society censures female sexuality. If there is a dispute between the upper caste men over laying a road, they will fight it out amongst themselves and resolve. Everyone has a problem with using the words breasts or vagina. What did you really feel then? He was son of Ganapati. That is why I weave caste and body narratives together. I started reading a lot of translated poems, from Kamala Das and Taslima Nasreen to some African poets. All these questions evolved into poems later. 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Sukirtharani has six collections of poetry to her credit: Kaipattri Yen Kanavu Kel, Iravu Mirugam, Kaamatthipoo, Theendapadaatha Muttham, Avalai Mozhipeyarthal and Ippadikku Yeval. Triesten Technologies LLC, Westmoor Technology Park,10955 Westmoor Drive,Suite #4100, 4th Floor,Westminster, Colorado - 80021.USA. d�5 ~N���+���Qa�N,��րN�+�= My father protested and the panchayat called him and cast him out of the village. I will pour down. My father worked in EID Parry as a labourer. I have five siblings – three sisters and two brothers. A wellspring of ideas, thoughts and questions flowed, which metamorphosed into poems. But when it happens to women of lower castes, the treatment is always different as was in the case of Priyanka. My generation was the first to earn a degree. They were told, “Don’t talk to them, don’t encourage them and don’t share anything with them”. In order to process that fear, I started writing. I can never be hushed, I will still rise. Periyar WebVision, Periyar Thidal, 84/1(50), E.V.K.Sampath Salai,Vepery,Chennai - 600 007. Those days, children of such community were told not to mingle with the Dalit children. The village, where I am living is not my home; it is my father’s home. When I was studying in class 2, there was an incident that I can never forget. Listen to Pathinettu Vayathu online.Pathinettu Vayathu is a Tamil language song and is sung by S. P. Balasubrahmanyam and S. Janaki.Pathinettu Vayathu, from the album Surieyan, was released in the year 2014.The duration of the song is … Credit: PTI. We just have too many Dalit male voices in literature. The more you confine me, the more I will spill over That’s where the idea of feminism kicked off. A woman’s body is being portrayed as a sacred thing, as a synonym of purity. Many of Sukirtharani’s poems are being taught in colleges in Tamil Nadu. Masturbation is a release and a challenge to a power that says women should never do it. Viduthalaiyin Pathaagai by Sukirtharani. For me, caste identity and the female body are closely intertwined. Please don’t jump to conclusions and assumptions. As my father was working at Parry’s in Ranipet, it didn’t affect him. “Can we do this in Tamil please?” Sukirtharani requests at the beginning of the interview. We need to understand that the feminism in New Delhi is not the same as in Kanyakumari. We’ve been taught to think that way. I never understood caste as a child and didn’t have the maturity to deal with it, I was confused then. They advised us to curtail our voice and protests. So I realised that finding my own voice will take some time. They both went through the same kind of barbarism. Those words were so common in early Tamil literatures of last centuries. I didn’t feel like writing about love or romance initially; only social issues pervaded my poetry. 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If all the women who are suppressed are treated equally, I wouldn’t make that Dalit distinction in my feminism or literature. Now I am free. �.F��K��`�4.�r�Ν That was the form of literature I fell in love with. Not all my writings are my own experiences; they are every other woman’s or Dalit woman’s experiences. %PDF-1.4 U���9g� ��=�����a\�8����3��}��q���8#|����]��J 2��*3,Ӣi;J! Bharathi has written about a child drinking milk from a mother’s breast. and hang me on your wall It is only in the last 2000 years that purity and sexuality have been linked, where purity is female and sexuality is male. When I gave it to her, she tossed my hand away. If I bear a child, I can’t say it is mine, it is my husband’s heir. I am from a village called Lalapet in Vellore district of Tamil Nadu. 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For her, the recognition of Dalit literature and writers in recent times has brought her out of her shell, and provided a sense of comfort in herself and her work. planted in my vagina. endstream Where is my mother’s home? x��KO�0���sS�}���|�u�F�u�²���ooymLijBR���?3�i�ѥD>��s� b� �0��[,���O�(Y�'�P?��na���*���1� I actually wrote the poem when I was 25. If I tell my family about the abuse I am getting, they’ll just tell me to stop writing. That was how they took shape and the need to express arose. The poems of Kutty Revathi (a Tamil feminist poet) have inspired me. This video is unavailable. <>>>/Contents 2 0 R/Parent 3 0 R>> How were you able to do so? It’s the past now; I overcame my caste identity at one point. This ideology is rubbish. Contextual translation of "viduthalai pathiram" into English. Phone : 916 719 6150 / 303 379 1280 Fax: 303 379 2100 Email: support@nannool.com But time wasn’t as cruel as it used to be when I was young. Vidyapati Thakur(1352 - 1448) Vidyapati Thakur, also known by the sobriquet Maithil Kavi Kokil (the poet cuckoo of Maithili) was a Maithili poet and a Sanskrit writer. When one Rohith Vemula dies, there will be another Rohith in the form of a Kanhaiya Kumar or a Jignesh Mevani. There were even demonstrations against us. I confide in my friends and fellow writers. The state of women in any house is no different from the society. The men belonging to the upper caste are the next challenge, because they feel they have the right to assert their power even more. In 2009, she organised a poets’ protest against the violence against Tamils in Sri Lanka, which saw participation by many poets. “She only writes about the vagina, she only writes vulgar poetry,” we faced a lot of backlash. They spoke in innuendoes, ostracising us for writing about feminism. endstream This is something that has happened to some prominent female poets too. Compared to the pain upper caste women undergo, in my opinion, Dalit women go through worse. It is only laced externally with personal experiences. 2 0 obj We’re in rough agreement about how much spending can be cut responsibly as a first step toward reducing our deficit. water The feminism in Lalapet is different from that of Kanyakumari. At that moment I was both confused and hurt, and found out much later why she behaved so. *�k(��A��a�OU��QE� ��q��5����V�Z��(��[ԖNy��ۤ�G�/_�;]*z�h��X|�c4J�TD�{ endobj Tamil Dalit feminist poet Sukirtharani opens up about her childhood, her Dalit identity in poetry and the Dalit women's resistance. It was a man’s voice. <>stream Do you feel a woman’s body, which has been and still is monolithically viewed as a labouring body, is liberated through the sensuality in your poetry? There is a line in the poem Viduthalaiyin Pathaagai: Rohith Vemula is an icon. You map Dalit history using the female body. Was that shame something you had to carefully clutch on to out of fear? But when it comes to women, they are immediately cast out. away past you My language of feminism is different from yours. It’s as simple as that. Memorial Overview published by Krishnapillai Pathmavanitha (வவா) - RIPBook As a Dalit feminist, do you feel it’s important to raise your voice because we don’t have enough of them? I personally think that problems of Dalit women are different from the women of other castes. When we called some of the women writers, everyone was too scared to come forward. In festivals or funerals, parai is an important part of the rituals. subscribe. That could have happened to me. When the two lyricists made a verbal attack on feminist poets, my family did not support me. �6���z F5�Ĩ��y�Ȁ;8�A������nj�]nx��wz�[_+K����ۖ��qJo�?H Jn5��S'�W�*]F������a�rx�@����)���� ͋�*mـ�`&RT_#�xw,,ǟ�v}�/?��8��)����)������v��߁ According to me, there is nothing called sanctity; nothing is sacred or pure. I pray to God to give you and your family the strength to cope up with this Tough time, May her soul rest in peace. It is quite normal for a man to flaunt his sexuality, but a woman can never do so: if she does, it is said to be a sin. So your family couldn’t be trusted with understanding your work? Normally, a feminine body is disrespected, but a Dalit feminine body is almost hated. ;��;>������z=�f��ot��D9Ļ�x�=�)� ������[�����^�T���c� �卦�n�˻#9�:��7�%����6�����G��Q���yKڦ�6�����K����{.�n�VS�C�za�.u͞B䨦tm�{��Y9�mBk��a��E��@��z� At my school, teachers used to ask who belonged to forward caste and who are Harijans? She was featured in the well-received documentary film SheWrite, which featured three other Tamil poets. When Priyanka, a Dalit woman was paraded around naked and murdered in the 2006 Khairlanji massacre, her picture surfaced all over the internet. There is a line in the poem Viduthalaiyin Pathaagai: At the top of the pole. Watch Queue Queue. How did your poetry progress over time? “I know English, but this is the language that runs in my blood, and I am also learning to assert myself in front of people,” she says with a soft smile. On this respect, Dalit feminism is different and important just as much. I could not sleep for a week after seeing that. If you’re a Dalit feminist you are damned even more. If we are the children of God, then whose children are the others? Sukirtharani requests at the beginning of the interview. As a Dalit, this is very important to me. She organised the poet’s protest in … Yes, that’s the crux of intersectionality. like a river in sudden flood. Love and sex are the same and even if they are not, the two desires emerge from the same body. Can anyone bring back those 15 years I have lost? Since her body is no longer pure, upper caste men decide that she’s unworthy of living anymore. endobj But a woman does not have a home – her own space on this earth. Many of her poems are taught in colleges across Tamil Nadu and have been translated into English, Malayalam, Kannada, Hindi and German. Women members of the Dalit community carry a portrait of B.R. We have to face internal conflicts with the men of our own class, who want to assert power over women. In the book Iravu Mirugam(animal of the night), you explore caste and Dalit identity through your body. Having recently returned from a fellowship in Germany, Sukirtharani did a candid interview in which she opened up about her childhood, her Dalit identity in poetry and the Dalit woman who are learning to fight back. x��W]��F}�_q�%T�&�V�Q*hA�-�B��ˍ�ƞ�=c�#����vW}�+�в^{|?�9���ً�٣�������!�_���-n�P�=X%��Z�R+���H��p����s��H�m�,��OE�K���l�%G���u&����?pQ77�v�p����>����̉�=7(zW뉊;)��4�5�{IaP�/��ܞv��_H�a���"����}S|W�i�(fW�f(�� ���v�S�w��3[Xx��#�~M�65T���c�2P�;k����L� ze���S/����J�"�o q�곱N�[4����)66Y���i���V� ����A"J� �}����~�R�d�����G� ��|��A�;N�y��Y������>�嵧K~�����v����Gi|�$�V�׾e�b9�?BW��]׳�?>9� books . She is currently working on a book on Dalit life. Dalit women’s bodies are especially subjected to routine violence. Nature’s fountainhead. My grandfather played parai (the musical instrument after which the Dalits in Tamil Nadu were named as Pariah) in events of the village. Tell me a little about your childhood and growing up as a daughter in a Dalit family. My poetry has never been packed with any sort of requests or begging anyone to do or not to do something. Interview: A Dalit Poet's Explorations Into Discrimination and the Female Body. About Pathinettu Vayathu. But if it is up against a Dalit family, female bodies are dragged into the violence, which is the most deplorable plight that still prevails. My 15 years of schooling was a dark time. For some, feminism may be about having the right to go to pubs and stay out late at nights. The first poem I wrote was about how the earth is round, but when I looked out of the window, I saw the world flailing and twitching and bending into shapes other than round. ,`��j�����KU:ԭ����]IP��6�5]���R�"1Q!����FxK]�@��2 The female body is never allowed to be in solitude, it is always defined by the man who possesses it, who makes love to it, or by whom it was born to. But what was the spark and how did the subjects of your poetry transform? Your physical and sensual awakening is juxtaposed with the assertion of your caste identity and reclamation of your history. 4 0 obj વીર નારી- શહીદની પત્નિની વ્યથા | Gujarati Inspirational story by Kirangi Desai | આજે મેજર અક્ષય ગિરીશને શહીદ થયે ત્રણ વર્ષ થયાં..નૈના માટે તેના "પાપા" આસમાનનો એ ... | StoryMirror But what is important is the common thread of women’s freedom that runs through. Be it Nirbhaya or Priyanka, both of them were seen more as female bodies than as female beings. For me, feminism is having the right to be able to step out of the house, and both are equally important. Shame turns into pride. Do Dalit women particularly go through a tumultuous relationship with feminism? I am not cursing all men, but some could not take it. As a child, I had no one to play with. At one point of my life, I was ashamed of my caste. It gave me an understanding of how it feels to be deprived of rights as a woman. I got a call one night from an unknown person. The much appreciated short film Kannadi Meen, was based on her poem Appavin Nyabagamaradhi. wind You can find such words in poems of Andal, Arunagirinaathar and Pattinaththaar; even more in Kamba Ramayanam, but it has never faced any backlash. So that awareness of caste at such a tender age must have hit you like a ton of bricks. At the top of the pole planted in my vagina the flag of our freedom shall fly painted in the colour of blood. Both my parents didn’t cross the primary level of education. My work is mainly about female emancipation and I also focus on the Dalit women. They are also from myriads of other people and places. If you’re feminist, you’re damned. Sorry to hear about your loss. I was gripped by fear. Was this the start? Buy tamil book வண்டிப் பாதை online, நாவல் குமாரகேசன், Buy tamil book Vandi Pathai online and authored by novel kumarakean, புதினங்கள், buy your favorite tamil books online ಶಿಕ್ಷಣ-ವ್ಯಕ್ತಿತ್ವ ವಿಕಸನ Feminism is supposed to be inclusive. You can never expect the same for a woman. But I couldn’t openly identify myself with that term. Where is the space for a woman if we only take after men? <>stream And it is the same for us women. 6 0 obj Your initial poems had the strong qualities of alliteration and assonance and gave the idea how nascent your writing is. We can never define feminism by one standard. Every experience of oppression was directly physical and the body carried it. We live in a society where if a woman, like Nirbhaya, goes out, we ask, “Why did she go out?” But no one would question a man. There was a poem I wrote that describes the female body akin to a piece of music. Tel: (91) 044 - 26618161 Fax: (91) 044 - 26618866. Vidyapati, in full Vidyapati Thakur, (born c. 1352, Bisapi, Madhubani, Bihar province [now in north-central Bihar state, northeastern India]—died 1448, Bisapi), Maithili Brahman writer and poet, known for his many erudite Sanskrit works and also for his erotic poetry written in the Maithili language.He was the first writer to use Maithili as a literary language. earth How has your personal relationship with feminism changed over time? First let me clarify one thing, all that we writers write are not based on our own experiences. <>>>/Contents 6 0 R/Parent 3 0 R>> Her awards include Thevamagal Kavithoovi Award, the Puthumaipitthan Memorial Award and the Women’s Achiever Award by the Pengal Munnani (Women’s Front). Human translations with examples: english, land pathiram, thai pathiram, kiraya pathiram, release of deed. We are always identified only through the male members of the family in our society. Most members of our society perceive feminism with scorn. I just write whatever has happened. How young were you when you had your first encounter with inequality? I call this body-politics. And if there’s space for Dalit writing, so why shouldn’t there be one for Dalit women, I thought. He said, “I also want to feel your body against mine.”. It was a collective experience of many Dalits. Watch Queue Queue “We thought her breasts would be big, but they seem to be small,” was a comment hurled over a prominent female poet of Tamil Nadu. The society censures female sexuality. If there is a dispute between the upper caste men over laying a road, they will fight it out amongst themselves and resolve. Everyone has a problem with using the words breasts or vagina. What did you really feel then? He was son of Ganapati. That is why I weave caste and body narratives together. I started reading a lot of translated poems, from Kamala Das and Taslima Nasreen to some African poets. All these questions evolved into poems later. 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He was born in the village of Bishphi in Madhubani district of Bihar state, India. %���� I grew up in one of the ten Dalit families of the area. Despite that, I wanted to write about it more. I wanted to return her kindness so I bought her a sweet the next day. It was my first experience of prejudice. The idea of the family providing security or shielding you from the world’s criticisms exists only for men. For example, caste and virginity of a woman are closely connected. It is simply a biological feeling. What were the subjects that interested you? Ⴗ�.�=��*1��I�!U)4� �F�V��ѕRF��up�;^��D@.ץ6 M��X���0(u����a�^5�YB��V"�0d+���b�2������q@� eu�)���1�eK&�GR�dL�dp��1�7P��J%Lp��*��d?�e����^I��S�� We are all in the shackles of caste. In the poem Yen Udal (my body), it is like a discovery that after violence and risk, there is peace in the end, like the calm after a storm. A girl in my class gave me a coconut candy. It still hurts me. My mother’s village is her father’s village. Now, keep in mind, this is not a situation where the two parties are miles apart. In one of your popular untitled poems, you talk about how it was shameful to bring up your father’s occupation as a pariah labour as a child and how you would say to your friends that the leftover rice from your alms was fresh rice to hide your caste identity. ಲಹರಿ ಬುದ್ದಿ ಪ್ರಚಾರ ಯೋಜನೆಯಡಿ ಪ್ರಕಟವಾದ ವ್ಯಕ. Yes, there weren’t many poems about it, nor did people read such writings in the 1990s. I wrote short poems in which I could convey how I feel, instead of reams of pages of stories. Not really. I was proud to be a Dalit and that happened during my college years. Actually, the body of a woman is similar to the world because both of them create. 7 0 obj <>stream Having long shed her garb of quiet subservience and now articulating what male poets call “too bold”, Sukirtharani is no longer closeted about her freedom. I myself will become Your body is used as a way to express the violence over your caste – for every caste slur thrown around; there is a physical manifestation on the Dalit body of pain. endobj Every year one person would be chosen to perform the task of playing parai, which he should oblige. A woman’s space is only a space when it is connected to a man’s space. It’s one of my most favourite poems. Sukirtharani has six collections of poetry to her credit: Kaipattri Yen Kanavu Kel, Iravu Mirugam, Kaamatthipoo, Theendapadaatha Muttham, Avalai Mozhipeyarthal and Ippadikku Yeval. Triesten Technologies LLC, Westmoor Technology Park,10955 Westmoor Drive,Suite #4100, 4th Floor,Westminster, Colorado - 80021.USA. d�5 ~N���+���Qa�N,��րN�+�= My father protested and the panchayat called him and cast him out of the village. I will pour down. My father worked in EID Parry as a labourer. I have five siblings – three sisters and two brothers. A wellspring of ideas, thoughts and questions flowed, which metamorphosed into poems. But when it happens to women of lower castes, the treatment is always different as was in the case of Priyanka. My generation was the first to earn a degree. They were told, “Don’t talk to them, don’t encourage them and don’t share anything with them”. In order to process that fear, I started writing. I can never be hushed, I will still rise. Periyar WebVision, Periyar Thidal, 84/1(50), E.V.K.Sampath Salai,Vepery,Chennai - 600 007. Those days, children of such community were told not to mingle with the Dalit children. The village, where I am living is not my home; it is my father’s home. When I was studying in class 2, there was an incident that I can never forget. Listen to Pathinettu Vayathu online.Pathinettu Vayathu is a Tamil language song and is sung by S. P. Balasubrahmanyam and S. Janaki.Pathinettu Vayathu, from the album Surieyan, was released in the year 2014.The duration of the song is … Credit: PTI. We just have too many Dalit male voices in literature. The more you confine me, the more I will spill over That’s where the idea of feminism kicked off. A woman’s body is being portrayed as a sacred thing, as a synonym of purity. Many of Sukirtharani’s poems are being taught in colleges in Tamil Nadu. Masturbation is a release and a challenge to a power that says women should never do it. Viduthalaiyin Pathaagai by Sukirtharani. For me, caste identity and the female body are closely intertwined. Please don’t jump to conclusions and assumptions. As my father was working at Parry’s in Ranipet, it didn’t affect him. “Can we do this in Tamil please?” Sukirtharani requests at the beginning of the interview. We need to understand that the feminism in New Delhi is not the same as in Kanyakumari. We’ve been taught to think that way. I never understood caste as a child and didn’t have the maturity to deal with it, I was confused then. They advised us to curtail our voice and protests. So I realised that finding my own voice will take some time. They both went through the same kind of barbarism. Those words were so common in early Tamil literatures of last centuries. I didn’t feel like writing about love or romance initially; only social issues pervaded my poetry. E/3 ǰ-Tn� M��j����Y��Z4���c%���鶪�3��/6p��|d�Zx7g�{�o1r�x�;���jb ~���m��4��T��$[TC!�g���jS*C�"��E�Sa����ą�S�������z#��}a� When a woman is raped or when a Dalit boy elopes and marries a girl from a different caste, the girl is considered impure, not the boy. They came to my rescue during such issues. ��C|6q�u�Km:(�ވB�p�)i�}�w�ZvVy�M�� ��E]K���Ԟ�in�þ�L�(c�e��8�sH�a��� It’s an unaffordable luxury especially for the ones that talk about body politics, feminism and Dalit identity. sky Ambedkar as they block the traffic during a protest in Ahmedabad against the assault on Dalit members by cow protectors in Rajkot district, Gujarat. Fifteen years later, I became a teacher in a school near Ranipet and one fine day visited my school and the classroom I studied in. But is that hope the same for Dalit women? Even in the past, lyricists like Palani Barathi and Snehan launched an attack on feminist poets. If all the women who are suppressed are treated equally, I wouldn’t make that Dalit distinction in my feminism or literature. Now I am free. �.F��K��`�4.�r�Ν That was the form of literature I fell in love with. Not all my writings are my own experiences; they are every other woman’s or Dalit woman’s experiences. %PDF-1.4 U���9g� ��=�����a\�8����3��}��q���8#|����]��J 2��*3,Ӣi;J! Bharathi has written about a child drinking milk from a mother’s breast. and hang me on your wall It is only in the last 2000 years that purity and sexuality have been linked, where purity is female and sexuality is male. When I gave it to her, she tossed my hand away. If I bear a child, I can’t say it is mine, it is my husband’s heir. I am from a village called Lalapet in Vellore district of Tamil Nadu. Did you embark on shedding the skin of shame with this poem? fire endobj i���e8pa���4"�Q{�%��c+k��׉W�u����߃IDž(� N�*��:���L����Ϣx���Ի�V����0D�k+R�}T"�jupEXY|�;��J1����/���j�8=��p����b��� �[�:Ƥ�Lp�ٴ'��.�·Z� �V���Ll`k����.��R�V����n�&��NݠlPYY��^�o���-eƥP\ۙD@�Uu�3�J�VQ�:�Z{��w�B� b��A�u~��� zD��0�6�J���Ğ����6�4u� R-��g�QA������y�5����ʉ�}P�LS��D��)�� L��᭤�#WC���ZxR9PҴ&Bk�}�K��0�G�@T �0�p؏���a�p��^�.z�� /�jZ�����!��V��"A��P䬆�H€��K����&12��>�mi:%�������+�c���w�o����[��Ղ��;Og�t�t1;��5�����{2�y�Y����H��>9o x��W�n�F}�W�[m@V,�N�47ub$��M^�2��F�]fw)F���n��R�S�QA�\��̙3�/�����)],t[LN�d�T.]�i~A�����t��z^��}�Ŗ[��nk^w��h��|A'4? You may frame me, like a picture 9�.��n����˚QX�L7��N�0Y*�ѧ#|)�����]G�U�;l��#��M���T9-� h��tz*W�-N��َI4[�Rv If I am in this alone, I cannot expect my family to do so. We have been instilled with such ideas. For her, the recognition of Dalit literature and writers in recent times has brought her out of her shell, and provided a sense of comfort in herself and her work. planted in my vagina. endstream Where is my mother’s home? x��KO�0���sS�}���|�u�F�u�²���ooymLijBR���?3�i�ѥD>��s� b� �0��[,���O�(Y�'�P?��na���*���1� I actually wrote the poem when I was 25. If I tell my family about the abuse I am getting, they’ll just tell me to stop writing. That was how they took shape and the need to express arose. The poems of Kutty Revathi (a Tamil feminist poet) have inspired me. This video is unavailable. <>>>/Contents 2 0 R/Parent 3 0 R>> How were you able to do so? It’s the past now; I overcame my caste identity at one point. This ideology is rubbish. Contextual translation of "viduthalai pathiram" into English. Phone : 916 719 6150 / 303 379 1280 Fax: 303 379 2100 Email: support@nannool.com But time wasn’t as cruel as it used to be when I was young. Vidyapati Thakur(1352 - 1448) Vidyapati Thakur, also known by the sobriquet Maithil Kavi Kokil (the poet cuckoo of Maithili) was a Maithili poet and a Sanskrit writer. When one Rohith Vemula dies, there will be another Rohith in the form of a Kanhaiya Kumar or a Jignesh Mevani. There were even demonstrations against us. I confide in my friends and fellow writers. The state of women in any house is no different from the society. The men belonging to the upper caste are the next challenge, because they feel they have the right to assert their power even more. In 2009, she organised a poets’ protest against the violence against Tamils in Sri Lanka, which saw participation by many poets. “She only writes about the vagina, she only writes vulgar poetry,” we faced a lot of backlash. They spoke in innuendoes, ostracising us for writing about feminism. endstream This is something that has happened to some prominent female poets too. Compared to the pain upper caste women undergo, in my opinion, Dalit women go through worse. It is only laced externally with personal experiences. 2 0 obj We’re in rough agreement about how much spending can be cut responsibly as a first step toward reducing our deficit. water The feminism in Lalapet is different from that of Kanyakumari. At that moment I was both confused and hurt, and found out much later why she behaved so. *�k(��A��a�OU��QE� ��q��5����V�Z��(��[ԖNy��ۤ�G�/_�;]*z�h��X|�c4J�TD�{ endobj Tamil Dalit feminist poet Sukirtharani opens up about her childhood, her Dalit identity in poetry and the Dalit women's resistance. It was a man’s voice. <>stream Do you feel a woman’s body, which has been and still is monolithically viewed as a labouring body, is liberated through the sensuality in your poetry? There is a line in the poem Viduthalaiyin Pathaagai: Rohith Vemula is an icon. You map Dalit history using the female body. Was that shame something you had to carefully clutch on to out of fear? But when it comes to women, they are immediately cast out. away past you My language of feminism is different from yours. It’s as simple as that. Memorial Overview published by Krishnapillai Pathmavanitha (வவா) - RIPBook As a Dalit feminist, do you feel it’s important to raise your voice because we don’t have enough of them? I personally think that problems of Dalit women are different from the women of other castes. When we called some of the women writers, everyone was too scared to come forward. In festivals or funerals, parai is an important part of the rituals. subscribe. That could have happened to me. When the two lyricists made a verbal attack on feminist poets, my family did not support me. �6���z F5�Ĩ��y�Ȁ;8�A������nj�]nx��wz�[_+K����ۖ��qJo�?H Jn5��S'�W�*]F������a�rx�@����)���� ͋�*mـ�`&RT_#�xw,,ǟ�v}�/?��8��)����)������v��߁ According to me, there is nothing called sanctity; nothing is sacred or pure. I pray to God to give you and your family the strength to cope up with this Tough time, May her soul rest in peace. It is quite normal for a man to flaunt his sexuality, but a woman can never do so: if she does, it is said to be a sin. So your family couldn’t be trusted with understanding your work? Normally, a feminine body is disrespected, but a Dalit feminine body is almost hated. ;��;>������z=�f��ot��D9Ļ�x�=�)� ������[�����^�T���c� �卦�n�˻#9�:��7�%����6�����G��Q���yKڦ�6�����K����{.�n�VS�C�za�.u͞B䨦tm�{��Y9�mBk��a��E��@��z� At my school, teachers used to ask who belonged to forward caste and who are Harijans? She was featured in the well-received documentary film SheWrite, which featured three other Tamil poets. When Priyanka, a Dalit woman was paraded around naked and murdered in the 2006 Khairlanji massacre, her picture surfaced all over the internet. There is a line in the poem Viduthalaiyin Pathaagai: At the top of the pole. Watch Queue Queue. How did your poetry progress over time? “I know English, but this is the language that runs in my blood, and I am also learning to assert myself in front of people,” she says with a soft smile. On this respect, Dalit feminism is different and important just as much. I could not sleep for a week after seeing that. If you’re a Dalit feminist you are damned even more. If we are the children of God, then whose children are the others? Sukirtharani requests at the beginning of the interview. As a Dalit, this is very important to me. She organised the poet’s protest in … Yes, that’s the crux of intersectionality. like a river in sudden flood. Love and sex are the same and even if they are not, the two desires emerge from the same body. Can anyone bring back those 15 years I have lost? Since her body is no longer pure, upper caste men decide that she’s unworthy of living anymore. endobj But a woman does not have a home – her own space on this earth. Many of her poems are taught in colleges across Tamil Nadu and have been translated into English, Malayalam, Kannada, Hindi and German. Women members of the Dalit community carry a portrait of B.R. We have to face internal conflicts with the men of our own class, who want to assert power over women. In the book Iravu Mirugam(animal of the night), you explore caste and Dalit identity through your body. Having recently returned from a fellowship in Germany, Sukirtharani did a candid interview in which she opened up about her childhood, her Dalit identity in poetry and the Dalit woman who are learning to fight back. x��W]��F}�_q�%T�&�V�Q*hA�-�B��ˍ�ƞ�=c�#����vW}�+�в^{|?�9���ً�٣�������!�_���-n�P�=X%��Z�R+���H��p����s��H�m�,��OE�K���l�%G���u&����?pQ77�v�p����>����̉�=7(zW뉊;)��4�5�{IaP�/��ܞv��_H�a���"����}S|W�i�(fW�f(�� ���v�S�w��3[Xx��#�~M�65T���c�2P�;k����L� ze���S/����J�"�o q�곱N�[4����)66Y���i���V� ����A"J� �}����~�R�d�����G� ��|��A�;N�y��Y������>�嵧K~�����v����Gi|�$�V�׾e�b9�?BW��]׳�?>9� books . She is currently working on a book on Dalit life. Dalit women’s bodies are especially subjected to routine violence. Nature’s fountainhead. My grandfather played parai (the musical instrument after which the Dalits in Tamil Nadu were named as Pariah) in events of the village. Tell me a little about your childhood and growing up as a daughter in a Dalit family. My poetry has never been packed with any sort of requests or begging anyone to do or not to do something. Interview: A Dalit Poet's Explorations Into Discrimination and the Female Body. About Pathinettu Vayathu. But if it is up against a Dalit family, female bodies are dragged into the violence, which is the most deplorable plight that still prevails. My 15 years of schooling was a dark time. For some, feminism may be about having the right to go to pubs and stay out late at nights. The first poem I wrote was about how the earth is round, but when I looked out of the window, I saw the world flailing and twitching and bending into shapes other than round. ,`��j�����KU:ԭ����]IP��6�5]���R�"1Q!����FxK]�@��2 The female body is never allowed to be in solitude, it is always defined by the man who possesses it, who makes love to it, or by whom it was born to. But what was the spark and how did the subjects of your poetry transform? Your physical and sensual awakening is juxtaposed with the assertion of your caste identity and reclamation of your history. 4 0 obj વીર નારી- શહીદની પત્નિની વ્યથા | Gujarati Inspirational story by Kirangi Desai | આજે મેજર અક્ષય ગિરીશને શહીદ થયે ત્રણ વર્ષ થયાં..નૈના માટે તેના "પાપા" આસમાનનો એ ... | StoryMirror But what is important is the common thread of women’s freedom that runs through. Be it Nirbhaya or Priyanka, both of them were seen more as female bodies than as female beings. For me, feminism is having the right to be able to step out of the house, and both are equally important. Shame turns into pride. Do Dalit women particularly go through a tumultuous relationship with feminism? I am not cursing all men, but some could not take it. As a child, I had no one to play with. At one point of my life, I was ashamed of my caste. It gave me an understanding of how it feels to be deprived of rights as a woman. I got a call one night from an unknown person. The much appreciated short film Kannadi Meen, was based on her poem Appavin Nyabagamaradhi. wind You can find such words in poems of Andal, Arunagirinaathar and Pattinaththaar; even more in Kamba Ramayanam, but it has never faced any backlash. So that awareness of caste at such a tender age must have hit you like a ton of bricks. At the top of the pole planted in my vagina the flag of our freedom shall fly painted in the colour of blood. Both my parents didn’t cross the primary level of education. My work is mainly about female emancipation and I also focus on the Dalit women. They are also from myriads of other people and places. If you’re feminist, you’re damned. Sorry to hear about your loss. I was gripped by fear. Was this the start? Buy tamil book வண்டிப் பாதை online, நாவல் குமாரகேசன், Buy tamil book Vandi Pathai online and authored by novel kumarakean, புதினங்கள், buy your favorite tamil books online ಶಿಕ್ಷಣ-ವ್ಯಕ್ತಿತ್ವ ವಿಕಸನ Feminism is supposed to be inclusive. You can never expect the same for a woman. But I couldn’t openly identify myself with that term. Where is the space for a woman if we only take after men? <>stream And it is the same for us women. 6 0 obj Your initial poems had the strong qualities of alliteration and assonance and gave the idea how nascent your writing is. We can never define feminism by one standard. Every experience of oppression was directly physical and the body carried it. We live in a society where if a woman, like Nirbhaya, goes out, we ask, “Why did she go out?” But no one would question a man. There was a poem I wrote that describes the female body akin to a piece of music. Tel: (91) 044 - 26618161 Fax: (91) 044 - 26618866. Vidyapati, in full Vidyapati Thakur, (born c. 1352, Bisapi, Madhubani, Bihar province [now in north-central Bihar state, northeastern India]—died 1448, Bisapi), Maithili Brahman writer and poet, known for his many erudite Sanskrit works and also for his erotic poetry written in the Maithili language.He was the first writer to use Maithili as a literary language. earth How has your personal relationship with feminism changed over time? First let me clarify one thing, all that we writers write are not based on our own experiences. <>>>/Contents 6 0 R/Parent 3 0 R>> Her awards include Thevamagal Kavithoovi Award, the Puthumaipitthan Memorial Award and the Women’s Achiever Award by the Pengal Munnani (Women’s Front). Human translations with examples: english, land pathiram, thai pathiram, kiraya pathiram, release of deed. We are always identified only through the male members of the family in our society. Most members of our society perceive feminism with scorn. I just write whatever has happened. How young were you when you had your first encounter with inequality? I call this body-politics. And if there’s space for Dalit writing, so why shouldn’t there be one for Dalit women, I thought. He said, “I also want to feel your body against mine.”. It was a collective experience of many Dalits. Watch Queue Queue “We thought her breasts would be big, but they seem to be small,” was a comment hurled over a prominent female poet of Tamil Nadu. The society censures female sexuality. If there is a dispute between the upper caste men over laying a road, they will fight it out amongst themselves and resolve. Everyone has a problem with using the words breasts or vagina. What did you really feel then? He was son of Ganapati. That is why I weave caste and body narratives together. I started reading a lot of translated poems, from Kamala Das and Taslima Nasreen to some African poets. All these questions evolved into poems later. 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