Time to Rethink Beauty & Bollywood Lyrics: 9 Things to Learn from Kamla Bhasin

Kamla Bhasin

Believing in a form of advocacy that combines feminist theory and community action, she is best known for her work with the feminist network Sangat.

Not long ago, we had a chance to interview development feminist activist, poet, author, and social scientist, Kamla Bhasin—and while it was every bit as insightful and inspiring as we had imagined, it was also a lot of fun.


We’ve never seen someone break down activism, feminism, and patriarchy in a way that is both serious and funny at the same time. Here are some of our favourite snippets from the conversation.

1.  On listening to the communities she works with | 1 min

2. On the importance of being a part of the larger movement | 30 secs

3. On feminism | 1.5 mins

4. On why popular notions of beauty don’t help anyone | 45 secs

5. On Bollywood lyrics | 1 min

6. On gender as perspective, not a subject | 45 secs

7. On the T.I.N.A. syndrome | 1 min

8. On starting to create change in our homes | 1 min

9. On dismantling patriarchy | 30 secs

If you’d like to more about our conversation, you can read it here.

(By Rachita Vora and Devanshi Vaid)

About the authors: 

Rachita is Co-founder and Director at IDR. Before this, she led the Dasra Girl Alliance, a Rs 250 crore multi-stakeholder platform that sought to empower adolescent girls in India. She has a decade of experience, and has spent the past eight years working in financial inclusion, livelihoods and public health.

Devanshi is Co-founder and Director at IDR. Prior to this, she worked at Dasra, a strategic philanthropy foundation. As a part of the advisory research team, she conceptualised, planned and implemented their first comprehensive dissemination strategy.

This article was originally published on India Development Review (IDR). You can view it here.

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