Thursday, March 25, 2010

Bengal students rediscover feminist icon

Over 100 years after she had sowed the seeds of learning among the Muslim women of Bengal, the life and literature of the lost icon — Begum Rokeya Sakhawat — is once again creating ripples in the academic and cultural circles, courtesy a trio of young British theatre students.

Currently on a tour of Bengal, the students of London’s Rose Bruford College — Alia Ruth Wilson, Claudia Haley and R M Leaver — are screening the recordings of a play titled “Rokeya’s Dream” — based on her satire, A Sultan’s Dream — in different universities across the state.

Their interest in Rokeya was generated after they attended a series of lectures of Shaheen Chowdhury of Westcombe Mahila Sangha, a Bangladeshi Women’s group of south East London, in which she talked about the life and works of the Begum.

Full report here Indian Express

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