We often hear the phrase "storming the male bastions" and we think of women who have become pilots or bus drivers or served in the army or occupied top positions.
However there are many more fields where it is taboo for woman to enter. Here is the story of a woman who had literally taken the singing world by storm and has been awarded the BBC 100 WOMEN 2020. So what is so special about this young woman?
Meet the wonderful ISAIVANI who is the first professional woman "Gaana" singer in the world. Gaana is a unique singing art form hitherto practiced only by men. Gaana is the Indian equivalent of rap. It is a mix of words, song and rhythm. Most of them convey pain and agony of the oppressed. They have a message and their tunes very catchy and the language is colloquial.
While this art form itself has faced trials and tribulations and has taken a lot to enter mainstream music, the fact that a woman has also joined the fray is something simply unimaginable
She is a part of a music band called "casteless collective". She has performed several stage shows with them. They are guided by the principles and teachings or Babasaheb Ambedkar and Periyar E V Ramaswamy. Their songs are peppy and hard hitting and have a political message.
December is the month where Chennai is abuzz with carnatic music. This year this band along with others took the world by surprise by organising a parallel music festival with art forms and instruments that are not played traditionally in music festivals.
And we thought discrimination is only for humans..it exists with musical instruments and art forms too!
A big salute to the highly talented singer ISAIVANI. Her personality is as overpowering as her voice. May her tribe increase.
THE TRIALBLAZER CUCKOO
Is there anything I cannot do? I rise more when you subdue Nothing is ever a taboo, Our fight we will continue.
Too long we have been quiet, Now it is time to articulate, Every effort seems inadequate, We dont mind causing a quiet riot.
Why is there so much malice? Cant we live without prejudice? We have now got our voice We wont stop till we get justice.
How best do you describe a quality such as dedication? Very simple, give an example of supreme dedication to one's purpose.
This is the story of the winner of the Global Teacher Prize - 2020 announced on 3rd December 2020. His name is RANJITSINH DISALE.
Ranjitsinh Disale is a teacher in the Zilla Parishad Primary school, Paritewadi, Solapur, Maharashtra. The prize money is 1million USD which is approximately 7 crore Indian rupees. He has shared it with the 9 other runners up because he felt that it will motivate them to achieve more. He has plans to invest his prize money in making more improvements for his school.
The achievements of this dedicated teacher are so many to list. To begin with after he took over, the attendance has been consistently 100%. His brilliant idea of adding QR codes to primary category books so that his students can get links to audio poems, video lectures, assignments and stories. This was adopted by NCERT.
He campaigned against adolescent marriage and he has successfully stopped teens getting married and encouraged them to pursue their studies. No mean achievement this is!
He started his career not in a plush air conditioned office but in a dilapidated building with the girls from tribal communities who didnt think much about sending their daughters to school. His untiring efforts have made his school the best in the whole district.
He teaching methods have earned him the award for being an innovative teacher and he has communicated his methods by writing in newspapers and blogs.
His story goes to prove that with dedication there's little that we cannot achieve, whatever we may take up. Imagine how charged his students will be and imagine how each one will be competing to make a difference in the world.
A big salute to this winner. He has not just won the award, he has won all our hearts too.
Hear hear! The story of a teacher, One like no other, 7 crore isnt an ordinary prize, It can make head turn and mesmerize,
Not the case with this winner, He believed runners up are also achiever, He split with them half his prize, They will motivate them he justifies.
He started just a decade ago, He made the school grow, Now it is on the world map, Making everyone cheer and clap.
His heart is with his children, He is an example for dedication, No more bunking classes, He has won the heart of masses.
Embracing innovative technology , Serving other is his ideology, His untiring work has paid off, We cant but say "hats off"!
-Asha Murali 07-01-2021
PS: If you are reading about this massive achiever for the first time, the event that happened just last month, isnt it time we rethink the news we watch?
Marie and Pierre Curie, the scientist couple, who were brought together by their love for science and shared the noble prize for their ground breaking research on radiation. Marie wore her laboratory dress for her marriage so that she could head straight to her work after the civil wedding! They toured France on their bicycles for their honeymoon!
My humble tribute to the wonderful couple who dedicated their life towards research.