31 October, 2020

Radhaben Garva

The painter has just published her book Picture This! Painting the Women’s Movement.

Radhaben Garva

Tell us about your book.

I began painting in my village in Mundra, Kutch, 25 years ago. I took the opportunity to compile my painted ideas into a book.

Your main subject has been experiences of rural Gujarati women....

The paintings here are a compilation of the struggles faced by women like me from Gujarat.

Your paintings also speak of women’s social movements in the last 25 years.

It does, in two parts. The first is set when society was patriarchal and women had few rights; the second talks about how women slowly won more rights and started demanding equality.

How did you begin painting?

I didn’t have a formal education; I could only draw crooked lines at first. But I developed skills and could express this pain through drawings.

What message are you trying to convey?

Men and women play equally important roles in society, which can function smoothly only when men start respecting women and...



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