Interactive Workshops with Students: Oral History

Oral history workshops are an integral part of the projects organised by SPARROW. Women’s songs, folk-songs, ballads and stories have traditionally constituted the oral history of our culture. This time-honoured mode of the spoken word is a living presence among us still and has a contemporary relevance. Giving voice and language to experiences that have hitherto remained muted and marginalized becomes an important act in the preservation of oral histories. Articulating what has been silenced, would, moreover, lead to communication, sharing and interaction. In the course of two years SPARROW invited a number of women to speak to small audiences. These are women, whose lives, however interesting, have remained hidden, and whose experiences, however relevant, have remained unheeded. After every workshop SPARROW brought out a booklet based on the proceedings of the workshop, in the form of a biographical note. Following are the workshops SPARROW held from 1994 to 1999 on some issues and with women from various walks of life.

Communalism, violence and women. Talking about love, hatred, fear and despair.
Kala Shahani: A freedom fighter.

Shanta Gandhi, Sudha Padhye, Shantoo Gurnani, Wijaya Altekar

Four women whose lives have been linked with Science.

Urmila Pawar is a Marathi writer whose stories are based on Dalit experiences of living, working and existing.
Sakhubai Gavit, a tribal activist, hails from Bandhgar village, Megapada, Dahanu Taluk.
Jameela Nishat, from Hyderabad, writes poetry in Urdu.

Peace and Communal Harmony

Bhakti Kaur and Harbans Kaur, two women affected by the communal riots of 1984, share their experiences along with Dr.Kalpana Shah and Sushoba Barve who talk of later riots.