Kolkata, July 26: To stamp their protests against the ghastly Kamduni brutalisation incident, and rise in incidents of abuses and disrespect to women, city elocutionists and singers and people from artiste fraternity yesterday assembled together.
“We are here to ignite Aparajita (the unvanquished womanhood) the flame of protest which will make thousands showitrue respect to our mothers, sisters and daughters and stir their conscience by not being mute spectator if they see any woman being teased, abused or tortured but come up in their support,” well-known Bengali poets Subho Dasgupta and Krishna Basu said.
Aparajita is a metaphor, it signifies the immense power of Streeshakti which is embodied in the Mother Goddess and it also pays respect to the girls, victims of brutal torture in Delhi, in Kamduni, on board trains and whose grit and determination awakened our soul, the duo said.
“Violence against women takes many forms - physical, psychological, sexual - which are inter-related many a time and we want to build up the movement Aparajita' that wants to say loud and clear, “We can't take abuses in our stride, at home, in public places, transports, anymore.
The name itself has a strong connotation, you cannot humiliate and put to submission a girl,” Dasgupta and Guha proclaimed.
“To mark the launch of the movement, we are also presenting Aparajita - a collage of songs and some of Tagore's poems, with bold feminist streaks interspersed with works of some more contemporary works - to the accompaniment of music, “ well-known Tagore elocutionist Debasis Chakroborty and young recite-poet Bristi said.
“I have enacted Raktakarobi's Nondini who speaks against all forms of violence and bloodshed,” Briwsti said.
“We are also worried as like others and would be part of the movement,” members of Bangla band Mohul, credited with popularising centuries old Bengali lullabies, said.
“We are all on the side of the movement Aparajita. It will speak out against gender-based violence in any form.
There have been audio albumsby us on the multifaceted role of women and Streeshakti. There will be audio albums against abuses and torture of women.,” Purnendu Roy of Orion Entertainment said.