“Raise your Voice”: A women’s literary fest hosted by women for women

“Your Voice” in association with the PRO Office, Jamia Millia Islamia(JMI) organized a women’s literary festival “ Raise Your voice” at Jamia Millia Islamia. The festival started with an inaugural ceremony followed by panel discussion on “the role of poetry and literature in women’s emancipation” featuring Arfa Khanum Shervani, Anusha Rizvi, Aditi Maheswari, Dr. Meher Fatima as the panellists and Garima Dutt as the moderator. Notable musician Vidya Shah was the Guest og Honor and Mr. A.P. Siddiqui( IPS), Registrar, Jamia Millia Islamia graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.

Another event “Kalaam-E-Khawateen”, a poetry event  by women poets including  Gayethri  Mehta, Rupam and Tehmeena got a response  from the audience. Student social  Entrepreneur Ishita Singh and Para Shooting World Silver medallist Pooja Aggarwal inspired the audience by their stories.

It was the first of its kind and was attended by around ten thousand people. It was an attempt to mark the upcoming International Women’s Day. The purpose of this one day festival was to celebrate extraordinary acts of courage, determination and achievements of women. This fest a mix of culture, inspiring stories, drama, poetry and Sufi singing. An open mic was also organised for women to come and share their journeys and experiences through slam poetry. Food stalls with mouth-watering delicacies and handicraft stalls became a major attraction of the event. RJ Sayema session on “Manto Ki Kahani” wooed the hearts of the audience while a stage play led by the Shilpi Marwaha  Sukhmanch moved the audience to tears. The day ended with an energetic Sufi evening with the coke studio singer Dhruv Sangari.

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