Oxford Bookstore Kolkata celebrated International Women’s Day 2021 with a discussion on #ChoosetoChallenge in presence of women entrepreneurs Amrita Roy Chowdhury, Social Entrepreneur and Disability Activist; Shristi Dhandharia and Vrinda Ganeriwala, Photographers and Co-Founders, V S Studio moderated by Ramanjit Kaur, Internationally Acclaimed Theatre Actor – Director and Founder, The Creative Arts; amidst an enthusiastic and interactive audience.
The in-store session presented by Oxford Bookstore Kolkata celebrated the special moment with a piece of event which captures the beauty of the day. Echoing the global International Women’s Day theme #ChoosetoChallenge, the lively conversation touched upon the different stereotypes and challenges that mark gender roles and what does celebrating women’s day mean for these women of substance.
The panellists present in the evening participated the challenges while they also shared their journey as a women in the field as well as society. They also shared the challenges faced by them while trying to establish their work while highlighting the most difficult as well as the most absurd norms that they had chosen to challenge to build up their respective entrepreneurial ventures and careers. Amrita, Vrinda and Shristi further elaborated on the one mind-set and norm that they presently choose to challenge as a pledge for the coming year.
The evening drew to a close with celebrating the amazing feats that women all around the world have achieved in the last one year, from Shaheen Bagh to the #metoo protests, from women leaders shining in the fight against the pandemic, to climate activism.
Amrita Roy Chowdhury highlighted the misconceptions associated with Down Syndrome. Breaking the barriers of prejudice, she explained about her dual work towards spreading awareness about Autism and rehabilitation of children and young adults with special needs. The Founder of Transcendent Knowledge Society, a NGO in Kolkata, she has been instrumental in training specially-abled adults.
Vrinda Ganeriwala and Shristi Dhandharia shared their journey of starting their photographic venture- VS Studio with an emerging trend of pre and post wedding photography in a male-dominated market. They deliberated on the behind-the-scenes of a shoot and what goes in the making of a perfect photograph. The duo shared glimpses from their work life balance as well as maintaining perfection in the same field.
International Award-winning Theatre and Film Actor and Director Ramanjit Kaur, moderated the session while giving insights to her role as the Founder-Director of The Creative Arts, the prestigious Arts Academy in Kolkata. Her works span across theatre training and experimental theatre for both children and adults. She had been instrumental in the inception of The Creative Arts Academy last year which provides regular classes on theatre and creative writing.
Today the bookstore witnessed a very special day to celebrate the day with special moments etched. Women’s day should be celebrated daily to respect all the women around the globe. But this special day marks a auspicious moment to celebrate its beauty.