Bama’s Sangati analyses Dalits women’s oppression by double patriarchies –the covert patriarchal stance subsumed within the gender relations of their own. Sangati is a startling insight into the lives of Dalit women who face the double disadvantage of caste and gender discrimination. Written in a. Dalit Women Identity in Bama’s Sangati. Ranjana Singh. Research Scholar,. Department of English and Modern European Language,. Lucknow University.

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Realizing that leaving her community is no escape, she has to come to terms with her identity as an educated, economically independent woman who chooses to live alone. And when they revolt it causes of violence or their death. The dalit women are an easy prey to the men because of their repressed state. Sangati deals with gender bias faced by dalit women right from bana childhood. Her second work Sangati is an ambience of dalit women particularly paraiyars community, it draws a real picture of this community.

Sangati: Events

The women stand by each other to help each other when there sangafi injustice meted out not only in society but in family circles as well. Tamil writers births Living people Indian feminist writers Roman Catholic feminists 20th-century Indian women writers 21st-century Indian women writers 21st-century Indian novelists Women writers from Tamil Nadu 20th-century Indian novelists Indian women novelists 20th-century Indian short story writers 21st-century Indian short story writers Indian women short story writers Novelists from Tamil Nadu.

Bama makes clear her intention in her acknowledgement: When her mother goes to work in the field, the poor girl has to baja all the works like; From the time she woke up, she sprinkled the front yard with water and swept it, and then carried on with all the house work: It relates the mindscape of a Dalit woman who steps out of her small town community, only to enter a caste-ridden and hierarchical society, which constantly questions her caste status.


It is interesting that the Dalit woman cannot be suppressed in spite of caste, gender oppression.

To this Bama added a language of human rights articulated by her liberated protagonist. Sangati was originally written in Tamil in Lexi rated it really liked it Jul 07, Having so many troubles they lead their life happily.

When she refused, he practically broke her in half She gives the example of Maikkanni, a little girl whose father comes at home when he wants he never cares for his family.

The dalit women are mostly the wage earners of hard labour sweating it out in the fields, construction sites, and in match box industries. With the encouragement of a friend, she wrote on her childhood experiences.

Sangati: Events by Bama

Traditionally in most homes the kitchen is a limited space designated for women. Gama the social evils of this community this book also throws light on the tyranny, exploitation, injustice, the cruelty, the trauma and disparity taking place in the paraiyars community.

Hard labour and economic precariousness lead to a culture of violence, and Bama boldly explores this theme too. In addition to this she has written twenty short stories. Everywhere you look, you see blows and beatings, shame and humiliation…Became we have not been to school or learnt anything, we go about like slaves all our lives, from the day we are born till the day we die, As if we are blind, even though we have eyes.

But still she leads her life happily. Playing the spokesperson for the women of her community, Bama states that it is on her to speak out the truth that though all women are slaves to men, her women are the worst sufferers.


India is one of the fastest growing countries in the world; yet it is notorious for its rigid caste system. In Sangati Bama describes the women character of paraiyar community.


Aswatha rated it really liked it Feb 23, Oct 15, Cindy Watkins rated it liked it. Bama here makes a comparison between upper caste women and the women of her community. Women do not speak among the sanbati and they dare not to speak about right or wrong. Sanati Sangati we learn that the oppress class too has its own gender discrimination wherein dalit men who are on the margins of the structured society in turn marginalize their own women on the basis of fixed gener roles.

She works and lives by hereself. Academic Skip to main content. Her language is also very different from the other women writers of India as she is more generous with the usage of Dalit Tamil slangs.

If we had a little schooling at least, we could live with more awareness. The poor child came and told me and wept. Return to Book Page. Ayurveda Cinema Hinduism Places Sikhism. They are constantly vulnerable to a lot of sexual harassment in the world of work. They sliced open her stomach, dangati out the baby, twisted its neck, and killed it. Refresh and try again.

Zangati realizes that the dalit women are constantly under menace and they are not safe in their work place also. Bama expresses her agony as: It relates the mindscape of a Dalit woman who steps out of her small town community, only to enter a caste-ridden and hierarchical society, which constantly questions her caste status.