In conversation with Chitra Sahasrabudhey

November 14, 2010

By Amit Basole (Sanhati)

November 14, 2010

This is an interview with Dr. Chitra Sahasrabudhey a social-political activist based in Varanasi, India. Chitraji did a Ph.D. in Chemistry from IIT Delhi but did not go back to do science or seek employment in that profession. She is one of the architects of the idea of lokavidya which got formulated during the campaigns of Nari Hastkala Udyog Samiti, a women’s organisation headed by her and active in and around Varanasi. These campaigns were based primarily on the ideas and the practice of nari vidya (women’s knowledge) and local market. She was one of the chief organizers of Lokavidya Mahadhiveshan, the Third Congress on Traditional Sciences and Technologies of India (CTSTI) , Varanasi 1998. A founder member of the Vidya Ashram, she lives at the Ashram. She is currently the editor of Lokavidya Panchayat, a Hindi monthly. The interviews have been conducted in Hindi.

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The Lokavidya Perspective

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Lokavidya and the Local Market

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