For the first time in the history of Kashmir, a calendar was framed only to highlight the women legends of Kashmir. The move was initiated by nine female artists who worked on the inspirational lives of 12 Kashmiri women from past to contemporary times and framed a calendar for 2019.
Using media portals, nine artists joined hands and created 12 pieces of artwork highlighting the lives of the iconic women of Kashmir. The initiative took when Sonth Kashmir, a Kashmiri souvenir brand run by Onaiza Drabu and developed in collaboration with Koshur lifestyle, an online Kashmir merchandise store owned by Sama Beg, proposed the idea.
According to Onaiza Drabu, “Every year we would see calendars that would have photos of men. Some years ago, there was a calendar that had photos of ten men and only two women, which was quite upsetting. So, we decided to make a calendar and dedicate it to women.” She along with Sama discussed the idea and then got in touch with some of the finest young female artists of Kashmir and created this artwork. “Over 200 calendars have been sold thus far,” Onaiza said. The 28-year-old anthropologist added that not only Kashmiris but people from India and some other countries were also buying the calendar.
The calendar is not only celebrating the great works done by women, who were popular in their period but also interprets the contribution of other women, who were less popular among the people. The last page of the calendar is attributed to the sufferings of women in contemporary Kashmir. Besides that, it contains the digital illustrations of images of the women who were protesting for the rights of their beloved ones.
The artists who worked on the project include Mahvash Masood, Onaiza Drabu, Nusaiba Khan, Sumairha Choudhary, Tuba Nasiem, Ghazal Qadri, Kayehaan Anjum Khan, Zoya Khan and Sama Beg.