Today’s the day for women: well not just the day for your better-halves or the women whom you’ve known and grown up around but a day for all women of the world. While the so-called ‘new’ India is bridging together the gap and the clamour for an ‘equal status’ is on with movements like #MeToo, today we’ve brought a list of 5 inspiring Jharkhand women who became an inspiration for India to follow.
Let’s celebrate this International Women’s Day with awesome inspiring stories of these women from Jharkhand:
With highly versatile roles in Bollywood movies, short films, tv serial, and web series Rasika Dugal is a true inspiration for women in her field. Born in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand (then Bihar), Rasika initially did a degree of BSc in Mathematics and with a PG Diploma in acting, headed straight towards achieving her dream. This 34-year-old actress has truly done roles worthy of applause ranging from Safiya Manto in Manto to Beena Tripathi in the Amazon Prime original Mirzapur.
Based in Ranchi, Jharkhand and alumni from Bridgeford School, Nikita Singh is one of the most-celebrated best-selling authors in contemporary India. Penning down more than 10 books in the fiction genre since the beginning of her career in 2011, Nikita has truly proven the power of a pen. Also, having have spoken at TEDx and being an inspiration, Singh has even co-authored a book with Durjoy Datta. The latest addition to her collection is The Reason is You which was released this Valentine’s Day.
Born in Ranchi to a middle-class family, Alisha Singh is a renowned dancer, actor, and choreographer in the Bollywood industry. Starting off her initials with Boogie-Woogie, Alisha was the first runner-up in Dance India Dance Season 1 (2009). Since then, there’s no halt to her journey whether it’s being a Bollywood Choreographer or with her own institution in Ranchi named ‘Alisha’s Dance Studio’.
Born in Ratu Chati Village, near Ranchi this 24-year-old Archer’s story is inspiring too. Deepika Kumari’s sharp eye and mastery at archery was a natural talent that she was born with. But, with a little help from her cousin Vidya (also an archer) Deepika skills were put to good use from being a girl who used to take an accurate aim at mangoes with stone to a professional archer. She has since then won many trophies and medals with her talent including a gold at the 2010 Common Wealth Games and the highest gallantry award in sports – the Arjuna award in 2012 by then President Pranab Mukherjee. Moreover, in 2016 she was honoured with the Padma Shri.
Born and brought up in Jamshedpur and later moving to Mumbai, Shilpa Rao is one of the prominent playback singers in the Indian music industry today. Being offered a debut from the song ‘Javeda Zindagi’ in the movie Anwar(2007) gave Shilpa the platform she stands on today exploring and contributing widely to the music industry and even to international music initiatives like the Dewarists (“I Believe” along with Parikrama and Agnee). Some of her other finest contributions include Bulleya (Ae Dil Hai Mushkil), Manmarziyan (Lootera), Dhol Yaara Dhol (Dev D), and Khuda Jaane (Bachna Ae Haseeno).
She was awarded the Filmfare Award in 2020 for Best Female Singer for the song ‘Ghungroo’ from the movie ‘War’.
The stories of these women are really inspiring. These not only show the strength of the women of contemporary India but also open new doors to women to be on the top of the world despite the odds.