Indrani Nayar-Gall


Yes She Rises LLC

Charlotte, NC, USA


Indrani Nayar-Gall, Indian by birth, is an interdisciplinary artist-activist, working in visual and media arts. She received her BFA and MFA from Visva Bharati University, India; acquired an Advance Graduate Certificate in Contemporary Non-toxic Printmaking from RIT, Rochester, NY and Diploma in Education, University of West Indies. Her teaching experience include Part-time faculty, University on North Carolina at Charlotte, Part-time faculty, Western Michigan University, Tenured faculty, Area coordinator, printmaking BCC, Barbados, Head of Art Dept, Harrison College, Barbados.

Indrani Nayar-Gall, the director of Yes She Rises, is an accomplished artist and has a wide array of experience executing and leading art projects; thus brings both the methodological expertise and management experience to lead the team.

In December 2016 she completed a documentary on the challenges of eradicating the Devadasi tradition. The film has been shown in various film festivals during the course of 2017.

Her large project co-ordinations include: Chancellor’s Diversity Challenge Fund, UNC Charlotte, NC to coordinate Charlotte chapter of One Million Bones national project; Gilmore Emerging Artist Grant, Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo; Points Words Threads, a multi-media collaborative project on genocide; Project grant, Barbados National Gallery, Separated By A Skin,  a public interactive and intervention project at the General Post Office; Recipient, National Mural Award, Barbados, to execute an 8 x 80 ft mixed media mural with a small group student apprentices.

Mission statement:
Yes She Rises is working to bring literacy and skills training to empower Devadasi women trapped in an inter-generational tradition of forced prostitution in north interior Karnataka.

Our mission is to create free strong leaders among devadasi women who will train others to be like them, free of stigma and oppression.

The founder, Indrani Nayar-Gall has been inquiring into the history, myth and the sociological development of the devadasi tradition for the past nine years. In 2012 she started to interview pioneer activists and scholars involved in empowering women victims of religious servitude. And in 2016 Nayar-Gall traveled within villages near Hospet to document stories of existing devadasis and their daughters. This experience led her to initiate the empowerment project. 

Poverty, illiteracy, and absence of economic opportunities have kept these women powerless within an evil cycle of abandonment and exploitation. Most are unable to provide the basic necessity for their children. Some are HIV positive. Most cannot afford preventative healthcare. Yes She Rises LLC feels collaboration and sharing information would be mutually beneficial to both organizations.






Region(s): U.S. Karnataka, India


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