Chitra and Savitri as Epitomes of Women Empowerment: A Study in Comparison
International Journal of Literature and Arts
Volume 1, Issue 3, November 2013, Pages: 47-54
Received: Nov. 30, 2013;
Published: Dec. 20, 2013
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Anupamratanshanker Ramashanker Nagar, Principal, Dr. Virambhai Rajabhai Godhaniya College, Porbandar (Gujarat)
Ketki Nareshprasad Pandya, Visiting Professor, Gurukul Mahila College, Porbandar (Gujarat)
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This paper proposes to discuss the conceptual issues related to Women Empowerment as developed in the characters of Chitra and Savitri. Following a brief critique of their human development, both Chitra and Savitri would stand out as fine illustrations (models) of women empowerment particularly in the post-modern context where one more than often discusses women empowerment as an approach to address gender inequality in societies. As stand-out strong models, both Chitra and Savitri, would serve to educate contemporary writers and their Women (W) Empowerment (E) framework would in turn serve to review the current approaches and practices and thereby establish the unlimited and universal application of the re-contextualized Tagorean and Aurobindonian approach to Women Empowerment. The following would be the four sections of the paper: I. Introduction; II. The Chitra and Savitri Legend; III. The comparison between Chitra and Savitri; IV. The Re-contextualization of Chitra and Savitri in terms of Women Empowerment, V. Conclusion.
Conceptual Issues, Women's Empowerment, Chitra and Savitri as Symbols of Shakti, Illustrations (Models) of Women Empowerment, the Postmodern Context, Gender Inequality, Myths Recontextualized
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Anupamratanshanker Ramashanker Nagar,
Ketki Nareshprasad Pandya,
Chitra and Savitri as Epitomes of Women Empowerment: A Study in Comparison, International Journal of Literature and Arts.
Vol. 1, No. 3,
2013, pp. 47-54.
Maharshi Veda Vyas, Shri Mahabharata, trans. Pandit Ramnarayan Dutt Shastry Pandeya (Gorakhpur: Geeta Press, Samvat 2045), Adhyaya: 214, Sloka: 15, p. 614.
Rabindranath Tagore, Chitra (Delhi: Macmillan India, 1995), p.9.
Maharshi Veda Vyas, op. cit., Adhyaya: 293, Sloka: 24, p. 1773.
Ibid., Adhyaya: 299, Sloka: 14, p. 1797.