Majya Jalmachi Chittarkatha

Majya Jalmachi Chittarkatha (translated as The Kaleidoscope Story of My Life) is an autobiography of Shantabai Kamble published in 1983.[1] This is considered the first autobiographical narrative by a Dalit woman writer.[2] This book shows the life of Indian woman who was from lower class of the caste.[3]

Majya Jalmachi Chittarkatha
AuthorShantabai Kamble
Original titleMajya Jalmachi Chittarkatha
Cover artistChadrakant Kamble
CountryIndia
LanguageMarathi
Seriesserialised in Purva magazine in 1983 and was teleserialised as 'Najuka' on Mumbai Doordarshan in 1990
GenreAutobiography
PublisherUsha Wagh
Publication date
1984
Media typeFirst Dalit Autobiography
Pages143

Plot introductionEdit

The autobiography Majya Jalmachi Chittarkatha by Dalit woman writer Shantabai Kamble, the protagonist of the story, Naja, bears the brunt of class, caste and gender. Naja is from the Mahar caste, one of the biggest Dalit communities in Maharashtra.[citation needed]

Najabai Sakharam Babar (renamed Shantabai Krishnaji Kamble after her marriage), was the first Dalit woman teacher in Solapur district. she began teaching at the Solapur District Board School in 1942. Ten year, in 1952, she completed two years of teacher training and served as an education extension officer in the Jat taluka of Sangli district.[4]

She wrote Mazhya Jalmachi Chittarkatha (The Kaleidoscopic Story of My Life) after she retired from teaching in 1981. It was first serialised in Purva magazine in 1983 and was teleserialised as Najuka on Mumbai Doordarshan in 1990. It has also been translated into French. The word chittarkatha literally means a picture story but also indicates a sense of pieces of pictures being put together like a jigsaw puzzle.[5]

SourcesEdit

  • The Danger of Gender: Caste, Class and Gender in Contemporary Indian Women's Writing by Clara Nubile Published by Sarup & Sons, 2003[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Majhya Jalmachi Chitra Katha(TYBA) Shantabai K. Kamble". Archived from the original on 19 July 2011.
  2. ^ Handbook of Twentieth-century Literatures of India By Nalini Natarajan
  3. ^ "Majhya Jalmachi Chitra Katha(TYBA) Shantabai K. Kamble". Archived from the original on 19 July 2011.
  4. ^ Rege, Sharmila (2006). Writing Caste, Writing Gender: Reading Dalit Women's Testimonies. Delhi: Zubaan. p. 156.
  5. ^ Mazhya Jalmachi Chittarkatha - The Kaleidoscopic Story of My Life
  6. ^ The extract Naja Goes to School - and Doesn't