A prominent gynaecologist, Dr Girija Dhar was instrumental in establishing the women’s hospital, Lal Ded Hospital.
Born in Srinagar, Dr Dhar studied at King George Medical College in Lucknow and later trained in the United Kingdom. It was there she met her future husband and another legend in Kashmiri healthcare, Dr Naseer Shah.
The two worked tirelessly to elevate medical education and both served terms as principal of Government Medical College, Srinagar.
Committed to philanthropy, they set up various welfare organisations including an orphanage. Dr Dhar also served as chairperson of Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission and was the first chairperson of Jammu and Kashmir Women’s Commission.
Dr Dhar was known to have brought about reforms in medical education in the state. The artwork replicates her identity as a super woman since she's always been a champion.