ARNIMAL
Arnimal was an 18th century poet who was married to a famous Persian poet and historian. Legend has it that much like Lal Ded and Habba Khatoon, Arnimal’s unhappy family life was the main source of inspiration for her poignant poetry.

She was married young and her husband deserted her soon after marriage. The pain of separation and the longing for his love turned Arnimal into the romantic poet she is known as today.

 Arnimal's poetry rose from heart, got welled up in the breast and out came the gems. She highlights her condition in simplest terms and, in the process, gives glimpse of 18th century Kashmiri women.

The artwork features the lady carving out words amidst the beauty of nature.

DR.GIRIJA DHAR
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.

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