Rao, who was born in Kanpur to a family from the weaver caste of the Andhra town, Mangalagiri, has said, “I grew up observing the lives of women around me, this subset who had poor education, poor health… their lives were very devalued. I’ve always been interested in the specific vulnerabilities of some women, especially in times of conflict.”
Set in the village of Indravelli in Telangana, Girls Burn Brighter explores human trafficking, cultural misogyny, caste, and most of all– friendship.
Introduction by Dr. Nisha Kommattam and Q & A moderation by Rashmi Joshi
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