BRINDA JACOB, is a dance therapist
Brinda was like any other 9- to- 5 working girl, but that was before she discovered dance by accident. Then it transformed her life in such a way that she decided all she would like to do is help those who are suffering the ravages of time and illness. Brinda today, through the medium of her dance studio, is in Bengaluru, helping HIV patients, breast cancer victims and children of sex workers with a new concept— movement therapy.
“I feel the mind and body are connected and dance is therapeutic,” says Brinda, who launched her studio in 2001, after she returned from a dance fellowship in the UK. “My session is usually an hour and 45 minutes long. It entails an hour of movement and the rest is devoted to counselling,”
The mother of twins believes that This quiet but resolved activist has been working with Sahiyar Stree Sangathan in Baroda, where she helps slum women take up leadership roles. Her journey in social work began in 2005, when she realised helping people of a “lesser God” was important to her. “I also worked with Nyayagrah and handled cases of domestic violence,” she says. “A lot of most problems originate from the mind, which then stresses the mind and leads to problems and illnesses. “Through dance, we get access to the subconscious and this helps sort out many traumas,” says Brinda, who juggles motherhood with the motivation to help those in distress. women from the minority community approached us for help, since we were already working with riot victims.” Lohanna has also conducted studies, where she interviewed women on how, in a post- conflict situation, they were negotiating their citizenship. “I interviewed young Muslim girls and they told me how eager they were to attain education. I also helped start a small stitching unit for women whose husbands were booked under POTA so that they could earn a livelihood,” she says. Johanna has been hoping to help quiet sufferers of sexual violence during the riots. “Currently, I work with the Center for Social Justice, Ahmedabad, where we focus largely on advocacy work and are hoping to build a law based on the human rights perspective. But my field of interest still remains working with women who are marginalised in society,” she says.
“What has moved me the most about women who have suffered in conflict, is their enormous struggle and their unwavering confidence as they battle all odds, with grace.”
Johanna has been working for women from minority communities
Brinda uses motion as a way to heal HIV