Kalki Koechlin's powerful poem on the state of Indian women moves Melinda Gates
"Thank you for bringing attention to violence and discrimination against women. Your voice helps bring much needed attention and support to these issues," writes Melinda
When Kalki Koechlin released a video poem, The Printing Machine, way back in January little did she know that she would receive a letter from someone who is a known philanthropist and is leading International women’s rights activist.
Yes, Kalki was pleasantly surprised when she received a letter from Melinda Gates, wife of American IT Czar Bill Gates and the co-founder of the Melinda Gates Foundation. Melinda has applauded Kalki’s efforts to bring attention to the violence and discrimination that women in India are subjected to.
The letter says:
Dear Ms Koechlin:
I appreciate your taking time to join me in a discussion on empowering women and girls in India. Your video poem, The Printing Machine, was both powerful and thought-provoking. Thank you for bringing attention to violence and discrimination against women. Your voice helps bring much needed attention and support to these issues — and I am grateful for your efforts. It was a pleasure meeting you during my visit.
It must be noted that Melinda Gates is no stranger to India and has even received the 'Padma Bhushan' in 2015 along with her husband Bill Gates. She is also a part of quite a few strong Indian campaigns that support women.
The video poem was released in January and was applauded for the unique way in which it presented the plight of Indian women and how the society is nothing but a mute spectator to the heinous crimes that are reported by the media every single day. She also spoke about how the Indian media just likes to spice things up without ever giving a thought to the suffering the woman goes through.
Kalki is perhaps the only Bollywood actress who's known for unconventional roles, on and off real. She is also involved in a lot of charity work. Watch the video to listen to the incredible poem by Kalki.