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ALTR is a Pearl Academy publication that critically and aesthetically responds to contemporary issues. It is a raw, open, non conformist, counter-culturist perspective on media, design, fashion, culture and communication. The theme for this issue is ‘Genderless’. 

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DR. BADRINARAYANAN SRINIVASAN

Male and female are genders that the society ascribes to the biological sexes of men and women. However, scientific studies have shown that our brains can have characteristics of a male or a female, irrespective of sex or gender. Read More

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SHUBHAGATA MITTAL

Who makes the rules? Who decides your religion, your colour, your race, your gender, your SEXUALITY? We are all born with a clean chamber in our hearts and minds to be ideally filled with acceptance, love and affection but Man- the way he chooses to be- interprets what he sees and experiences through life with bias, prejudice and pre conceived notions that are often borrowed. Read More

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RADHARANI MITRA

Radharani Mitra is Global Creative Advisor at BBC Media Action, the BBC’s international NGO that uses media and communication for development.With three decades of experience, Radharani mines insights, formulates strategies and tells stories using new and legacy media to bring about social and behaviour change. Read More

 

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PRAKRITI SAXENA & APARNA MUDI

The Indian mythology is full of characters who have broken the gender norm. Not just Shikhandi, even gods have explored duality. With inputs from Gagan Goel. Read More

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MAHAVIR SINGH BISHT AND VEDIKA SINGHANIA

Surviving life becomes difficult for a transperson in a society that looks down upon an effeminate man. Mahavir Singh Bisht and Vedika Singhania speak to Pavel, a transperson from Manipur, who grew up in a conservative family and society, but accepted his queerness with the love his grandmothers showered, and fell in love with a senior student in his college in Baroda. Read More

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ESHA NARA

Androgyny is not trying to manage the relationship between opposites, it is simply flowing between them. Androgyny refers to a specific way of joining the ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine’ aspects of all human beings. Read More

 

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SHARMILA KATRA

The Indian mythology is full of characters who have broken the gender norm. Not just Shikhandi, even gods have explored duality. With inputs from Gagan Goel. Read More

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DIVYA NAGAR

Aesthetics is commonly understood as the visual characteristic that appeals to the onlooker. So, conventionally, men are thought to be fond of blue while women like pink. But, can men like pink? Or women like blue, the manly ones? Divya Nagar explains if aesthetics can free itself from the conventional gender norms and whether we have taken our first step in that direction. Read More

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NANDITA ABRAHAM

Pearl Academy is re-elected as a member of the executive committee of the International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes (IFFTI) for a third time. Nandita Abraham discusses what it means for the institution and how it guides the pedagogy, learning environment and research at Pearl Academy. Read More