Eight manifestations of Goddess Lakshmi took birth when eight housewives from different backgrounds came together out of their love of mural painting.
Eight manifestations of Goddess Lakshmi took birth when eight housewives from different backgrounds came together out of their love of mural painting.
Dr Amy Catalin-Jairazbhoy came to Kerala in search of the origins of a 75-year-old audio collection.
Acclaimed Kathak dancer and choreographer Pali Chandra says her dream is always to be a story teller who tells tales that can make a difference in society.
Economist Gita Gopinath has become the first Keralite woman to become a member of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Science.
Onmanorama Women introduce three young women who wear their tribal identity on their sleeves.
Jayashree Puri joined Doordarshan as a trainee camerawoman when few women wielded the camera for TV shoots, at least in India.
The hair collected from the students will be used to make wigs for cancer patients from poor families who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy and radiation.
Lady Helen Hamlyn is busy conserving dilapidated palaces and historical monuments across India.
What makes Priya Sumesh different from all other street performers are the circumstances which led her to take up such an offbeat mission.
The success achieved by Kudumbashree women in building construction and hollow bricks manufacturing inspired the formation of a painting unit.
Clad in colourful saris for the flagging-off, the women made a pretty picture as they posed for shutterbugs.
So far Gargee Dutta has acted in about 20 plays at various platforms across the country and done two regional feature films.
Actress Urmila Matondkar says as a woman, she always finds the tough but right chord to be seductive and not vulgar as the line is very thin.
A quick look at her social media posts - the latest one being 'Flex arms, stretch legs and turn heads' - will give people an idea about her passion for fitness.
Life is something that should not wither away during a crisis, neither is it to be lived in disappointment. Ranjini proves that life is not to be lived blaming your destiny.
As a fire broke out in a building in Delhi, 55-year-old Jyoti Verma, suggested an idea to rescue those trapped inside. And, it worked!
Theertha's dream is to provide education in sign language to those affected by hearing problem.
With an aim to ensure menstrual hygiene, the women are trying to keep the cost of the sanitary pads less than a third of the price of commercially available pads.
The 17-year-old Kochi-based powerlifter has set her eyes on the Asian Powerlifting Championships to be held in Udaipur from May 1 to 6.
A resident of Kunnukuzhi in Thiruvanathapuram, Sanjana is one of the two Malayalis to be selected as lieutenant in the Indian Army.
Vidya Raju is not a professional snake catcher and certainly not a female counterpart of Kerala's dare-devil snake expert Vava Suresh.
Jayamma Bhandari is credited with directly impacting the lives of some 5,000 women in sex work and nearly a thousand of them are now engaged in alternative livelihoods.
Dr Asha Kishore, the first woman director of Sree Chitra Thirunal Institute for Medical Sciences, speaks about the efforts to revive the debt-ridden institute.
Amrutha Mohan, who is a final-year post-graduate student at St. Cyril's College, Adoor, imparts training in self-defence and karate to our jawans.
When Karthiayani sits down to study, she has the spirit of a Class 10 student preparing for exams.
Tiffany Brar wanted to shed light on the path of the blind people like herself. The urge sowed the seeds of Jyotirgamaya, a mobile school for the visually impaired.
62-year-old Kunjamma's greatest achievement was the reclamation of a patch of land from the river to build her house.
Manju Thomas has declared a war on the two-wheeler riders who rev up on the pavements to bypass the chock-a-block roads of the city.
Indonesian villager Mama Hasria makes a four kilometre, hour-long trip along the murky Mandar river to clean water wells built along the riverbank for their community on Sulawesi island.
The comedy web series 'Random Wekaram,' which has already garnered a lot of attention, is a product of an all-woman gang.
Lee Eun-eui has been offering free legal help for victims of sexual violence since 2015, as part of a South Korean government's programme to support the victims.
Teena, a teacher at the Choice School at Thiruvalla, takes the wishes of her visually challenged wards seriously and turns their dreams into realities.
Sally Kannan has so far caught more than 2,000 stray dogs. She catches them with her bare hands and accompanies them in vehicles.
An internationally acclaimed painter, Swapna Augustine shares with Onmanorama her story of survival and rise as well as her thoughts on 'disability.'
Archana proved that confidence and positive attitude could help one defeat cancer and now learns piano, guitar, swimming, and painting along with dance.
She is an international rifle shooter, an up-and-coming painter who also pursues sports psychology. These three things predominantly impact the life of Chandigarh's Anjum Moudgil.
There’s got to be a lot of love when you sign off a letter 'with love'. More so, if the 'with love' flourish was made with Lakshmi Menon's paper pen.
Archy, as Archana Jayan is fondly called, is a picture of contrast to the Scottish men in quilts with whom bagpipes are commonly associated.
It was her deep personal loss which spurred petite Anjali Amjad to give wings to two humanitarian projects to reach out to children and women in distress.
Sindhu, who owns a photo studio in Konni, Pathanamthitta, reminisces about how she used to be a regular invitee to the palace to take photographs of the Sharjah royal family.
Baby Girija has been converting must-read books in Malayalam to Braille for the past 10 years.
Reviving the energy, excitement and fun in the Thar Desert, the 31-year-old Sarah will be riding an imported KTM EXC 250.
Salila's savings through the week is spent on patients who can never make it to her clinic in suburban Kochi, or any clinic for that matter.
Majority of the public toilets in Thiruvananthapuram can be located with the help of this app and is also possible to know about their quality.
The latest 100 day challenge on social media, which prompts people to do something continuously and differently for 100 days, has thrown up many surprising talents.
It is a gang of 18 super women. They literally work in a pit the length of a train in the forlorn yards of the sprawling Thiruvananthapuram Central Station.
The gesture complements the women empowerment programs rolled out by the state woman and child development department.
Jeena Thomas won the runner-up title of BAPUBA (Bangalore-Pune-Bangalore), organized by Indian Endurance Riders Association by covering 1,667 kilometres in just 20 hours.
The women detectives will mostly work undercover to investigate mysterious crimes and to ascertain the facts behind complaints lodged with the local police.
The move to get women for the lead acting presentations comes in the wake of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements that have been in the spotlight this awards season.
From writing random poetry to publishing a little magazine to winning the prestigious Crossword Book Award, E V Fathima has traveled the entire spectrum of literature.
In an impressive career, spanning five-decades, the actor ruled the commercial cinema space in the '80s and '90s like no heroine had done before.
Rekha’s singular contribution was noticed when a stock-taking of the number of children saved by the RPF was being done.
Gopika Varma, who has performed at numerous coveted gatherings in India and abroad in the past two decades, considers her latest work to be her masterpiece.
The IAF has already selected the next batch of three women trainee pilots for the fighter stream.
The people in Thevalakkara are full of praise for Soumya's daring act and she has now become an instant celebrity.
For the past 42 years, Karumadi Mattakat Chandramathi amma had been bringing the milk to the temple every day, which goes into making the famed kheer.
Social activist and school teacher Natalia Defonte from France reached out to Chaithanya after patiently screening adoption centers in India for over two years.
Millions of people in Bihar still practice open defecation and not a single district has so far been declared Open Defecation Free.
Though there are Keralite army men in the Australian Defense Force, this is the first time a Keralite woman got the opportunity to serve in any role in the country’s army.
Garima Singh was determined to give the anganwadi in Hazaribhag district, Jharkhand, a total makeover and declare it as a model anganwadi.
Narula is not your usual philanthropist; she does not go about giving her money easily to ameliorate the many ills that plague our society. Instead, she focuses on what she calls intelligent philanthropy.
The photo of Rajeshwari giving her daughter’s hand to her groom went viral within minutes the wedding photographer, Varun, posted it on the Internet.
One of Lina Aljijakli's works on display in the former royal palace shows faces of women and children outlined against a blue background.
Pooja has run marathons across various cities such as Kuala Lumpur Marathon, Hyderabad, Delhi, Singapore, Mumbai to name a few.
Maya Vishwakarma started her mission two years ago, prompted by her own experience of unsafe menstrual hygiene during her early years.
All the women riders of Cochin Bikers' Club agree that the morning cycle trips recharge their batteries to new levels. They leave at 6 am and get back home by 9 am.
Mary Poonen sailed to London since no university in India would admit a girl to a medical science course and became the first woman from Kerala to get a medical degree.
A recipient of the Sahitya Academy Award in 1984, Kamala Das is known for her boldness and outspoken attitude and her poems are intensely honest and passionate.
Dubbed 'Lady Tarzan' for her valiant efforts to save the trees, 38-year-old Jamuna Tudu has turned the East Singhbhum village the new center of ecological conservation in India.
Not surprisingly, the Nobel Peace Prize winner himself as well as the Kailash Satyarthi Children's Fund have called Gupta a "Young change-maker" on the social media.
Got a bit of spunk or the will to wander round? Age is no bar, but gender apparently is. It’s all for women and women for all!
A peek into her life, routine and daily regimen is sure to throw up nuggets of info into what gives Hema Malini that touch of youthful good looks.
Geeta Verma traversed untrodden paths to the distant corners of Himachal Pradesh to vaccinate children against fatal diseases.
From landing in Calcutta in 1956 till now, Sister Cyril, an Irish nun, has seen many facets of the city- indeed, has seen it changing.
Erika Dalan, a Swedish artist, has captured the vibrant colors of the beach town on her canvas during her six-week stay in Kochi.
Sunitha Thrippanikkara, the artist who received a central government award from the president recently, is a study in determination.
What makes Syeda Salva Fatima's story stand out is her lower middle class background and the fact that she wore a 'hijab' (head scarf) during the entire course of training in India and abroad.
Siji Krishnan's works are a play with memory, mostly from her childhood.
Fearless Nadia's story is instructive at a time when gender inequality is still an unwelcome feature of the entertainment industry, Bollywood, Hollywood and what have you.
May Fridel' cookbook helps the reader make non-processed meals from scratch in no time.
Founded in 2012, the Alakhpura Football Club participated in the Indian Women's League last year where Sanju Yadav from the village was the top scorer with 11 goals.
Mary Ann Thomas and her friend Janiel Bayle gave a surprise to her mother’s relatives when she arrived at their house in Iritty after a cycling trip across India.
Manjita Vanzara's tortuous journey is a testimony for everyone who does not want to compromise their ambitions.
Anu Nipin’s Cabbon Entertainments is ready to celebrate any event related to children, including the baby shower, the day a child comes home after birth, the ceremonial 28th day and of course, the all-important birthday.
Chandni is a dreamer, a doer, and a living proof that if will and wit join hands, nothing can stop you from achieving your goals.
They hope that their adventure would encourage more people to fall back on bicycles to cut down the number of vehicles on roads and thereby atmospheric pollution.
According to designer Priyanka Modi, in a film fanatic country like ours, it’s obvious that the most venerable fashion icons comes from movies.
Mouni Roy will soon be seen opposite Akshay Kumar in ‘Gold’.
Although many women are trying stand-up comedy, a big change is yet to come, says the ‘Pushpavalli’ actress.
The fashionista also offers some tips on how to look dapper and trendy in a jiffy.
The Buddhist nuns are trained in martial arts and frequently organize pilgrimages and cycling trips to promote gender equality.
With an aim to showcase the beauty and talent of these enthusiastic ladies, Mrs India-Pride of Nation 2017 said it also strives to empower them to be better contributors to society.
A noted motivational speaker, Dr Iyer has shared her story in TEDx platforms and even in a United Nations forum.
The actress had been taking a break after she got injured during the shoot of 'Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi'.
Meet Aparna Purushothaman from Kerala who wield the camera in the wild.
Firebrand writer S Sithara had shocked her fans and well-wishers when she disclosed that she had cancer a few years ago.
Sathi Mondal from Bengal has been living on a liquid diet since 2009.
Archana Sasi, the topper of AIIMS PG entrance exams, talks to Onmanorama Women about her academic achievements.
Kyiek Mukhim worked full time at Kharang Rural Centre until June this year when she had to be hospitalized for age-related ailments.
It was through campus placement that CET students Arshaly Jose and Aksa Elizabeth Sunny landed covetable jobs with tech giant Adobe.
While her gold medal feat made her an overnight sensation, not many are aware that the youngster contemplated quitting the sport just a couple of years ago.
Rekha from Chettuva in Thrissur is India’s first fisherwoman.
The actress describes her fashion sense as effortless.
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal is in the fifth position and the only Indian American on the list.
Kozhikode-based Priya’s dance school envisions dance as a balm for wounded souls.
Thaliparamba-based Nafeeza Shafi crafts a variety of objects using newspaper.
Solanki Halder, 27, has overcome breast cancer with her steely resolve and steady support from her beloved.
Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu is the world champion in the 48-kilogram category, only the second Indian woman to win a gold medal at the worlds after Karnam Malleswari.
For 33-year-old Raji, who has rescued more than 119 slithering reptiles, snake catching is a social service.
Dr. Bina Thomas Tharakan’s heritage walks through the alleys and lanes of the capital city reveal a world of wonder to the uninitiated.
And when it comes to cinema, Aashrita Kamath from Andhra Pradesh sees no gender bias.
It was by sheer accident that Pathanamthitta-based MS Sunil began her house-building spree to help the homeless.
Deprived of sight at a very tender age, Wayanad-based Zeenath defied her disability to become a music teacher.
… but you’ve probably never heard of her.
The state-level weightlifting champions will be part of the Kerala team in the national championship to be held in Andhra Pradesh in February.
Despite her age, yesteryear tennis champion Saraswathy Rao is in perfect and is the perfect example of healthy aging.
The feisty single mom is on a mission to raise funds for educating 100 underprivileged girls.
Jaseena Kadavil, who became a star on social media after helping actor Aristo Suresh drop some decades with a dapper makeover, talks to Onmanorama Women about her new campaign.
Daughter of renowned filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Aswathi is the additional commissioner of Mumbai Armed Force.
In a rundown neighborhood in Malda in West Bengal, three transwomen have turned teachers for Dalit children in Bengal.
India exists in its warps and wefts for this freelance photographer and biker who's traveling solo across the length and breadth of the country.
Thrissur-based Vini Venugopal paints three-dimensional pictures with her fingers.
Meenakshyamma can put a youngster to shame with a twirl of her sword.
To the very eloquent old woman, the latest “display” was just another episode in a series of such jumps.
The two women saved the lives of two children with Thalassemia disorder.
Speedster Shyni Rajkumar helps women shed their inhibitions to ride off to their aspirations.
The 11-year-old girl, who has more than 100 designs to her credit, has even made her presence felt at the Dubai International Fashion Week.
The Kathak legend is seen in a pink costume posing elegantly at the center of the graphic, with the accompaniments of instruments; ghungroo, tabla and sitar marking her 97th birthday.
The Tiruvalla-based musician was the key organizer of a concert that brought the Mozart of Madras over to Boston.
For the past seven years, Ashla has been a pillar of support for many who were left indisposed by diseases, accidents and disasters.
There are many daunting challenges that came their way, but their single-minded dedication towards their cause kept them going.
Sharada Thampi has won the Kerala Youth Welfare Board’s 2016 Vivekananda Award for young artist.
The bond between the duo became a fable of sorts when the woman coaxed the adamant jumbo to walk home without any fuss one day.
And guess what, there’s no end to her surprises.
The 2017 World's 100 Most Powerful Women identifies a "new generation of icons, game-changers and gate crashers who are boldly scaling new heights and transforming the world," Forbes said.
The Kozhikode-based artist was recently awarded the prestigious Lalitha Kala Akademi Award for one of her paintings.
Praising the teacher's act, the chief minister told the crowd gathered at Chirakuni to try emulate her.
V. Desni has lost count of the number of medals she won for the country from 2004 to 2017.
The story of Chawla’s journey from Haryana to become the first Indian-origin woman on a space mission gave the schoolgirl in Koduvally her wings of fire.
She passed the SSLC examination with flying colors but she could not join a higher class due to her physical challenges.
A Kollam native, Shanti Sathyan recently snapped up a Guinness World Records title with her photographic memory.
It’s through Uma Hariharan’s books that people from Tamil Nadu come to see the splendor of our temples.
Located on the Venkatadra Street at Purasawalkam, Malayalam Vidyalayam is a much sought-after school in TAmil Nadu, thanks to the distinct teaching methods and cent percent win rate.
No ordinary woman, this! Hailing from Kanjirappally in Kerala, Ancy is a source of succor to the hapless scum of society, the rejected and the abandoned.
While most people take four to five years just to walk on a prosthetic limb, Arunima Sinha stood on top of the Mt. Everest just two years after an incident in 2011 where she was thrown off a moving train by a bunch of goons.
Meet Nisha Purushothaman from Paravoor, Kollam, who wields the camera in the wild.
Fazeela Sulaiman will be the first doctor from Vizhinjam harbor when she completes her medical education.
The Ministry of Cultural Affairs has empanelled dancer Aswathy Nair as 'Promising Artist' in Mohiniyattam.
The celebrity sisters-in-law serve liquor at Thodupuzha Joance Regency bar.
The Complete Actor tops the list of most visited Indian celebrity websites.
Actress Manju Warrier gets candid with Onmanorama Women in an exclusive interview.
The mother superior at Sneha Jyoti, Sister Jisa runs the children's home in Parapurathu near Kanjoor, and in Pulluvazhi near Perumbavoor.
A granny to a seven-year-old and two-year-old, Gigi returned to her true calling, the art arena, and did her arangettam (debut on-stage performance) in Kathakali at the age of 57.
Sreelekha’s promotion is a crack on the glass ceiling, just as in 1988 when she became the first woman IPS officer in Kerala.
Women of Kerala are well trained to be happy in each stage of their life. But few of them are trained to face depression, says Thiruvananthapuram sub collector Divya S Iyer.
Kerala Governor P Sathasivam launched a website featuring women writers from the state to mark the International Women's day.
Anargha had been selected for Manorama's Nalla Padhom scholarship after her performance was noted in last year’s school arts festival.