Hyderabad: Coinciding with the birthday of ‘Nightingale of India’ Sarojini Naidu, University of Hyderabad (UoH) in association with Red Brigade, Lucknow, celebrated National Women’s Day at Golden Threshold in Abids on Tuesday.
As part of the birth anniversary of the poet and freedom fighter, 15 members of the Red Brigade on Tuesday embarked on a 17-day rally from Sarojini Naidu’s birth place ‘Golden Threshold’ which will culminate at Governor’s House, Lucknow, where she breathed her last.
The rally will cover 1,500 kms before reaching Lucknow on March 2. En route, the Red Brigade girls will perform street plays based on Sarojini Naidu and also screen short films.
Speaking on the occasion, UoH Vice-Chancellor P Appa Rao said a host of programmes will be organised every year on the occasion of Sarojini Naidu’s birthday as National Women’s Day.
“One of our 12 schools is named after the great poet and is called Sarojini Naidu School of Performing Arts, Fine Arts and Communication,” he said.
The varsity has submitted proposals to the University Grants Commission (UGC) to protect and preserve the heritage building ‘Golden Threshold’ for organising various cultural events, Prof Appa Rao said.
Stressing the need for women to fight violence against them, Usha Vishwakarma, founder of the Red Brigade, said that women had to be taught self-defence techniques to combat incidents of violence, eve-teasing and assault.