Interview with Bama
Bama (born 1958), also known as Bama Faustina Soosairaj, is a Tamil, Dalit feminist, teacher and writer. Her autobiographical novel Karukku (1992) chronicles the joys and sorrows experienced by Dalit Christian women in Tamil Nadu. She subsequently wrote two more novels, Sangati (1994) and Vanmam (2002) along with two collections of short stories: Kusumbukkaran (1996) and Oru Tattvum Erumaiyum (2003).
Bama was born as Faustina Mary Fatima Rani in a Roman Catholic family from Puthupatti in the then Madras State. Later she adopted 'Bama' as her pen name. Susairaj was her father and Sebasthiamma, her mother. Bama's novels focus on caste and gender discrimination. She propagates Dalit feminism through her writings.
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