Voice to the Unvoiced: Beautiful Black Dalit Women in Yendluri Sudhakar ‘s Poem ‘DARKY’
Dr.T.Malathi Gabriel
Colour Prejudice – darky – Black Beauty – Black Aesthetics – Dalit Culture
Human life is an amalgamation of fancies and fantasies, joys and sorrows which interprets the varied facets expressed in milieu, culture and ethos. It reflects the beauty of nature, character and life style of an individual. Writers gets inspiration from their own culture and presents the appreciation of beauty through their work of art. It showcases aestheticism with special reference to experiences of an individual as a person or as an observer. The Present work delineates the Poem ‘Darky’ by Yendluri Sudhakar as a celebration of dark black skin to redefine the beauty standards with poetic sensibility. It is a known fact that stereotypes consider fairness and beauty are associated with white colour and hence discrimination based on skin tone is attached to black colour. Colour prejudice connotes blemish rather than beauty. Dark skin is subjected to lower castes and results in traumatic experiences based on caste and colour. The poem ‘Darky’ by Yendluri Sudhakar, a famous Telugu poet, Professor, Researcher and Translator offers an opportunity to acknowledge and promote dark skinned lady as natural beauty against the domination of upper-class prejudices for consideration of beauty. The poem has poetic sensibility and aesthetic appeal. He writes about his own culture and realistic portrayal of woman in black complexion. The artistic expression on the beauty of ‘an outcast woman’ with dark complexion is novel theme. Sudhakar used regional vernacular language to present Dalit life and Dalit world, with an aim to give voice to a culture that had been silenced for centuries.
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Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 8, Issue 11

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