I am a Doctoral Researcher at Cardiff School of Art and Design. I am investigating how to (re)claiming ‘the Kamasutra’ through InfoGraphics as a means to provide an empowering reconnection with its history for modern Indian women. “I am an Indian woman”, I believe, it is enough to examine this research project. Because as an Indian, I heard and read a lot about increasing sexual violence in India. The previous studies found, it happened due to the low status of women in society because a man shows domination over a woman (Sawant, 2016). Consequently, I argue on toxic masculinity which shows aggression and domination (Kuper, 2005).
To investigate the research project, my inspiration comes from the Indian ancient text ‘the Kamasutra’. Two thousand years ago,Vatsyayana (an Indian author) wrote the cultural manual; it defines the psychological war of independence towards sexual freedom (Doniger, 2016). It does not show casteism and gender inequality. The main focus of this study is to improve the status of Indian women through a feminist reclamation and interpretation of ‘the Kamasutra’. The purpose of this research is to give the power to the sexuality of female and bring the feminist principles from ‘the Kamasutra’ to hyper modernization. Therefore, the research would scrutinize feminist hermeneutics enquiry to discover an ancient scripture and define how the values of ‘the Kamasutra’ describe gender equality, and how women feel empowered in society. Moreover, the graphics I aim to create would work as weapons for the safety of females and connect with the world of ‘the Kamasutra’ for equality in contemporary Indian society with the visual ethnographic approach.