Jyotsna Siddharth (She/They) is an actor, intersectional queer artist, activist and writer.
Arun Vijai Mathavan, from the series “Millenia of Oppression” (2016) for Sive, Walking Upon Bodies (2020).
They have worked with several non-profits, bilateral organizations and are currently India Lead for Gender At Work. Jyotsna’s praxis spreads across intersections of social, art, activism, theatre, acting, development, caste-gender, feminist and queer spaces. Their interests are multidisciplinary, experimental and fluid from storytelling, embodied practice, acting, writing and building community dialogue to supporting systems for making multiple medium work collaborative, intersectional and inclusive. Jyotsna embodies and wishes to push boundaries of comfort, build nuances, criticality, compassion and resilience. They have been on several panels and actively involved with protests and social movements in India. Jyotsna’s work has featured in Times of India, The Hindu, Roundtable India, Savari, Feminism in India, Smashboard, Ashoka Literature Festival, Mid-Day, The Rights Collective UK, The Citizen, India Culture Lab, Khirkee Voice and many more. They are a co-founder of Sive (2017), founder of Project Anti Caste Love (2018), Dalit Feminism Archive (2019), Purple Library (2020), co- organized the first Indian adaptation of ‘A Rapist in Your Way’- the Chilean feminist collective Las Tesis in 2019, Delhi. Jyotsna has Masters in Development Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and Social Anthropology from School of Oriental and African Studies, London and a Chevening Scholar (2014).