Live Adventurously on the Cultural Trail & “Doctor Rakhmabai” Screening
Indiana Historical SocietySat, Aug 19 10:00 AM Buy Tickets
Film Info
Film Type:Narrative Feature
Release Year:2017
Runtime:124 min
Production Country:INDIA
Original Language:Marathi
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Ananth Narayan Mahadevan
Nandu Achrekar
Cast:Tannishtha Chatterjee
Prasad Oak
Bharat Dabholkar
Santosh Juvekar
Join Heartland Film for a day of adventure in downtown Indianapolis! Choose either a bike ride along the Cultural Trail or yoga on the Indianapolis Canal Walk before a screening of Doctor Rakhmabai at the Indiana Historical Society.


10:00 am  – 12:00 pm   

Bike Ride along the Cultural Trail or Yoga on the Indianapolis Canal Walk (choose one)

  • Both adventure experiences include a boxed lunch


12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Lunch along the Cultural Trail for participants of the adventure experiences


1:00 pm

Doctor Rakhmabai Screening


Film Synopsis: Dr. Rakhmabai (1864-1955) was an Indian woman who became one of the first practicing female doctors in colonial India. She was a social anomaly in many ways as she initiated the battle against gender discrimination within India. She was at the heart of a landmark legal case which led to the enactment of the Age of Consent Act, 1891. When she was eleven years old, she was married to a nineteen-year-old man – Daja Bhika - as was the custom of the day. She continued to live in the house of her widowed mother Jayantibai who had remarried. Her step-father, assistant surgeon Sakharam Arjun recognized her intelligence and delighted in teaching her the wisdom of ancient medicines and plants. When Dada asked Rakhmabai to move to his home, she refused and was soundly supported by her step-father. Her actions initiated a series of court cases which began in 1884, amid a ground swell of public debate on the horrors of child marriage. Her case won the support of many respected people, and when she made known her wish to study medicine, a fund was raised for her to travel and study medicine at the London School of medicine. She graduated and returned to India in 1895, becoming one of India's first women doctors. She left a legacy for women that remains intact today.