7 Indian Women That Have Broken Barriers in Creative Industries

Even today, many creative fields, especially the fields of animation, design, filmmaking, etc, are led by men. It’s not hard to find and name the best men in these fields. Establishing a space for women who conquer these fields is still a work in progress, and yet, there are those who have achieved excellence against the odds. Let’s honor a few of these talented women that have created an impact that shapes the innovation and creativity in the future.

Alankrita Shrivastava


Alankrita Shrivastava made her mark in independent filmmaking after the success of her most recent film Lipstick Under My Burkha. Having worked with Prakash Jha on several projects, her bold and undiluted style of storytelling undeniably captivated the masses.

Anuradha Pal
Tabla Virtuoso


Anuradha Pal has established her place as the Tabla virtuoso across the globe. Considered one of the most skilled tabla players in the world, she is also dubbed the “first professional female tabla player in the world” by Encyclopedia Britannica. As a disciple of Ustad Alla Rakha and Zakir Hussain, she has performed at the most prestigious and varied venues in the world, including the Woodstock Festival.

Rupi Kaur


Twenty-five year-old Rupi Kaur is considered one of the most renowned modern poets today. This Indian-Canadian poet, writer, illustrator, and performer already has two published books under her belt and has used social media as a tool to explore and share her talent with the world.

Shivalini Kumar
Graphic Designer, Illustrator


Not many graphic designers or illustrators can say that they have been recognised by a name such as Photoshop on an international scale. Shivalini Kumar, an India-born and Denmark-based graphic Designer and Illustrator, is one of the few who can acquiesce to that. She was featured in the brand’s 25 Under 25 list, and for good reason. Having worked for brands such as Warner Bros and making her mark in the world of design through Chumbak’s idiosyncratic stylization, she’s an incredible example of how skill and success can go hand-in-hand.

Nimrit Kaur


Model-turned-actor Nimrit Kaur has had an interesting journey, having played several groundbreaking and strong female characters. After starring in the critically acclaimed films Peddler & The Lunchbox, she went on to act in the hit American TV show Homeland.

Masaba Gupta
Fashion Designer


Masaba Gupta is known for her quirky and creative collections, taking inspiration from unusual muses, for instance, Roman Payne’s novel, The Wanderess. Her style is a mix of contemporary and traditional, which she blends together with utmost finesse, resulting in her growing popularity among present fashion lovers. Her unusual taste in fabrics and design makes her stand out from the many famous fashion designers in India.

Anupriya Acharya
CEO, Publicis Media India


In the male-dominated industry of media and advertising, Anupriya Acharya, CEO of the Indian sector of Public Media has made a name for herself. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, she’s known as one of the most remarkable women in advertising. Her work, as well as the work of the other women on this list, is a source of unending inspiration to every creative professional in India and beyond.

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