Priya’s Shakti (Chapter 1)


Story by Ram Devineni & Vikas K. Menon and Art by Dan Goldman.

SYNOPSIS: The storyline focuses on Priya, a human woman and ardent devotee of the Goddess Parvati who has experienced a brutal rape and the social stigma and isolation resulting from it. The Goddess Parvati is horrified to learn about the sexual violence that women on Earth face on a daily basis and is determined to change this disturbing reality. Inspired by the Goddess, Priya breaks her silence. She sings a message of women’s empowerment that enraptures thousands and moves them to take action against GBV around the world. This project highlights the threat of sexual harassment and violence that women face on a daily basis unless deeply rooted patriarchal norms are challenged. Available in English, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, and Hindi.


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PRIYA’S SHAKTI (Portuguese)
Uma nova super-heroína surgiu na India na época de um brutal estupro num ônibus de Delhi dois anos atrás: Priya, uma mortal que foi violentada, mas reagiu lutando contra violência sexual com a ajuda da deusa Parvati – e um tigre. –THE GUARDIAN. História por Ram Devineni e Vikas K. Menon. Arte por Dan Goldman. Traduzido por Karine Bender. (baixar PDF)

Dopo il brutale stupro di gruppo di due anni fa su un autobus di Nuova Delhi arriva in India una nuova eroina: Priya, donna mortale a sua volta vittima di abusi, ma pronta a lottare contro la violenza sessuale con l’aiuto della dea Parvati… e di una tigre. –THE GUARDIAN. Soggetto di Ram Devineni e Vikas K. Menon. Illustrazioni di Dan Goldman. Traduzione di Mila Fahren. (scaricare PDF)

Una nueva superheroína llega a India tras la brutal violación en grupo que se había cometido en un autobús dos años antes: Priya, una mujer mortal que había sido a su vez víctima de un estupro pero que luchará contra la violencia sexual con la ayuda de la diosa Parvati… Y de un tigre”. –THE GUARDIAN. Argumento: Ram Devineni y Vikas K. Menon. Ilustraciones: Dan Goldman. Traducción: Natalia Contreras de la Llave. (descargar PDF)

The comic book returns to its roots in Hindi. Story by Ram Devineni & Vikas K. Menon and Art by Dan Goldman. Translated by Shubhra Prakash.  (Download PDF)

A new superhero has arisen in India in the wake of the brutal gang rape on a Delhi bus two years ago: Priya, a mortal woman who is raped herself, but who fights back against sexual violence with the help of the goddess Parvati – and a tiger. – The Guardian

Priya’s Shakti is a comic book with a big mission. Smart girls stands with Priya. – Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls

The use of cutting-edge mobile and digital technologies in the comic book and related exhibit, along with the bold yet nuanced treatment of sexual violence, makes Priya’s Shakti a model for the future of Indian comic books.— Guernica Magazine

Priya’s Shakti is a path-breaking superhero who fights for women’s rights and equality. – India Express

An absolutely awesome comic book, with a rape survivor as it’s leading character, fighting sexual violence. – Cosmopolitan

Priya may have a badass tiger for a companion and a goddess who has her back, but it is Priya’s belief in herself and hope for a better world that is truly her superpower. – SYFY Wire


TEAM: RAM DEVINENI, DAN GOLDMAN & VIKAS K. MENON, Co-writers. DAN GOLDMAN, Artist. LINA SRIVASTAVA, Transmedia Producer & Impact Strategist. CHRISTIAN POPP, Co-Producer. RENE VERON, Music & Sound. SHUBHRA PRAKASH, Voice-over & Narration. SHIKHA BHATNAGAR, Gender-Based Violence Advisor. TUSHAR PRAKASH, Film Production. MARGARITA KOROL, Co-Producer.  DAVID ROJAS, Co-Producer. ROHIT PRAKASH, APP Developer. PRANAV JAIN, Hindi Translation.  KARINE BENDER, Portuguese Translation. MILA FAHREN, Italian Translation. NATALIA CONTRERAS DE LA LLAVE, Spanish Translation. ELEONORE BOISSINOT & ZEINA ABI ASSY, Associate Producers. JOAN HILTY & CATHERINE FLETCHER, Editors. RUCHIRA GUPTA, Advisor. Priya’s Shakti APP produced by HuHuba APP.

The comic book was funded by by the Tribeca Film Institute’s New Media Fund from the Ford Foundation, Asian Women Giving Circle through the Ms. Foundation, and developed Crossover labs and Made in NY Media Center By IFP. Also, funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.