Mahadai Das (1954 – 2003) was a Guyanese beauty queen, poet and activist. She studied at UG and UWI. She received a B.A. in Philosophy from Columbia University and an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Chicago. Das was one of the first Indo-Caribbean women to be published. She wrote poetry of liberation that attempted to bypass politics and race to address issues of nationhood, caste and women in traditional Indian society. She once wrote “I want to be a poetess, a beautiful, exalted instrument, for my people.”
Picture from Chutney Ink.
This is part of a series I’m doing for S4 Foundation during Women’s History Month. Will continue to share the Guyanese women on this blog.