Turning heads in a sensational music video, the Indian skateboarding scene, specifically, the skateboarders of Bangalore was highlighted in a song called ‘Alpha Female’ published by the famous English band, Wild Beasts. The video ideates and celebrates women who have contributed in bringing about a change and breaking societal taboos.
Leading the charge in the video is 25-year-old Atita Verghese, India’s first professional skateboarder.
Speaking on the unique concept of the video to The Wire, director Sasha Rainbow underlined why she chose to focus on Bengaluru’s women skateboarders. “The current political climate in the west and attitudes of intolerance and sexism across the world, I wanted to create a video that celebrates everyone who takes the risk to be themselves.”
In 2013, Verghese and the HolyStoked Collective worked together to build a skatepark in Bengaluru and also coordinated to teach underprivileged how to skate. In addition to this, they also taught their young students English, maths and photography. Then, they received funding from a German NGO to build ten more parks in other parts of India and five outside the country as well.
Verghese had also crafted a documentary of an all-girls skateboarding tour she did with 12 other female skateboarders from nine different countries. The group visited four Indian cities in 2015, travelling the country by bus to teach children about skateboarding.