Back in January, Kalki Koechlin’s video poem, The Printing Machine, made a stirring statement on media’s representation of women. The video poem was highly applauded by viewers as a bold and unique attempt to shatter stereotypes that society had prescribed for women.


This morning, Kalki received a letter from Melinda Gates appreciating her efforts on bringing attention to the violence and discrimination against women in India.


The letter says:

Dear Ms Koechlin:

I appreciate your taking time to join me in a discussion on empowering women and girls in India. Your video poem, The Printing Machine, was both powerful and thought-provoking.Thank you for bringing attention to violence and discrimination against women. Your voice helps bring much needed attention and support to these issues — and I am grateful for your efforts. It was a pleasure meeting you during my visit.

Sincerely,Melinda Gates.

Melinda Gates is an American philanthropist who is also the co-founder of ‘Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’.

In recognition of her philanthropic work in India, Melinda and Bill were jointly awarded ‘Padma Bhushan’ in 2015.


Kalki and Miranda met last month on Barkha Dutt’s She The People to discuss gender equality in India.


Cheers to Kalki for pushing this issue on an international platform. Here’s hoping that this message reaches the right ears!