Thenmozhi Soundararajan is a filmmaker, transmedia artist and storyteller. She is also the executive director of Third World Majority, a women of color media and technology justice training and organizing institution based in Oakland, California. She is also a co-founder of the Media Justice Network, and Third World Majority is one of the network’s national anchor organizations. In that context she has worked with over 300 community organizations across the United States.
Soundararajan has used storytelling to speak about casteism within the Indian diaspora. She has worked with bassist Marvin Etizioni on her debut blues album, Broken People, which was a collection of liberation songs about people belonging to the Black and Dalit community. Her essay and a photo series about her Dalit experience in the United States was published in Outlook magazine.
In 2015, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation included her in their first group of Artist as Activist fellows. The has used this fellowship to work on #DalitWomenFight, a transmedia project and activist movement.
Soundararajan has been involved in the curation and creation of Dalit History Month, a radical history project. Its goal is to share Dalit historians’ research, which is a deviation from many scholarly projects which have studied Dalit history without leadership or collaboration from Dalits.