Atita Verghese, India’s first professional skateboarder, at the Desert Dolphin Skatepark in Rajasthan, India. Photo: Poornabodh via HolyStoked

India’s female skateboarders look to break with tradition, empower others, and shatter stereotypes

  • Highlighted in music video Alpha Female by English band Wild Beasts, the skateboarding craze is sweeping India, and prompting cultural change
  • India’s first professional skateboarder, Atita Verghese, wants girls to use the sport to break down social barriers, and have fun doing it
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Atita Verghese, India’s first professional skateboarder, at the Desert Dolphin Skatepark in Rajasthan, India. Photo: Poornabodh via HolyStoked
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Bhakti Mathur

Bhakti Mathur

Bhakti took to writing in 2010 when she created the popular Amma, Tell Me series of children’s picture books about Indian festivals and mythology. After a long stint as a banker, she now juggles her time between her writing, her passion for yoga and long-distance running, and her family.