Masala Chat Project - Dr. Nagamani Beligere Dharmapuri

Dr. Nagamani Beligere Dharmapuri (Masala Chat Project)

Full Oral History Interview

Transcript (Document)

Birthplace

Description

Nagamani Beligere Dharmapuri, 82, is a pioneering pediatric physician who came to the US on her own in the early 1960s. The interview includes discussion of her fight throughout her life to defy expectations of her gender and to be paid what she deserved. She discusses her early life and the influence of her father who was a progressive politician and a devotee of Shaivism. Nagamani benefited from the help of a diverse array of people who helped her acclimate to living in the US alone, but she eventually met and married a fellow Indian doctor. She discusses the balance required to have children and practice medicine successfully, and therefore opened her own practice. Other topics discussed include: the importance of music in her life, the financial incentives for working in the US, the politics of wearing her sari, and her involvement in community organizations.

Identifier

oh682

License

Creative Commons License (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

Date Recorded

February 16, 2017

Interviewer

Joel Gonzalez

Extent

01:08:46

Date Of Birth

1935

Place of Birth or Hometown

Tumkur, India

Date of Immigration

1963

Reason for Immigration

Higher compensation

Port of Entry

Seattle, WA

Occupation

Physician

Occupation of Parent(s)

Attorney, Notary (father); Homemaker (mother)

Family's Religion

Hinduism, Shaivism

Languages Spoken

Kannada English

Schooling

medical school in India

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