Jaspreet Kaur, better known as Behind the Netra for her poetry is a spoken word artist from East London focused on sharing her thoughts on gender issues, historical topics, positive social change and taboo subjects both in the Asian community and wider society. By day, she is a secondary school History teacher, with an academic background in both History and Gender Studies. Her work aims to tackle issues related to gender discrimination, mental health stigma, decolonisation and more. As well as performing poetry, Behind the Netra also provides workshops and motivational talks for all ages.
Over the last two years she has performed all around the UK, including Box Park Shoreditch, Theatre Royal London, Oxford University, City Hall, The House of Lords, Trafalgar Square, Sadler Wells Theatre and shows for charitable causes with charities such as Action for Children, PlanUK, What You Do Matters, Billion Women and others.
Some of her most proudest achievements thus far include performing at the NHS annual conference, TEDxUCLWomen, Women of the World Global and here inspirational TED talk with TEDxLondon on ‘How Poetry Saved My Life.’ Her creativity has also led Behind the Netra to opportunities such as featuring in a short film with Idris Elba, appearing on a BBC Three short and working with the UN on the HeforShe Campaign. This year she also had the honour of performing for Her Majesty the Queen at the annual Commonwealth Service in Westminister Abbey. The performance was broadcast live to 2.4 billion viewers around the world.
It's been an incredible year for Behind the Netra, winning the Asian Women of Achievement Award by Women of the Future in the Arts and Culture category, winning the ‘We Are The City’ Rising Star Award for her work in Education and Academia, being shortlisted for the National Diversity Award for being a Positive Role Model and finally being voted one of the Top 10 Inspirational Sikh Women in the UK.
The journey continues into 2018, with more performances, writing, teaching and saving the world!