Racism runs deep in India's history, its roots intertwined with colonialism and caste. But while the colonisers have left the building, their legacy continues to find expression in a prejudice that manifests in everything from relationship prospects to hiring practices.

The project, first seen in Motherland magazine, will continue to take shape in the coming months via this online repository of images and interviews, and will culminate in a rich media exhibition later this year that expands this roster. The notion of a "black list" might suggest a negative association, but in Dark & Lovely this list is a chronicle of achievement, and evidence that we're not just the product of our traditions.

Amrita Mahindroo

Amrita Mahindroo

Anoushka Dabholkar

Anoushka Dabholkar

Aparna Murali

Aparna Murali

Deepshikha Khanna

Deepshikha Khanna

Juhi Pande

Juhi Pande

Lakshmi Menon

Lakshmi Menon

Mudita Chandra

Mudita Chandra

Nandita Chandra

Nandita Chandra

Shanel Chellaram

Shanel Chellaram

Sheetal Mallar

Sheetal Mallar

Susmita Mohanty

Susmita Mohanty