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When music replaced masks

delhi Updated: Jul 04, 2009 02:23 IST
Rajesh Ahuja
Rajesh Ahuja
Hindustan Times
When music replaced masks

The otherwise sombre venue reverberated with songs of triumph on Thursday, a few hours after the historic judgment legalising homosexuality.

The ones crooning their hearts out till 1:30 am had settled inside Pegs N Pints bar in Chanakyapuri to embrace a newly found freedom.

Masks, for a change, didn't conceal their smiles. They bade them — and their fears —adieu in the morning itself.

The celebratory bash organised by Queer Pride Community at the joint on Thursday night was a grand success.

“More than 200 people gathered to celebrate gaydom. Among those present were renowned names from the art and design fraternity. While many were dressed to thrill, others sang songs sitting outside the pub and had a rocking time dancing to groovy remixes,” said Manish Sharma of BoyZone, a support group that’s also organising a similar get-together at Polka - The Club in Kailash Colony on Saturday.

Armed with a rare sense of pride after the court judgment, the LGBT community is on a high. Club owners, too, are adding to the fun by organising special nights to complement the commemorative mood.

A.D. Singh of ai, for instance, organised a special party at his hip joint in Saket on Friday.

“The party was attended by leading members of the gay community and revelers had a fabulous time dancing to DJ Iggy’s electro-pop and house mixes. We decked up the lounge by putting up mirror balls and smoke machines,” said Singh.

Web designer Zacharie Radehi, a French national staying in Delhi, said, “It was a historic moment and couldn’t have passed us by without a blast.”

The trademark rainbow, which coloured the ambience in hues of glee, also extended its radius to cover Pure by Kuki in Masjid Moth. The upmarket watering hole pumped up the party fever further by serving free drinks to LGBTs.

Said resident DJ Rummy, “They needn’t be afraid of wearing their sexuality up the sleeves anymore. Hence, we gave out complimentary drinks to gays and lesbians at the gig last night.”

The party doesn’t stop just as yet. After shaking a leg at private bashes at farmhouses and rooftops in Delhi and NCR through the weekend, the community will be treated to a fab nightout by F Bar & Lounge on Thursday next week.

Said resident DJ Ashish Nagpal, “Though we’re still planning how to make the experience more special, Thursday’s will be a rocking bash.” We believe you, Mr DJ.

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