A video featuring a group of eunuchs singing the national anthem has gone viral with more than 50,000 views.
Through the video, the singers have thanked the government for giving them recognition as the third gender. From lawyers to airline staff to chefs, they now stand a chance to take up any dignified career, the video shows.
Titled ‘Bharatiya…Hum Bhi Hai’, the video was uploaded on Thursday evening.
The members featuring in the video were brought together by Mumbai-based LBGT rights group The Humsafar Trust for a group of young film-makers.
Pallav Patankar, director of Humsafar, said, “Although it’s not the first time that eunuchs have grabbed national attention through their expression, this video is unique. Watching them sing Jana Gana Mana, one gets a rude shock at how they fight for petty rights such as the right to pursue a career of their choice. Through their expression, they are also demanding the government to move beyond tokenism.”
“While normal people aim to become doctors or engineers, people from this community are forced to perform at ceremonies for their livelihood or ask for money in exchange of blessings. They struggle even for employment. We wanted to highlight their feelings about independence,” said Tushar Pandey, 22, an animation student who conceptualised and made the video, along with friends Sarkar Neel and Viru Chaurasiya, under their newly started banner of Yathartha Pictures.
In February 2012, a landmark Supreme Court judgment recognised transgenders as the third gender in the country.
Urmi Jadhav, who features in the video, said, “Although it is not easy for our community to come out in the open and express ourselves, some of us readily took up this challenge. The response to the video is heart-rending.”