Allow me be, just another being/ I’m just a shade in the rainbow/ Allow me be, what I truly am/ A brilliant shade in the rainbow.
Composer and musician Krishnakumar Venkitachalam wrote this chorus to his Rainbow Song during the gay rights agitation in 2008. Two years down the line, the song once again captured the spirit of the queer movement when he sang it during a concert at Bandra’s Carter Road promenade on Thursday night.
The concert, which had five gigs by rock bands with queer members, was part of the on-going celebrations of the Queer Pride Week, which will culminate in the annual Queer Pride March on Saturday. “I may be gay, but I identify myself more as a human being. My song is about liberation and human rights for all minorities,” said Kris, the name by which Venkitachalam is popularly known.
Kris, a medical doctor by qualification, took up rock music when he moved to Mumbai from Kerala in 2005, and is a member of three bands in the city — he plays the bass guitar with Shor Bazaar and Cirkles, and is a guitarist and vocalist for his own venture, Ideat Savante. All three bands performed in the concert, along with Anand Bhaskar’s band MH04 and city-based lesbian punk performers Alisha Batth and Alish Pais.