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In gay pride month, celebrate queer cinema, dance, design

Godrej India Culture Lab is throwing a day-long bash celebrating the queer aesthetic, to mark 10 years since Mumbai’s first pride march.

mumbai Updated: Jan 20, 2018 13:10 IST
Dipanjan Sinha
Boys of Safdarjung, a film by Manasa Madishetty about a group of queer people living in a Delhi housing colony, will be screened.
Boys of Safdarjung, a film by Manasa Madishetty about a group of queer people living in a Delhi housing colony, will be screened.
Queer Aesthetics Now!
  • When: Sunday, 11 am onwards
  • Where: Godrej One, Vikhroli East
  • Contact: Indiaculturelab.org for details
  • Entry is free

“It has been ten years since Mumbai had its first pride march. Over the decade, the participants have increased dramatically, with the most recent one attended by over 14,000 people,” says Parmesh Shahani, head of the Godrej India Culture Lab in Vilkroli.

It’s reason to celebrate. The Lab has planned Queer Aesthetics Now! a day-long event featuring queer cinema, design and performance looks at the transformation and the future of the LGBT community. Thirteen award-winning films from the Kashish festival will be screened. Five queer fashion designers will show works. And there’s a performance by the popular, transgender-led troupe, Dancing Queens.

Shahani says the event showcases how queer voices are expressing themselves now. “Even after Article 377, which makes homosexuality illegal, is repealed, the queer community’s integration with rest of the society will remain a challenge,’ he says. “But one can be hopeful about the rise in solidarity of straight people in the last decade. Be it the pride march or other events, the participation by straight people is huge.”

The event will close with a performance by transgender-led band, Dancing Queens.

Some of the films depict the change too. “More and more people are bringing their lived lives to the fore with their stories,” he says. The animation film, Machher Jhol, features a boy who cooks fish curry for his father and then opens up to him about his orientation. “The film is beautiful. A story of a regular life told with an understated and organic sensitivity.” Shahani says.

Perhaps the biggest change is that you don’t have to scream your orientation as gay or trans visually. “There is something understated even in the clothes on display,” Shahani says.

Visual artist Nikhil D’s film, Boys of Safdarjung, is about the experience of group of queers living in a Delhi colony. “A lot about the queer experience is changing as more people are opening up to their parents. Being accepted by family is a huge push for a person’s confidence,” he says.

Dancing Queens closes the celebration with tributes to Raj Kapoor, Subhash Ghai and Dadasaheb Phalke.