Dancing Queens: Mumbai’s transgender troupe uses dance to demand rights

"Dancing Queen" a professional transgender -led dance troupe, performing more than 14 years, this group of 20-25 members have been promoting the welfare of transgenders through various events. The Dancing Queens use dance as a medium to highlight the struggles of the transgender community and also to spread awareness and demand for equal rights for their community.

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A member of Dancing Queens, a professional transgender-led troupe, during a performance at Parel in Mumbai on Saturday. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

A member of Dancing Queens, a professional transgender-led troupe, during a performance at Parel in Mumbai on Saturday. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

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For more than 14 years, this group of 25 members have been promoting the welfare of transgenders through various events. Here, two dancers help each other get ready for a performance. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

For more than 14 years, this group of 25 members have been promoting the welfare of transgenders through various events. Here, two dancers help each other get ready for a performance. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

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Pooja, just before her performance on Saturday. The event was organised by the Tweet Foundation (Transgender Welfare Equity and Empowerment Trust) and the Humsafar Trust. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

Pooja, just before her performance on Saturday. The event was organised by the Tweet Foundation (Transgender Welfare Equity and Empowerment Trust) and the Humsafar Trust. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

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Dancers get ready in the green room. The Dancing Queens use dance as a medium to highlight the struggles of the transgender community. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

Dancers get ready in the green room. The Dancing Queens use dance as a medium to highlight the struggles of the transgender community. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

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The members said they look forward to such events, as it not only helps them spread awareness and demand for equal rights for their community, but also gives them a chance to express themselves. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

The members said they look forward to such events, as it not only helps them spread awareness and demand for equal rights for their community, but also gives them a chance to express themselves. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

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Pooja takes time out for a selfie before the show. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

Pooja takes time out for a selfie before the show. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

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The Dancing Queens know a range of dance forms, such as Tamasha, Koli and Gondhal. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

The Dancing Queens know a range of dance forms, such as Tamasha, Koli and Gondhal. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

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And, they have some fun too, performing to peppy Bollywood songs. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

And, they have some fun too, performing to peppy Bollywood songs. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

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A performer interacts with the audience at Damodar Hall. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

A performer interacts with the audience at Damodar Hall. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

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The hall was packed for Saturday’s event , which was held to raise funds for the community. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

The hall was packed for Saturday’s event , which was held to raise funds for the community. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

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