Friday, September 13, 2013

Radio rainbow

Happenings, Sep '13 (update 2)
Sukhdeep Singh reports on the launch of Q Radio, an online radio channel targeted at lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender listeners

Bangalore, September 13, 2013: Q Radio, India’s first radio channel targeted at a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (queer) audience, was launched on September 11, 2013 by, a radio station which offers over 30 channels catering to different interests. The channel would be available 24×7 and listeners would be able to access it through a computer or mobile device. The channel offers a mix of information and entertainment, and promises to provide a platform for queer community voices.

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Aathmika – born of soul

Happenings, Sep '13 (update 1)
Rudra Kishore Mandal and Pawan Dhall report on a debut painting exhibition by audio-visual journalist Amitabha Sengupta

Kolkata, September 8, 2013: ‘Aathmika – Born of Soul’, a six days long exhibition of paintings by audio-visual journalist Amitabha Sengupta, concluded at the G. C. Laha Centenary Fine Arts Gallery yesterday. Part tribute to womanhood, part expression of a long cherished desire to take up fashion and other arts, the painting exhibition was a debut effort by the artist and was inaugurated on September 2 by Odissi exponent and social activist Alokananda Roy. The paintings were also available for purchase.

Sunday, September 01, 2013


Vartanama, Sep '13
By Pawan Dhall

Similar or gently differing, radical or dissenting ones – perspectives are what dialogues are about. A meaningful dialogue is one that helps different priorities to be expressed – with as little hesitation as possible or fear of disagreement. In that sense dialogue may also include diatribe, but surely with checks and balances so as not to derail the dialogue itself. It needs a generous dose of mutual respect between the dialoguing parties – of the kind that says “I may disagree with you, but I will fight with my life (or, at least fight till I explode with rage) for your right to disagree with me”.

Sarita Bai and her child

Insight, Sep '13
By Md. Gulrez

In the year 2007, I was based in interior tribal villages of Madhya Pradesh working with an NGO on community development. My work involved interaction with women, organizing them to form self help groups (SHGs) and promotion of livelihood initiatives.

It must have been around the time I had received confirmation in my job after a yearlong intense induction programme. Instead of feeling high, I was a bit depressed as all the six others who had started with me either left or were asked to leave. Lonely, I tried to engross myself in work. A usual day’s schedule involved getting up early in the morning and rushing to the villages to monitor progress on agricultural and horticultural interventions, attending a few SHG meetings, getting back to the office to do desk work, having lunch, and returning to the villages in the evening to attend more SHG meetings.

Do genderless names break the gender barrier?

My Story, Sep '13
By Sukhdeep Singh

We all have multiple identities – a national identity, regional identity, religious identity, sexual identity and gender identity. All of these are identities that we learn to identify ourselves with. Some identities accrue to us purely because of social conditioning, like national or religious. But some have the potential to break free of the conditioning to become self-assertions, like gender and sexual identities. However, we probably develop the strongest sense of identity with our names.

More . . . of what?

Poetry, Sep '13
By owais

More power.
More fame.
More money.

I want more of these.
And more.

Why do I want
more and more
of more and more?

Is not
this hole in my soul

Is not,
a desire to arrive
at the most?

And, is not the most
by a mere human?
Where is
my perspective?

Why don’t I want
the one thing
which I must want more of
if I want to arrive
at my destination
as opposed
to a way-station?


owais calls himself the ‘sucker for love’ – for knowingly, he not only trusts, but lives on that rainbow which does not actually exist.

Source: First published in, December 30, 2010

'Rwituparno Ghosh'

Theatre, Sep '13
By Pawan Dhall

Rituparno Ghosh (1963-2013), the late filmmaker with a deft insight into women’s issues and who in the last few years before his untimely demise became increasingly expressive about his own sexuality through the films he acted in and interaction with the media continues to inspire other artistic efforts. On August 12, 2013, Dumdum Shabdomugdho Naatyakendra premiered their new play Rwituparno Ghosh (scripted and directed by Rakesh Ghosh, language Bengali, 55 minutes) named eponymously after the filmmaker at Muktangan auditorium in South Kolkata.

Photo credit:  Dumdum Shabdomugdho Naatyakendra

Reflections of intimacy . . .

Clickhappy! Sep '13
By Anupam Hazra, Paramita Banerjee, Rudra Kishore Mandal, Vahista Dastoor and Pawan Dhall

In friendship across ages,

Photograph Vahista Dastoor

The mind-body riddle

Advice - Mind, Body and Family, Sep '13
By Dr. Tirthankar Guha Thakurta