“Bihar has worked on ground level about Transgender issues” says Transgender rights activist Laxmi Narayan Tripathi at 4th Trangender Festival

On Thursday, 21st June, Bihar celebrated its 4th Transgender Cultural Festival in Gyan Bhawan, Patna. A vibrant programme with so many eye soothing performances, shining faces and prominent figures of the field, made the evening vivid and picturesque.

Some of the eminent personalities present at the Transgender cultural festival were:

  • Krishna Kumar Rishi, Minister Art, Culture & Youth, Bihar
  • Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, Kinner Akhada Head, Indore
  • Kumar Ravi, DM, Patna
  • Padma Shri Sudha Varghese, Social Activist
  • Ravi Parmar, Director, Tourism Dept. Bihar
  • Sushma Sahu, National Commission of Women
  • Gauri Sawant, Transgender Activist

 

The programme started with igniting the lamp by the attending guests. Honorable Minister, (Art, Culture and Youth department, Bihar) Shri Krishna Kumar Rishi felt pleasured in initiating the event and said that “Bihar is the first state to organise this kind of cultural fest. Other states make policies only on papers to organise but we in Bihar apply those to ground level and make things happen.” He also said that “Bihar Government is working on the schemes which will be fruitful for the transgender community.”

The Head of Kinner Akhada ‘Maha Mandleshwar’ Laxmi Narayan Tripathi also felt obliged about the fact that Bihar state has not only initiated this event but has also been making efforts every year to make it happen. She also emphasised on the less numbers of transgenders in the hall and advised the managing committee to look on it.

About the current scenario of transgenders, Laxmi Narayan Tripathi said that,

“Transgender nowadays is a burning topic. Everyone wants to be social activist and post a selfie on social media that they have worked for the community, but we don’t need social media activist but the actual activists who can actually work in slums with us. Also the transgender community should acquire knowledge and education. I want my community to be educated. People do satires on Bihar and say names like backward state and all but only Bihar has the political will do that they’re organising such a marvelous cultural festival every year.”

Talking about herself she said,

“ I never felt that I’m different and you shouldn’t also make someone feel like they’re different. If the society will embrace us we will only deliver so many good things.”

 

Gauri Sawant, a transgender activist, is from Mumbai. She is the director of Sakshi Char Chowghi that helps transgender people and people with HIV/AIDS. She was also featured in an Ad by Vicks. She on clapping by audience said,

 “I literally sweat when you clap, because there’s a difference in your clap and my clap and your clap actually makes me uncomfortable”

About improving the condition of transgender community’s she said,

“ I want teachers to teach the children about the third gender. The more they’ll be educated about transgenders the more they’ll embrace us as humans.”

For the 3 hours we witnessed the best of the performances and that was astonishing. We couldn’t take our eyes off the stage.

The stage of Gyan Bhawan sparkled with astonishing portrayals by Rudra Palas ( WB), Oasis( Kerala), Radha Krishna( Delhi) , Sanamacha (Manipur) and the showstopper was Bihar’s very own – Trans Dancing Troop.

The continuous performances of cultural groups were so brilliant and eye-soothing. The audience looked amazed by the performances and eager to attend the function next year also.

Bihar always focuses on organising such events so that they can enlighten the community issues.

 

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