Photo Story of Love and Discrimination about Indian Transgendered
Thank you for sharing your story and photo Komal.
Myself Komal, I am well-educated and working for a MNC, MBA graduate,from my childhood always felt like a girl in boy’s body and dresses as such and I want to undergo a gender reassignment surgery soon. now I am living with my guru or amma , who is the leader of group , she guides me in my life, I am happy what I have and live a beautiful life, I am facing lot of discrimination from society , it should change, our community should be treated with dignity and respect. I enjoy everyday in my life.
Ponni is native of Tuticorin and youngest in the family, from her childhood she was different from others and very much passionate about dance and Ponni undergone a sex reassignment surgery in age of 20,dance is her passion and from her childhood she faced a lot of discrimination with all difficulties, she achieved and accomplished MA in dance and she started a dance school in name of Abhinaya Nrityalaya , Vysarpadi in the year of 2006, Chennai with a help of government and now she is training 50 students including transgendered students and her motto was to teach Bharatnatyam to Slum Children.
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Hijra is a term used in South Asia – particularly in India – for transgender, they also known as Aravani, Aruvani or Jagappa.
The life of Hijra is very though in India ,they face lot of difficulties in their life, legally,social ly,economically, most make a living by singing and dancing, or by begging and prostitution, many of them are sexually exploited very much because no one willing to employ them.
“There are more need to be done to change the attitude of society towards transgendered, government have to focus some good scheme for their regular life”
Satya is the guru( gang leader) with her pet Ajay, Villupuram,Tamil Nadu
Community living by Transgenders
I am Kaynaat Sareen from Mumbai, I born and bought up in Pune, I accept & never regret what i am now, i love myself and live my life, and i deserve it , i have pain,emotion,love hatred, being transgender doesn’t make any less human, support Transgender equality ❤ love you all.
I don’t need any luxury thing in the world, I am expecting only Respect from the society.
We face a lot of harassment from the society , my parents still they don’t want to talk to me , that’s not my fault to choose my life as a transgender and being transgender doesn’t make less human.
I am tired of the society, now I love myself and my community , we love each other.
In my case it’s fact ,
I met a transgender (thirunangai) two years back at chennai koyembedu market,India,before starting this project ,she exactly resemblembed like Willem Dafoe
The village of Koovagam is next to Ulundurpet taluk in Villupuram district. The Koothandavar temple is situated in this village. Transgendered from across India gather in Villupuram to re-enacted a story adopted from the Indian epic fable Mahabharata, every years which celebrated in the grand style.
The fable of Mahabharata: The God, ‘Aravaan’, or called as Iravan in Mahabharata, was born to Arjuna and Naga Princess Ulupi. The Pandavas, decided to sacrifice a human to ensure victory in the war . Iravan volunteered for the sacrifice, and in return was granted a dying wish. Before offering himself for sacrifice, Iravan wished to enjoy the pleasures of a woman and die as a married man. Lord Krishna appeared as a female in form of Mohini and married him and next day Aravan was beheaded. Mohini cried, lamented, wailed and bereaved for him like no wife would do for her husband.
Festival : The ‘Aravaani’s of Aravaan’ identify themselves with ‘Mohini’ – the female form of Krishna as a woman trapped inside a man’s body. In this festival, the priest who is considered as ‘Aravaan’ , ties the ‘thaali’ or ‘mangalsutra’ to the Aravaanis and binds them in the relationship of marriage. The next day, ‘thali arutthal’ or the rituals for widowhood are followed, which include snapping of the thaali and breaking of the bangles to signify the death of Iravan. The ‘Aravaani’s’ wear white saree and lament over the death of Aravaan. This is done on the last day of the 18-day festival. The entire place is filled with the loud wails of the transwomen and their appearance is in direct contrast to the previous day where they were decorated in attire.
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