Komal : Chennai / A Trans Woman

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.

Photo Courtesy by Komal

Photo Courtesy by Komal

 

 

 

Ms.Ponni / Tuticorin : A TRANS – WOMAN

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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The Life of Hijra

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 Satya is the guru( gang leader) with her pet Ajay, Villupuram,Tamil Nadu
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                                         Preparing dinner for seniors

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Community living by Transgenders

Kaynaat Sareen/Mumbai

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.

Image by Kaynaat Sareen

Padma Joy/Bangalore

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.

 

 

 

There are 7 people around the world, who look a like. is it a fact or myth ?

 

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

Agree ? 🙂
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Brides of Aravan or Iravan (Story of Transgenders/Thirunangai)

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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Faces of Aravan

Faces of Aravan

Aravanis making pongal(Swee) in Koovagam , offer god before marriage

Aravanis preparing for marriage

Several stalls placed in front of the temple , Aravanis buying stuffs for wedding

Aravanis dressed traditionally and selecting the thali yellow thread for the wedding,villupuram,India

Aravanis dressed traditionally and selecting the thali yellow thread for the wedding,villupuram,India

Aravanis (Transgender) getting ready for the marriage, wearing colorful glass bangles

Senior Transgender Janaki buying yellow thread for her marriage

Aravanis fully dressed traditionally

Aravan Brides gathered outside the temple to get marry

Aravan Brides gathered outside the temple to get marry

Priest ties yellow thread to Aravani

3_ Breathless crush and rush , inside the koovagam temple,Priest who is considered as Aravaan , ties the thaali or mangalsutra (yellow thread) in the rush inside the temple

Breathless crush and rush , inside the koovagam temple,Priest who is considered as Aravaan , ties the thaali or mangalsutra (yellow thread) in the rush inside the temple.

After marriage singing out of joy

5_Portrait of Aravani after the snapping the thali (yellow thread)

After Marriage Transgender dancing out of joy

Gay after the marriage, at Koovagam

Aravanis(Transgender) after marriage with her boy friend.

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Aravani after marriage with friends

Aravani blessing during wedding occassion

7_Priest snapping the Thali (yellow thread) rituals for widowhood

Priest snapping the Thali (yellow thread) rituals for widowhood

Breaking the bangles by the Priest

Aravanis lament during death ceremony,express their sadness of Aravans death

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Transgender after removal of yellow thread, thali, during the Koovagam festival.

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Aravanis lament during a death ceremony, express their sadness of Aravan death.

9_After the windowhood rituals, 'Aravaani's' wear white saree, on the last day of the 18-day festival

After the windowhood rituals, ‘Aravaani’s’ wear white saree, on the last day of the 18-day festival

10_Aravaani’s(Transgender) crying over the death of Aravaan

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.