Hyderabad: Nritya Forum for Performing Arts came alive on Sunday with the performance of members and allies of the LGBTQ plus communites at Queer Carnival.
Organised by the Hyderabad Queer Swabhimaan Yatra (QSY), the Queer Carnival is a pre-pride event, a curtain-raiser of sorts for the upcoming Queer Pride that is scheduled on February 17.
“This event is a build-up towards the pride as it brings together people from the community and allies before the event. The performances and the fun events set a festive mood before the pride,” explains Sachin, a member of the QSY and added, “This event was also a fundraiser of sorts though raising funds is not our main goal but the funds raised in this event will go towards organising the event.”
The Queer Carnival saw many dance and music performances in addition to stand-up comedy and it was not restricted just to members of the LGBT community. “We have a perfect blend of LGBTQ plus community and allies here as allies bring their friends to the event and it adds to our goal of spreading awareness,” says Sachin.
While most were just fun dance performances, the event also saw some unique performances such as the oriental performance by Sravan, a city based dancer. “Oriental dance or belly dance is something that people perceive as a women-only dance form or an erotic dance form. It is nothing of that sort and it is just like any other dance form,” says Sravan, whose performance was applauded by the audience.
Apart from this, the event also saw an expressionist dance performance by Patruni Sastry, a well known dancer from the city. Titled ‘What’s my colour’, this performance involved the performer questioning the audience as to what his colour is as certain colours are associated with certain genders and sexualities, before sprinkling various colour powders onto himself.
About his performance, Sastry said, “In the LGBT rainbow, each colour represents a different gender/sexuality but what about the ones who don’t fit into any box or who don’t identify with any one aspect? My performance raises that question and that’s why I started with a pink ribbon but ended with all colours on myself.”