The city on Monday evening got a liberal dose of dance, music and fashion as the transgender community stepped out of the shadows and scorched the stage at Sir Pitti Thyagaraya hall.
The event, conceived as part of the ongoing birthday celebrations of Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa by the Chennai Corporation, was inaugurated by Mayor Saidai S Duraisamy. He pressed the community to let go of inhibitions and said, “This event will surely dispel many misconceptions that the public have.”
The event kicked off with a professional presentation of Bharathanatyam by a duo from Korukkupet that set the tone for the evening. However, from then on the event shifted to a ‘whistle podu’ mood bringing the evening to life.
The next presentation left many hands aching from applause as a trio from the NGO Thozhi pulled folk numbers like Othha Rubai Thaaren in their Karagattam performance, followed by a rendering of the famous Lavani dance from Maharastra performed by members of the NGO Sahodharan.
But the part that garnered the most applause was the fashion show featuring transgender models from Bangalore and Chennai who walked the ramp in classic Indian wear.
The programme was jointly organised by NGOs Thozhi and Sahodharan. According to Jaya, the president of Thozhi, the aim of the cultural programme was to propagate the message of a HIV-free transgender community. “The Corporation had initially planned a sports competition, but we wanted a cultural programme for the sole reason that this would help take our message to the public,” she said.