Lalithakala Akademi conducted Art Camp for Transgenders

Nov 01, 2017 | Vol 09 | Issue 05
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Kerala Lalithakala Akademi, an autonomous body under Government of Kerala, for the promotion of visual arts painting and sculpture recently conducted a ten day painting camp for the transgender’s community. The camp titled ‘Samanwaya’ with the tagline ‘embracing otherness’ was held from 14- 23 July 2017 at Durbar hall Art Centre, Ernakulam.

Apart from the painting camp for transgenders, the art workshop had camps for wood carving, painting, phad painting etc for artists from all genders. Cultural programmes like Panchavadyam, Dhrupad Sangeet, Gazals, poets meet, contemporary and traditional puppetry, drama, Chavittunatakam etc. were also held on all these days. Another highlight of the camp was the screening of films in the evening from national and international classics.

This initiative by Kerala Lalithakala Akademi was to create a cultural space for transgenders in the society to facilitate them to develop their talents in painting and art. Including 41 transgenders, a total of about 250 artists from various disciplines participated in the ten day camp.

Satyapal, the Chairman of the Akademi says “We realise that Lalithakala Akademi has to address new issues and challenges of the time. We are constantly interfering in the issues related to tribes, women etc and now this camp is focusing on transgenders, who are generally a cornered community from the main stream.”  This painting camp gave opportunity to many transgenders to understand and flourish their talents in painting by directly involving in it as well as it created an opportunity to understand the other disciplines like photography, sculpturing, film etc.


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