Dance to liberate, join – The Hindu

Sravan Telu

Sravan Telu
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Hyderabad Queer Dance Fest, the primary such dance occasion in Hyderabad is giving form to a long-felt want of the queer neighborhood for a platform to specific themselves freely. Organised by Patruni Sastry aka Dragvanti, and Queer Nilayam, the fest is supported by Queer Join, Darkish Vibe Society, and Raqsology. Patruni says the fest is a step to mark the presence of the LGBTQ+ neighborhood within the subject of dance.

Patruni avers, “On World Dance Day, it’s important to offer a platform for the LGBTQ+ neighborhood to specific themselves by means of dance, an artwork kind that the neighborhood has all the time discovered solace and freedom in. Having used dance as a method to specific myself as a queer individual, I’ve been capable of create a special private id for myself in ways in which weren’t really easy with phrases. The artists performing on the competition are from the queer spectrum, making it an inclusive occasion that celebrates variety and expertise.

Patruni assures that the occasion is a protected and supportive house that goals to encourage and showcase the skills of dancers from the neighborhood. “This competition guarantees to be a deal with with a spread of dance types comparable to modern, classical, hip-hop, Bollywood, Mahari and drag. Among the artists who will carry out, apart from a drag efficiency by me, are Sravan Telu (Hyderabad’s first male stomach dancer ), Prem Leela (trans people artist), Apoorva (town’s first queer Bachata dancer ), Khemaya (trans artiste performing Mahari), and Gautam Bandodkar (Kathak and Lavani.)”

Sravan Telu will stomach dance to a poem referred to as ‘Maintain Dancing’ by Relyks. An analyst at an MNC in Hyderabad, Sravan, an expert stomach dancer, is in opposition to the random sexualising of stomach dance. He says, “Dance is my life, it retains me completely satisfied and liberated. I deal with stomach dance as a classical dance kind; I additionally educate the identical to my college students.”

Patruni provides, “It’s essential to have a good time numerous expressions of queer id, and dance is a strong software that permits us to just do that. We hope that this competition will encourage and empower extra queer artistes to come back ahead and showcase their expertise. Dr Gautam Bandodkar from Goa who will carry out Kathak and Lavani says dance is liberating for him. Since dance is gender non-conforming, one can specific themselves in any manner they really feel; it lets me discover numerous feelings and ideas.”   

Hyderabad Queer Dance Fest is on  at Nirvana Studio, Kondapur on April 29, Saturday, 5pm onwards. 

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