by The Matchbox
6:44pm, 12th December, 2016
What did you know about of Delhi International Queer Theater and Film Festival? Well, it’s a suc-cess that beams a lot of hope to the LGBTQ Community of India. Find out how it went.
Day 1 of Delhi International Queer Theater and Film Festival organised by Harmless Hugs and Love Matters Kickstarted with the inauguration by eminent personalities including Prince Manven-dra, Jess Dutton (Deputy High Commissioner from Canada to India ), Vithika Yadav (Country Head, Love Matters India) along with the founder of HH Vinay Kumar.
The event started with a power packed theatre called Pehchan by Asmita Theater Group and was followed by a number of short movies. The event continued with a play by a German couple – I step on Air and then ‘Hum to Bolenge’ by Sangwari.
Post that, renowned Artist Piyush Mishra arrived at the venue and launched the collection of short stories. Other prominent personalities including Arvind Gaur, Shilpi Marwah from Asmita and lead-ers and representatives of other partners like Impulse New Delhi, India HIV/AIDS Alliance, Youth LEAD India, Ketto, The Education Tree and more.
Post that, Piyush Mishra took the stage and enthralled the audience. In his interaction with Harsh Agarwal (President, Harmless Hugs and Convenor DIQTFF) , Piyush said “I see no difference in the homosexual and heterosexual community. They have given me the same respect, same love and affection that I get anywhere else I go. If there is something unnatural, nature won’t let it exist. It’s the conflict of nature and society which we now observe where society is calling nature unnatural which is ironic.”
The event concluded with another powerful play Lihaaf by Asmita Theater Group.
The day kickstarted with a lineup of wonderful movies including Boy Meets Boy, Amorfo, My Child is gay and several others. Towards the evening – the play Libaas by Saitan Theater Group en-thralled the audience.
The highlight of the day remained the closing play – ‘Ehsaas’ by Asmita Theater Group. This play was staged for the first time ever and was a monologue by the led artists of the group ‘Shilpi Marwah’
The play revolved around the life of lesbian women in India which is a subject least talked about. The play depicted the life of a woman and the pressure, violence, discrimination and measures of corrective rape adopted by family and relatives. The play touched many aspects of the life of a les-bian woman in India and tread through sensitive issues that they face.
The event witnessed a footfall of more than 700 people from the LGBTQ community and outside as well. People were also benefitted heavily from the free HIV testing camp by Impulse New Delhi and more than 100 people got tested in two days.
Bismaya Roulo, who is the Impulse New Delhi coordinator said,” MTH community is the second HIV prevalence group in India. The numbers that we got here are remarkable”
Vinay Kumar, Founder (Harmless Hugs) said, “We are happy to conclude it successfully and thank every volunteer, partners and sponsors to make this happen.”
Harsh Agarwal (President Harmless Hugs and Convenor of DIQTFF) said, “The turnout was better than we expected and we could see a lot of people outside the queer community which proves that there is progress. Hoping to do even better next year.”
Vithika Yadav (Country Head, Love Matters India) said, “We are immensely happy that we could partner and support an event like this. Not only people enjoyed it thoroughly but also got a strong message.”
Don’t you think this proves a point that somewhere a revolution is waiting? A revolution that would sweep away the peace of all those who oppose freedom and free love? Do you support Delhi Inter-national Queer Theater and Film Festival? Or are you against it? Let us know in the comments.