In a country like India, where sex and sexuality are subjects often relegated to the sidelines of any conversation, concepts like kink and fetish are far-removed from the public’s collective …
As part of Pro Helvetia's open call entitled ‘Now On,’ Tejas created his brainchild ‘WhatsApp-Free University.’ The open call invited creative responses to overcome the current pandemic and its impact on the core work of promoting arts and international arts exchange.
We are constantly surrounded by myriad capitalist forces like movies, magazines, fashion, and more that reiterate being thin as the ideal. So even when you want to accept yourself, you are hindered in this journey because you can’t find clothes in your size in stores, or a family member is being judgemental, or you’re being bullied by a medical healthcare provider, or a hundred other things screaming at you that you ought to become thin. Pallavi and Ameya are two individuals who know these struggles all too well and have taken it upon themselves to publicly combat these notions through their podcast called Fat.So?
What started as a college assignment has led to Shirin illustrating and designing ‘House of Pleasure’ – a set of cards featuring sex toys and information about what they are and how to use them.
Visually, ‘Raat Adhoori’ takes you on a journey of unfolding memories. It is the simplicity of the tender moments and gestures that makes you instantly believe in the strength of the love it depicts. There is a lot that can be unpacked among the interesting visual metaphors of typewriters, crumpled papers, and serene lakes.
It all began with the ‘Occupy UGC’ protests in 2015 for Meghna. ‘Occupy UGC’ started as a massive agitation across the country, holding the University Grants Commission accountable for citing an alleged resource crunch as the reason for discontinuing non-NET fellowships for research scholars.
In the final week of February this year, the Aazaadi Foundation inaugurated the ‘Library of Hope’ for sex workers and their children in Lucknow. Decorated all over with hand painted banners focusing on the Sustainable Development Goals put forth by the United Nations, the library teems over with books donated not only by Lucknowites, but by people from all over the country.
We cannot do Pride walks in Manipur. In midst of conversations around religion, AFSPA, human rights and other concerns – queer issues are sidelined. So, we have been using sports. Through sports, we hope people accept our identities.
The Waltz is a story acknowledging that there exists a version of ourselves that once used to hear the music - the version of ourselves that has a skip in our step. It acknowledges the truth that we feel burnt out in our day-to-day lives, but also rages against the idea that we lose the capacity to feel real connections - to our surroundings, to people, to art, and to ourselves.
The more we would spend time together the more the love between us would intensify. I have met many men before but meeting Ashton was different. It was as if we were made for each other.
February is an important time to the aromantic movement across the world, and it needs acknowledging especially due to the co-occurence of the hyper-romantic Valentine's Day. The month's final week is commemorated as Aro Spec Awareness Week (ASAW) and is devoted to the dissemination of aromantic knowledge & awareness. This is to ensure that aromantic spectrum voices and concerns are heard and understood.
In this conversation with Sanjeeta Bhattacharya, we discuss her creative process, her love affair with languages and the stories they tell, and her newest song Khoya Sa — out 12th February, 2021.
In this conversation with the two artists, we learn more about their influences, hometowns, and their favourite song they've created so far.
From the North of India, The Daily Slow or Amrita, is a lesbian, trans and disabled bedroom producer. Her music is unique and stunning, and Contact is only the beginning.
Speaking with Manish Das of HelloDuck, we learn more about their music, inspirations and future plans.
A visual poem punctuated by orchestral music and open to interpretation by the viewer, Touch is unorthodox and heartbreakingly beautiful.
The film is an homage to desire and the sensuous nature of love. Although the spoken poem is about the journey of love making, with its highs and lows, the choice of not showing something inherently and explicitly sexual is a very clever one.
I think it’s because of religious decrees around head cover and some states like Iran making it mandatory in public life. So people tend to associate it with religion. Head covering is common in many religions and cultures and not just Islam. There is no compulsion in Islam to do anything – we are all able to exercise our free will. Any legislation which forces women to wear or snatches away their right to wear – both are discriminatory.
Amongst feminist poetry, her work, such as The List of Shit That Made Me A Feminist series, is bold and unapologetic, showcasing the common experiences of women all over the world. It gives rise to feelings of solidarity, along with the resolve to create change and emerge from the ruins, stronger than ever.
I had read a lot of Urdu poetry and prose from this time for my 2012 book Gender, Sex and the City, and had discovered that several major writers from Lucknow, Agra and Delhi (but also one from Hyderabad) wrote in the same range of tones and with equal ease about female-female, female-male, and male-male erotic relationships, as well as about all kinds of friendships, including female-male non-sexual friendships.