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Artistes

Poet, Co-Founder & Director, Payana
Actor, Activist & Writer
Actor, Activist & Accountant
Actor & Activist

Talki is based on the memories and experiences of trans people in Bangalore. The play takes us through their everyday practices – from food, fashion, fantasy, joys and lamentations.

Talki is not an actual word in any language. This is a word from the spoken language of trans people. All actors are above the age group of 50, tracing the struggles, violence and discrimination that they have endured, and how they continue with dignity and pride.

The play is an appeal to people, to create a safe and equal space for all different sexuality minorities. The play was born from TRUTH DREAM, a photo exhibit, that showcased the fantasies and dreams of trans people above the age of 50.

A glimpse of this work can be seen at VISIBLE/INVISIBLE, an multi-media art exhibition at the Museum of Art and Photography.

This play is organised as part of October Jam 2023, Maraa’s annual arts festival, as a response to the resilience of the trans community at large.

 

                            

Artistes

Chandini Gagana

Poet, Co-Founder & Director, Payana

Chandini wears many hats as an activist, writer, poet and performer. She is the founder of Payana, an organization dedicated to working for the rights and safety of sexual minorities. She is an award-winning poet and her work is taught at several universities. Her first book was called Manada Kannu (Eyes of the Mind). Her poems are also part of The World That Belongs To Us – An Anthology of Queer Poetry From South Asia. Chandini conceptualised Truth Dream, a photo exhibition featuring the dreams and desires of the transgender community above the age of 50.

In Truth Dream, she takes the role of Shakuntala, who is waiting for her love Dushanta in a dense forest.

A Revathi

Actor, Activist & Writer

Revathi is a senior community rights activist, writer and artist. Revathi published her first book in Tamil, Unarvum Uruvamum (Our Lives, Our Words), in 2004. It is a collection of real life stories of people from the Hijra community in South India. Following this, she published her autobiography Truth About Me which has been a part of the syllabus in nearly 350 universities and has been adapted into a performance that has also been staged in many districts across Karnataka.

In Truth Dream, she will play the character of a flower seller, who is in love with Andal.

Shobhana

Actor, Activist & Accountant

Shobhana Kumari is a theatre performer, activist and accountant. She is passionate about theatre and has no inhibitions in expressing herself.

In Truth Dream, she takes the character of Ardha Nareshwar, to state that she embodies both the masculine and the feminine and does not conform to any specific gender.

She is currently working on her new solo performance, tracing the struggles of a single mother who refuses to conform to gender norms.

Lakshmamma

Actor

Lakshmamma was born and brought up in Bangalore. Her favorite hero is Shah Rukh Khan, who she admires for his mischievousness and charm. Lakshmamma has always dreamt of being a queen from the time she was young and would slip into her mothers silk sarees and admire herself in the mirror!

In Truth Dream, she plays the Queen of Mysore, walking around in a lavish palace.

Sarvana

Actor & Activist

Sarvana has been born and brought up in Bangalore. Alongside his day job, he has been committed to social work, particularly to protecting the rights of sexual minorities in the city.

In Truth Dream, Sarvana plays the role of an aspiring Bharatanatyam performer who feels that the dance form gives him the chance to express his feminine side.

Shantamma

Actor

Shantamma was born in a small village called K Shetty Halli near Srirangapatna. Her favorite actor is Dr. Rajkumar because of his sturdy physique, acting and his dedication to choosing stories that are familial and filled with good values.

In Truth Dream, she plays an adivasi girl who is love with Lord Rangayya who is mesmerised by her beauty.

She misses spending time with her companion in open air fields in her home town.