Anurag Jain's Blog
Thursday, September 25, 2003

Some Bangalore events

1. White Water Rafting

@ River Sita in South Kanara Dist., Karnataka, on 2nd October & on all Saturday & Sundays during October.
T a r i f f : Rs. 900/ ( Rupees nine hundred only) per participant
Contact: (give my reference if you like)
CARE 126, Arora Business Centre, 111, Dickenson Road, Bangalore - 560 052.
Ph: (080) 5586719 / 337/ 627 & 5598128 Mob: 98456 - 95350
E-mail:careadventures AT -

2. Hindustani Music Concert

Sunaad , group of music enthusiasts is presenting an evening of Hindustani Classical Music on September 27 at Chowdiah Memorial Hall , 7pm onwards .

The performance Bhav Yatra will have a blend of rhythm and song with traditional art of storry telling and movements .The show has been conceptualised by Aditi Upadhaya and Tara Kini . Tickets are available at KC Das, Church Street and Canara Union , Malleshwaram.For details contact -> 9886277747

Those missing out will be really missing something which is new,exciting yet having the blend of Traditional Classical Music .

3. Screening of Harivillu

We are glad to invite you to the premier of Harivillu (The Rainbow) directed by B. Narsing Rao on Monday, 29 September 2003, at 6.00 pm at Badami House.

Mr. B. Narsing Rao, the director of the film, will be present on the occasion and will introduce the film and interact with the audience at the end of the screening.

Please find below the programme schedule.

6.00 pm - Tea and snacks
6.30 pm - Introduction to the film followed by screening
8.05 pm - Interaction with the film director

4. Queering Bangalore- 3, 4, 5 October 2003

3 days. 12 award winning films - Indian and International. Queer life journeys.
Documentaries and Features. Reading Performances. Panel Discussions.

Pedestrian Pictures, Scorus, Swabhava Trust


Queering Bangalore
a film festival on queer lives

over three days - 3, 4, 5 October 2003
at Attakalari, (behind Gallery Sumukha)
Bus Depot Road, Wilson Garden, Bangalore

Queering Bangalore is the first public film festival in Bangalore focussing entirely on queer rights. Featured at the festival are award winning documentaries and features, commended for their portrayal of life stories and issues facing lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders, hijras, kothis and others identifying as 'queer.' They have reached audiences in film festivals across the world from Montreal to Berlin and have successfully created spaces for the queer community everywhere. Our intention here in Bangalore is to not only focus on the violence perpetrated by society, law, the State, family and other such institutions but more importantly to celebrate a community with all its complexities. the panel discussions meant to sharpen focus will feature activists and others who have worked with and on the issues facing the queer movement in Ind! ia today.

3 October 2003 (Friday): 5 to 7 p.m. - Inaugural address followed by a short film and discussion on "queer"
4 October 2003 (Saturday): 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Celluloid Closet, Before Stonewall, The Wedding Banquet, Ma Vie En Rose (My life in Pink), Beautiful Thing ! ;
5 October 2003 (Sunday): 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. - Paper Flowers, Kee Kautha Taahar Shaathe, Dark and Lovely, Soft and Free, The Brandon Teena Story, The Watermelon Woman, Before Night Falls, My Beautiful Laundrette

Queering Bangalore is an attempt to focus on the lives and experiences of a community invisibilised by systemic homophobia and transphobia. In history's weave of cultural tapestry these are the life stories that are missing and left untold. And yet it is the queer movement in India and elsewhere that is providing the much needed challenges to heteronormativity, i.e. the binding definitions of what a marriage and family is, the gendered role plays within these etc. At a time when we are surrounded by shackling definitions of the 'ideal family', 'ideal husband, wife, daughter-in-law', it becomes important to recognize and highlight these challenges inherent in our society.

Pedestrian Pictures is a media activist group based in Bangalore, working for the past 2 years against the development paradigm in place today. The medium of films is our tool to initiate discussions and hence actions on issues ranging from war and militarisation to adivasi rights and queer rights.

Scorus is an endeavour to create social spaces for the queer community.

Swabhava Trust (est. 1999) is a non-government organisation that works with sexuality, HIV/AIDS and sexual health concerns, providing access to support services for the queer community.


For details, synopses and complete schedules, contact
Pedestrian Pictures: 5670 2232, Scorus: 98440 49503, Swabhava Trust - 212 4441
Email - queeringbangalore AT

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