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India’s First ever Transgender Athletics meet in Kerala

“Why do you run like a woman? This was a common question encountered by many of us and the fear of mockery forces us to stay away from sports days in schools and colleges. Even though we have made our presence felt in the cultural spaces and showcased our talents like in mimicry, dance, mono act and so on, we were never given a platform to explore and experience our skills in sports until now. This event will be a revival of dreams for many including me,” said 25-year-old Shyama

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Kerala, April 29, 2017: An exclusive athletic meet for transgender community of the nation was organised in Thiruvanathpuram on 28 april 2017 for the upliftment of the community and encouraging them to step in for their rights.

Fear of being ridiculed in the locker rooms, Constantly having to remind coaches and fellow teammates about their preferred way of addressing them, being mocked at for their demeanour by the opposing team members, the disgusted faces and the awkward moments, the feeling of being pushed into a corner-  Freaked out, depressed and frustrated. Having an intense passion for sports but no proper channel to pursue it…

Being a part of school or college teams and competing in various sporting events was never easy for the many people who identify themselves as transgenders. The fear of neglect from the society has always affected them to reveal their true identities.

Even though there are many issues related to LGBT rights that needs our attention, but in present, their rights are being acknowledged by the society and many people, including the central government, are taking initiatives to run campaigns for their rights.

One such step was taken by Kerala government to encourage the trangerder community was by organising the first ever athletic meet in the country.

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Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurated the one-day event at the Central Stadium of Thiruvananthapuram on Friday. The logo for the event was released by veteran athlete Mercy Kuttan here on Wednesday. The event saw the participation of 200 transgenders from across the state.

“We have more than 20 participants from each district except from Wayanad, Idukki and Alappuzha from where only less than 10 participants have registered for the sports meet,” event co-ordinator Anil Arjunan told TOI. The event had been organised to stop the social stigma surrounding Transgenders as well as calling them names such as Hijra, eunuch etc. The event lined up 100, 200 and 400 metres sprints, 4 x 100 metres relay, long jump and shot put contest.

“I had been selected in the state team for 400m relay at the age of 15. In the years that followed, I had to take a back seat from such sports events due to persistent social stigma. After these many years, I am so excited to participate in a sports meet. This time, I am going to try my luck in short put,” said Sreekutty, a transgender.

Shyama S, another transgender, who has just completed her MEd finds this platform as a great opportunity for everyone in her community. “Why do you run like a woman? This was a common question encountered by many of us and the fear of mockery forces us to stay away from sports days in schools and colleges. Even though we have made our presence felt in the cultural spaces and showcased our talents like in mimicry, dance, mono act and so on, we were never given a platform to explore and experience our skills in sports until now. This event will be a revival of dreams for many including me,” said 25-year-old Shyama to TOI, who was also a member of the organising committee.

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The organising committee included chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan as the chief patron, minister for sports and youth affairs A C Moideen, tourism minister Kadakampally Surendran, V S Sivakumar MLA and mayor V K Prasanth as other patrons.

Kerala has always been in the forefront when it comes to embracing the transgender community. India’s first transgender school, ‘Sahaj International’ was opened last December in Kochi to help students of the community continue their education. But being a transgender is still considered a taboo in the society. They face many challenges and have a long way to go in battling with the society for securing an equal place. However, times are changing and such initiatives by the government do speak about India’s progressive attitude towards gender and its efforts for building an egalitarian society.

People belonging to transgender community face many challenges and have a long way to go in battling with the society for securing an equal place. However, times are changing and such initiatives by the government do speak about India’s progressive attitude towards gender and its efforts for building an egalitarian society.

– by Nikita Tayal of NewsGram, Twitter: @NikitaTayal6 

 

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Top 10 Malayalam movies you should definitely watch

Mollywood has some great cinematic pieces to its credit. India's first Rs.1000 crore film was also announced in Mollywood only.

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Maayalam movies are some of the best movies produced in India. Wikimedia Commons
Maayalam movies are some of the best movies produced in India. Wikimedia Commons
  • Kerala is one of the best states in India to live, and their movies are some of the best too.
  • Malayalam film industry or Mollywood is said to be superior in terms of screenplay and plots than other film industries in India.
  • The new and old Malayalam movies, all are equally beautiful and some of them are nothing short of a thrilling ride for the audiences.

Malayalam film industry or Mollywood is highly underrated, we don’t hear much about it. Every year, this industry produces some of the best films which are not only appreciated by audiences but also by critics. Malayalam movies are a great example of sensible cinema.

Mollywood has some great cinematic pieces to its credit. India’s first Rs.1000 crore film was also announced in Mollywood only. Malayalam movies are said to be superior in terms of stories, screenplay and direction when compared to other Indian language movies. For how truth it holds, let us take a look at top 10 best Malayalam movies one should definitely watch :

Drishyam

Everyone knows about this movie. It was critically acclaimed and won audience’s hearts with its amazing dialogues and performances, especially by Mohanlal. The movie was a thrilling murder suspense, which had all of us at the edge of our seats. This Malayalam movie has been dubbed into various languages and even after years from its initial release in 2013, is still one of the audience’s favourite suspense movies to watch. It’s Bollywood remake of the same name was equally successful.

Guru

Guru was a fantasy movie which used mythological characters like Yamaraj and Chitragupt, to shine the light on the otherwise ignored topic of communal violence. This movie has a universal appeal as it is relevant even today. Guru became a landmark Malayalam movie because of its experimental plotline, and Ilayaraaja’s brilliant music composition. Guru was also India’s official entry to the Oscars’ in the year, 1997.

Loudspeaker 

Loudspeaker, directed by Jayaraj, is the story of an uneducated man who always carries an old tape recorder with him along with his strong opinions. As an organ donor for an old man, he came as a ray of hope and happiness who swipes the sadness away. This is one movie where Mammootty is seen as a simple man and he is also at his best. The story may not be the most original but it will surely give you a warm feeling inside.

North 24 Kaatham 

A story revolving around a man who is a germaphobe and is a patient of OCD? The characters, storyline, and almost everything about this Malayalam movie is different and new. The man who along with three others experience a lifetime worth of troubles is an adventurous ride for the audience. By the end of the film, a happy feeling can be experienced by the viewers.

ABCD

 

ABCD or American Born-Confused Desi is a comedy which portrays the story of an NRI boy who is sent to his hometown in Kerala in order to make him more responsible. One thing leads to another and he ends up being a face of a revolution.The movie’s title is a satire on the term ABCD which is used as an insult to the Desi people.

Rathinirvedam 

Rathinirvedam is the remake of an old Malayalam movieofh the same name. This movie deals with the taboo topic of a young man falling for an older woman. It is one of the boldest films which showcased a love story forbidden by families and societies. It is definitely a must watch for those who are searching for something new.

 Salt N Pepper

This 2013 Mollywood movie directed by Ashiq Abu has an interesting theme and plot line. This Malayali movie mixes up food and love, and there can be no better combination than that for a successful film. This film is a modern day love story of two people who share a mutual love for food. The film will appeal to both foodies and romantics. It is funny, genuine, and a break from all other action and drama flicks we see releasing everyday.

Amen

Amen is a combination of romance, fantasy, comedy and music, which is about small village situated in the backwaters of Kerala. It is the story of a struggling musician. The film stars Fahadh Faasil, Swathi Reddy, and Indrajit Sukumaran in lead roles and is directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery. However, the film’s USP is its convincing story and the smartly written script.

Manjadikuru  

Anjali Menon’s Manjadikuru is an ode to all women who hold their own in a male dominated society. The story is all about childhood  nostalgia and make-believe we often indulge in as children. The film will take you on a beautiful adventure which will make you smile and think at the same time. This beautiful film evoked equally beautiful emotions and presented Kerala in a very pleasing light.

Thira

This movie by Vineeth Srinivasan will take you on a thrilling ride. It deals with the sensitive topic of human trafficking and prostitution.  Thira is a captivating watch which will keep you on the edge of your seat at all times.