Author Archives: Harish Iyer

About Harish Iyer

I believe in the spirit of laughter. I believe that the best way to forget your pain is to start laughing... and laughing real loud. In all possibility then, you would not forget your pain, but will look at things with a more logical bent of mind. I am pregnant with thought. Always pregnant with thought. Always looking for opportunities to deliver my thoughts in meaningful expressions, be it cinema or blogs. Aham is what I call myself. And that's what my blogs are all about. The "Me" in Me. With no pretension, no shyness, no shame. The Me that I am proud of. www.hiyer.net thats my blog. Take a peep! na.

Queer Musical, Call For Entries

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Are you a singer? well, not the bathroom ones. the stage types?
do you mimic? asking, because we have an audience for you
any instrument that you know to play and want to flaunt?
do you wish to shake a leg and get all groovy?
do you have something to say? and want to say it aloud in the form of a spoken word piece?
or do you have some other innovative dhaansu idea?
send it to us.
you could mail us at harish.iyer@hotmail.com (Subject : QUEER MUSICAL) or call at 9833100340. do send us links of your work, if any.

we are inviting entries for one of the most exciting events of Queer Azaadi Mumbai Pride Month (The Mumbai Pride Month) – THE QUEER MUSICAL. Last few years we had the event in the sea-kissing carter road amphitheater. We hope to hold it there this year too. This year the event is on Saturday 25 January 2014. (the day before republic day)

The Pride is an event where all sexualities march together claiming their right of an equal share of the sun above and earth below and spaces in between. The Pride and the event preceding it is an assertion of the fact that we exist, and we are not a number, we are but a formidable force that celebrates its existence.

Chalo jaldi karo.. send us your entries. 

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The Amazing Q Hunt 2014, Call For Entries

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The Amazing Q Hunt 2014

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January 26, 2014, 8:00am onwards

On our Republic Day, rise early, get ready, wear your running shoes and step out to experience the city like never before. Coz we are back this year to make you run, sweat, stimulate your guts and tantalise your senses with The Amazing Q Hunt – 2014, the ride of the year.

Explore Mumbai with brave adventures. Walk through the streets, speak with the locals, hop in and out of BEST buses and local trains. But you gotta think, slog to find your way. Every stop is a new challenge. This is no ordinary race, this is The Amazing Q-Hunt.

Starts at 8:00am at a location riddled only to the participants.

Each entry will consist of two persons.

Registration cost is Rs. 800* per entry plus a completion deposit of Rs. 200* which will be given back only after completion of the race. The entry charge goes towards the expenses, including travel across the city. The rules and regulations shall be explained at the start of the event.

Register by paying cash at the following events / venues:

Dushyantapriya
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Veer Savarkar Sabhagruha
Shivaji Park, Dadar
3:00pm-6:00pm

Queer Games & Kite Flying
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Juhu Beach
4:00pm – 6:30pm

Gulabi Mela / Q fete
January 19, 2014
Bhalla House, Nr. Kobe’s Sizzlers,
Hill Road, Bandra (W)
4:00pm – 6:30pm

Please contact me at these events for registration

You can also coordinate via email on theamazingqhunt@gmail.com

* Before January 20, 2014. From January 21, 2014, the total registration cost will be Rs. 1,500

We are also looking for volunteers. Those interested, please mail in to the email address above with ‘Volunteer’ as subject

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Pictures Against Prejudice, Call For Entries

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In light of the recent Supreme COurt ruling re-criminalising homosxuality in India, the theme of Pictures Against Prejudice has been changed to ‘In and out of the Closet’.
Entries are welcome from all over the world – photos/cartoon/caricature – and the last day to submit is 15th January, 2014.

Have a look at our Last Year Collection here

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.425081597561166.90652.415804931822166&type=1

Send your Art Work on team.getoverit@gmail.com

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Dirty Talk 6.0, Call For Entries

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Dirty Talk 6.0 : January 31st, 2014 : Call For Entries
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Q. What happens when you criminalize the gays?

A. You have rainbow prison outfits! How wonderful!

Ladies, Gentlemen, Criminals! Welcome back to the 6th edition of Dirty Talk! As you may have heard, the highest court of the land has just criminalized …umm…everyone. Yet, being the real troopers that we all are, when the law takes away our liberty and freedom, we come back with more humor, snark and fabulousness.

In 2014, we are bigger, badder, bolder but most importantly we have grit, drive and determination to be dirty the only we know how to – By being ourselves.

Its been a long while since back in the day during the first pride in 2009 where we last walked as proud and gay convicts with rainbow stripes. Now having gone back and totally not being okay with it, it’s time to stand in solidarity and have our voices resonate louder through the streets ( ok, microbreweries) of Mumbai.

Join us at Dirty Talk 6.0 on Friday, 31st January 2014 as we parade our haute new rainbow prison outfits.

From my humorous disposition, you can probably see that I am already practicing my stand up act for the evening (fingers crossed, I am not booed off the stage). But Gaysi wants you! If you are interesting in performing, no better time than now to be heard.

Send us an email with a copy of your act and become infamous. A little bit of ass kissing (puns intended) and bribery might even launch your career into overdrive (although MJ is a very hard person to please – gay lord do I know that!)

Few things to keep in mind:

1. Send us your entries at gaysifamily[at]gmail[dot].com

2. Only original Queer content

3. Please remember that your gloriousness will only be allowed a maximum of 5 minutes of performance time. We have limited time and multiple royal acts to accommodate.

4. You are not allowed to read out from a piece of paper, so start memorizing your pieces. Bonus points to those who can dramatize their piece.

5. We will be running rehearsals where the performers can practice their pieces and Miss Universe victory waves.

Remember;

6. Last date for submitting entries is – 10th January, 2014

So come forward, and lets be fabulous!

Gaysi Family

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Review of The Amazing Q Hunt by one of the podium finishers

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“Barbie prince calls you to the Garden of Cypress”. That was the first clue of the Amazing Q Hunt organized by Shushil & team as part of pride festivities. The hunt was simply amazing. Out in the sun after a long time, we did crack interesting clues like first one. We ran, made cow dung cakes, discovered new localities, conversed with several unknown faces, had neem/karela juices, joy ride in sea, found interesting straws and glasses (oh chilled glasses, we almost lost the hunt 😦 ), photographed ourselves with missing horse, landmark art galleries, libraries. The best part was selling balloons to three different set of persons. My favourite was last couple to whom I explained pride festivities, expected pride march, meaning of lgbt & ‘Q’ in Q hunt while selling two balloons. Oh man I did it! first pride selling:). Then we were sent to ‘ashes of dreams’ to calculate our savings. Finally we reached last destination & were offered hot green chillies. Dear organizers, chillies were much better than dhoklas you
made us to eat in the morning :). Yep we had a rocking time. Q Adda plz dont
wait for pride festivities for this amazing hunt. At least you may think of making it a
quarterly feature. It was a memorable hunt, hunted lovely friends, bonded well with competitors. Sushil, Aryan, Nitin, Arjun, Ankit, mihir and team! Keep it up. We thoroughly enjoyed. Congrats to winners, but yeah next time clear the podium for us…. 🙂
Key takeaways 🙂
1.) Do not be farsighted 😦 look for things, places and of course love nearby.
2)When caught in a `No’ Zone, fake that you are from Dubai! No, not to police but ever willing businessmen/sellers or tell them how u may miss ur next flight 😦
3) When there is need to beat long queue, emote how ur love was left inside without mobile :).
4) And yeah start running, or you may have already lost….
For further details on the QAM Pride March or any of the Events please contact
Harrish Iyer : +91-9833100340
Praful Baweja : +91-9870213831
Sibi Mathen : +91-9867397744

Online Fundraising for Mumbai Pride Parade

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2013 is the right time to fight against gender & sexuality discrimination. 

Like every year, in less than 30 days now – on 2nd February, Queer Azaadi aka QAM Mumbai would do Mumbai Pride Parade on the streets & before that organise Pride week events across our city with the intention of creating heightened awareness for Equality

Of course, we will have a lot of majja-masti all throughout with Rock Concert, Dirty talk, Q – hunt, Dancing Queens, Ek madhavbaug, Bar Night & much more. 

For all this, WE NEED MONEY. We have gathered only half the sum till now. So, please lighten your purse & Your Wallets. Maybe its time to remove your much loved credit card out. 🙂 

humaari maddad karo!

http://gaysifamily.com/2012/12/15/queer-azadi-mumbai-qam-2013-time-to-show-you-care/

Ek Madhav Baug at Prithvi Theatre, Juhu, 9pm show on 15th and 16th January

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Alternate Initiatives presents “Ek Madhav Baug,” a Hindi play by the late celebrated playwright Chetan Datar. “Ek Madhav Baug” is a pioneering play about homosexuality and acceptance of the gay community. A 70-minute soliloquy, it has been translated into Hindi by Mona Ambegaonkar and Vivek Anand, and is enacted by Mona Ambegaonkar.

This poignant play tells the story of a 21 year-old youth coming to terms with his sexuality. The play is seen from the point of view of his mother who discovers that her son is gay and through his diary, relives his journey of discovery of his own sexuality.

Ticketed Performance at Prithvi Theatre, 20 Janki Kutir Juhu on January 15th and 16th at 9pm. The play will be presented in Hindi.

Show Timings- 9pm
Ticket price:- Rs 125/-
Box Office no for Prithvi: +91 (22) 26149546
For online booking click below
http://in.bookmyshow.com/plays/Ek-Madhav-Baug-Hindi/ET00010685

(click on timings next to show)
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QUEER AZAADI MUMBAI PRIDE FESTIVITIES 2013

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13-JAN-13 SUNDAY 

GBs Kite Flying 
Juhu Beach. the lane next to the Tulip Star Hotel (the old Juhu Centaur). 
The lane runs between the hotel and the Janki Kuntir colony 
3:30pm
http://www.facebook.com/events/327297340716211/

Yaariyans Queer Games
Juhu Beach. the lane next to the Tulip Star Hotel (the old Juhu Centaur). 
The lane runs between the hotel and the Janki Kuntir colony 
4pm
http://www.facebook.com/events/369323616497364/

15-JAN-13 TUESDAY

Ek Madhav Baug
Prithvi Theatre, 20 Janki Kutir Juhu Church Road, Mumbai
9pm
http://www.facebook.com/events/398271370259000/

16-Jan-13 Wednesday

Ek Madhav Baug
Prithvi Theatre, 20 Janki Kutir Juhu Church Road, Mumbai
9pm
http://www.facebook.com/events/398271370259000/

20-Jan-13 Sunday

Gay Bombays Family Meet
Karma lounge, Opera house, Grant Road
3 to 7pm
http://www.facebook.com/events/325829244189915/

26-Jan-13 Saturday

The Q-Hunt
All over Mumbai
8am to 5pm
http://www.facebook.com/events/154171491397901/

27-Jan-13 Sunday

Dirty Talk 3.0
Apicius – Kitchen & Bar, 8th Floor, Blue Wave, Off Link Road, Andheri Lokhandwala, Mumbai. 
Tel No. 022 26734338, 022 26734337
5pm
http://www.facebook.com/events/340064176101770/

28-Jan-13 Monday

Pictures Against Prejudice
Bombay Connect Conference Room, The Hub, 4th Floor, Candelar Building, 26 St John Baptist Road, Near Mount Mary Steps, Bandra (W)
11am to 8pm
http://www.facebook.com/events/109150912594472/

29-Jan-13 Tuesday

Pictures Against Prejudice
Bombay Connect Conference Room, The Hub, 4th Floor, Candelar Building, 26 St John Baptist Road, Near Mount Mary Steps, Bandra (W)
11am to 8pm
http://www.facebook.com/events/109150912594472/

Q-Bar Night
The Little Door, Andheri West

30-Jan-13 Wednesday

Q’NEMA
IIT Bombay, Powai
6pm to 10pm
http://www.facebook.com/events/269991709796511/

31-Jan-13 Thursday

Q’NEMA
IIT Bombay, Powai
6pm to 10pm
http://www.facebook.com/events/269991709796511/

1-Feb-13 Friday

Queer Rock Concert
Carter Road Amphitheatre, Bandra (w)
6 to 9pm
http://www.facebook.com/events/492108840840668/

2-Feb-13 Saturday

Queer Kreeda
August Kranti Maidan, Grant Road
12pm to 2pm
http://www.facebook.com/events/216446895158642/

QUEER AZAADI MARCH
August Kranti Maidan, Grant Road
2pm
http://www.facebook.com/events/123754891125525/

*Flashmob- Surprise! 

Yaariyan’s Q-Fete aka Gulaabi Mela – A QAM Fundraiser on 02 Dec 12

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ImageYaariyan’s  Q-fete or Gulabi Mela, an Unique Event which will be a Fundraiser for Mumbai Pride! Come join us with you friends to experience food, drinks, games, tarot reading, Queer Books, awesome accessory stalls, exotic underwear, along with makeovers, workshops, DJ and a dance floor! Everything you can imagine and more!

Where : MoonGlow Lounge, above Gloria Jean’s Coffee, Juhu (Next to Prithvi Theatre) (You  need to take the spiral staircase on the left side of Gloria Jean’s)

When : SUNDAY, 2nd December 2012, 2pm-9pm

How much : Rs. 30/- (Yes, just THIRTY) uptil 5pm
Rs. 50 after 5pm to enter the first and only all day party and fair yet and all of this goes to QAM so show up in huge numbers.

WorkShops:

3:30pm – Face Reading and Numerology workshop

4:30pm – Street Jazz workshop

5:30pm – Live Musical Performance

6pm – War of Go-Go Boys!

6:30 pm onwards : Gossip’d DJ Nik will set the dancefloor on Fire!

Note :
1.You have to be 18 years old or above to attend this event.
2.Alcohol will only be served to those over 21years of age.
3.Smoking is not permitted on the premise.
4.Drugs and other illegal substances are strictly prohibited.
5.Outside Food and Drinks are not allowed.

to connect to the facebook event CLICK HERE