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Q’nema – Queer Film festival – January 30 and 31 at IIT Bombay, Powai


Saathi, the LGBTQ resource group of IIT Bombay in association with Queer Azaadi Mumbai (QAM) and KASHISH Mumbai International Queer film festival is hosting Q’nema 2013 at IIT Bombay, Powai.

This year, Q’nema will be a two day fare showcasing Queer film culture worldwide. It will feature award winning films from the 3rd edition of KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival. In attendance, we also have a few surprise guests!

Date & Time: 30 Jan 2013 and 31 Jan 2013 (2 days) – 6PM to 10PM

Full address of the Venue:
PC Saxena Auditorium
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
Powai, Mumbai – 400076

Kindly carry a Government/Employee issue Identity Card with you to gain entry into the campus.

All are invited!


schedule qnema

Dirty Talk 2 : Sunday, 02 September 2012


DirtyTalk Final web Dirty Talk 2 : 2nd September (Sunday), 2012


“Dirty Talk Encore (Open Mic)”

An original evening of spoken word, poetry, & song

by and for our LGBT community

2 September 2012
At The Little Door (Andheri West)

Did you enjoy being in the spotlight during the last edition of Dirty Talk? Or did you regret not being part of the fun? Did jealousy kick in when you heard your friends talk about the tears of laughter in their eyes? Here’s your chance to make up for the lost opportunity.

Dirty Talk is back for an encore and the basic funda remains the same—At GaysiFamily’s “Dirty Talk” you get to be the star in your very own production. What are you good at? Singing or dancing? Acrobatics? Not talking? Talking dirty? It doesn’t matter what it is you do; if you can entertain, the stage is yours for the taking. Everyone is encouraged to submit their work and share their voice.

If you are interested in performing, please make sure you read our guidelines and send in your details to gaysifamily[at] While we are particular and would like to have our acts confirmed ahead of time, we are happy to make room for latecomers too (time permitting). After all, we know watching everybody else having fun on stage is going to inspire you to get up there yourself!

Please note that since the venue has been provided free, the capacity is limited. To get the best seats, come as early as you can. Early birds will also be in for a pleasant surprise.

Alright then, chop chop, go on and submit your work and spread the word. Bring friends or a date, and even your straight colleagues. We have plenty of seats to fill and many surprises to brighten your day.

(Confirm your attendance on our Facebook page)

We can’t wait to see you!
Team Gaysi


* 40% of the proceeds will be donated to QAM for Mumbai Pride Week 2013

** Entry fee of Rs. 150 

*** Happy Hour (5PM-6.30PM) : 25% off on all Indian made foreign liquor/INR 997 for a pitcher of classic cocktail 

(Credit : content extracted from Click Here)

“Raise Your Rainbow”…Join Us @ Humsafar Trust to celebrate


Raise your Rainbow- A QAM Event
Date: 2 July 2012
Venue : HST DIC, Vakola

Queer Azaadi Mumbai(QAM) will be celebrating the 3rd anniversary of the Delhi High Court Verdict on 2nd July 2012. QAM will be celebrating this event with the theme “Raise your Rainbow”. One of the activities under this theme will be a get together of all queer supporters to celebrate this event. The event will be held at The Humsafar Trust , Drop In Centre at Vakola from 6 pm onwards till 9 pm.

This event will not be structured and the community and its supporters are free to “Raise their Rainbows” in a spontaneous manner. We will be having the following activities that have been decided by QAM to provide the community a platform

1. Slide show of all the Pride Pics 2009-2012 on the Screen

The slide show will run throughout the length of the program and will be a compilation of images available in public domain of all the Pride Parades and QAM events held so far.

2. Screening of 365 without 377 (subject to permissions)…others docus welcome

This is a documentary that was produced when we celebrated the first anniversary of section 377 at Azaad Maidan and will be played for those who have still not seen it. Apart from the 3 main protagonists it includes a whole host of people who have made QAM events successful and fun.

3. Arrangement of Speakers and mike for an Open Mike session – Theme: Raise your Rainbow

A mike will be organized for anyone who would like to raise their rainbow with an impromptu speech , poem , song or even plain “naarebaazi” to motivate the supporters.

4. Dancing Queens To Raise their Rainbow

A performance from “amchya Sundaris” who will bring in the anniversary with their matkas , jhumkas and their ghungroos.
The venue will be decorated in Pride Colours and we hope the community will join in to Celebrate the occasion.

The evening will be emceed by Praful , Pallav and Harish .

Dress Code:

Wear your Pride Colours

Dos & Donts:

· All supporters irrespective of sexual orientation and identity are welcome.

· Do not abuse the place by smoking,alcohol or any form of substance abuse such as gutkha, weed etc. the building is a no-smoking zone

· HST is a safe space and we request that the space or the event is not used for sex , sexual advances that may make participants/supporters feel insecure.

Please feel free to invite your friends to the celebrate with us

the short link to the facebook event is


Pride Note


Time to Assemble: 3 pm

What time will The March begin: About 4 pm

Where will we march to : Girgaum Chowpatty.

Who will lead us: The QAM Banner and the Giant Pride Flag.

Where to Assemble: Outside August Kranti Maidan . Since we do not have permissions to assemble inside the Maidan we will assemble outside the Maidan on the pavements all the way upto Nana Chowk. Collect your posters and banner that you would like to march with . Get your mini Pride Flags

How do we know that the March has begun: The banner and the flag start marching . The security volunteers will start telling you to join in the march behind the flag .

Do’s and Don’ts: Do stand on the pavements, dont stand on the road .Allow the flag and banner to move ahead without obstructing its way. People around AKM will follow the flag first and will be joined later by people on pavement towards Nana chowk.

Avoid smoking in public. Keep the march clean , no liquor or greater smokes or spirits.

What Happens next: Nashik Dhols start at the Nana Chowk and the march has begun.

On arrival at Girgaum Chowpatty: Expect some refreshments, talk , have fun , disperse in a while and the join the Post Pride Party at Karma(Charged entry)

“Love Is In The Air” pride week special (report)

As a special tribute to the Queer Azaadi Mumbai  Pride week,  a play directed by Kaizad Kotwal & Vishal Asrani, called “Love is in the Air …. somewhere over the rainbow” was staged on 21 & 22 Jan at the Comedy Store, Palladium, Phoenix Mills.

Belting out hits like I will survive, vogue, fever, take a chance on me and Born this way, the cast consisting of Vishaal Asrani, Sarosh Nanavaty and Mansi Multani enthralled one and all, impressing upon us the vocal prowess as well as the brilliance of the divas LGBT community always revered. Icons like Madonna, Gloria Gaynor, ABBA, Sarah Mclaughlin were as though present in the auditorium with their support.

The humour, music and kitschy backdrop of golden shimmer curtain with smiling faces of talented dancers brightened up the evening and also drew applause, whistles and laughters throughout 120 minutes duration of the show.  The choreographer for the show Longines Fernandes (who has choreographed for Slumdog Millionnaire in past) has done a fabulous job with permutations and combinations to show various love equations with all genders and all in between as well.

They pulled in tricks and surprises with audiences – many from our community calling them upon stage, gifting straight couples and flirting with gay singles, effortlessly putting across the message of equal love and life given to each individual, we got more than we bargained for.  Quite literally, all the audience members were urged to shell out donation for QAM, which they obliged us with & we flashed our cute smiles distributing Small little QAM cards asking the audience to join us on 28 Jan.  The makers – Kaizaad Kotwal & Mahabanoo Kotwal were sweet enough to make announcements to support us and also provided us an opportunity to offer final words to the audience to ensure our message reaches everyone. Also, during their show on Sunday, 22 Jan, they invited the hyper enthusiastic QAM team Sibi and Namrata (who were jumping over their seats all through in excitement in this classic play) to speak to the audience about the pride week. This gave us an opportunity to personally extend an invitation to the audience there.  The enthusiastic audience also lightened their wallets and purses to get the QAM donation box to weigh more.

We look forward to having Mahabanoo and Kaizad along with the entire team – Love is in the Air”, join us at the Queer Azaadi Mumbai : Pride March on Saturday 28 Jan 2012.

A classical beginning to a colourful week! (report )


We couldn’t have had a better start to the week full of festive fervour. The Queer Azaadi Mumbai 2012 : Pride Week began with a ‘Colors Of India’ : a classical dance concert at the Amphitheatre of the new Annexe Campus at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Deonar. As the music and dance weaved its spell at the amphitheatre, slowly the crowd started trickling in, and in just a while we were almost a full-house.


Prof. E. Toupou who has been associated with TISS since the past 3 decades and has been instrumental in several socio-environmental initiatives in TISS lit the lamp – an auspicious beginning to the ‘Queer Azaadi Mumbai 2012 : Pride Week’

Details of the Performances:

As a part of the event ‘Colors of India – Through the Eyes of a Dancer’ dance forms like Kathak and Bharatnatyam were presented in innovative and interactive ways by renowned artists.

Bharatnatyam performances were rendered by Nilesh Singha and Amol. Kathak was by Sunil Sunkara and Saurabh Masurkar.

The evening opened with a vandana by Nilesh and Saurabh followed with a piece on Lord Shiva by Nilesh. Sunil performed Teentaal, a Thumri and a Natwari piece followed by Saurabh who continued Teentaal with a technical elaboration. Sunil performed the mesmerising ‘Raag Yaman’ which literally means “one that soothes your mind”. Nilesh once again performed a amazing piece on “Draupadi Vastraharan”. The spirit of true unity and fusion of two dance cultures was displayed in a blend of Kathak and Bharatnatyam in a Tarana

Sarang Bhakre presented a Marathi poetry in through a dramatic act. And Amol had people on feet, cheering with his Bharatnatyam on a bollywood medley.

Sunil performed ‘Sanjini’ a magical piece of foot work by pandit Shri Birju Maharaji followed by a dance on ‘lagi tujse mann ki lagan’.

The best thing about the evening were the explanations before each performance by the artists that gave context to the content that we witnessed.

The evening ended with all the dancers performing to the soul touching poem by Shri Rabindranath Tagore ‘Ekla chalo re’. It was at a this high emotive note at 10 pm, that we called it a day leaving a few members of audience with moist eyes.

And thus we begin with Queer Azaadi Mumbai 2012 : Pride Week

Harish Iyer concluded the event by saying “We respect Indian traditions and customs, and here we begin our Pride Week by showing – how vibrant it is”

Yes. It was vibrant…. And HOW!

Report on ‘Colors of India – Through the Eyes of a Dancer’


The dusk of January 21, Tata Institute of Social Sciences witnessed wonderful and mesmerizing performances of classical dances. Colors of India – Through the Eyes of a Dancer, presented Bharatanatyam by Nilesh Singha and Amol, Kathak by Sunil Sunkara and Saurabh Masurkar, and a dramatic poetic recitation by Sarang Bhakre.

The evening began with a Vandana by Nilesh and Saurabh followed by a piece on Shiva by Nilesh. Sunil performed Teentaal, a Thumri and a Natwari piece followed by Saurabh who continued Teentaal with a few technical elaborations. Next, Sunil performed the mesmerizing ‘Raag Yaman’ with literally means, one that soothes your mind. Nilesh once again performed an amazing piece on Draupadi Vastraharan. The sprit of true unity and fusion of two cultures were displayed in a blend of Kathak and Bharatanatyam in a Tarana. Sarang Bhakre presented a Marathi poetry in one act while Amol had people on their feet, cheering with his Bharatnatyam on Bollywood medley.

Next, Sunil performed ‘Sanjini’, a magical piece of foot work by Pandit Birju Maharaj ji followed by ‘Lagi tuzse man ki lagan’. The evening ended with the recitation of a soul touching poem by Rabindranath Tagore, ‘Ekla chalo re’,  which a few audience members said moved them to tears.

Author: Saurabh Masurkar