Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Hijra Renaissance

hijra renaissance
haji malang
drum beats and dance
hijra life to glance
a travesty of gender
luck by chance
in between two lines
a unique
unusual romance

Hijra in Red at Haji Malang

atop a drum
at haji malang
the hijda in red
high strung
the crowds
in ecstasy
their lungs
on the hijra
they flung
the epitome
of the hijras
mother tongue
just rhythmic beats
lyricless rhapsody
a moment tantalizingly

For quite some time, I have not seen hijras, after Reshma Hijras wedding dance event, but for the last two days on my way to Lokhandwala Andheri, I met them yesterday at the 4 Bunglow signal and today at the 7 Bunglow signal..

And I shot their pictures I have not posted yet..hijras intrigue people, I know people who hate hijras as they would their worst enemy..and yet Hijras are human and one has to see them understand their angst , the ambiguity of their gender..

The Hijra is born of pain..however hard he tries to impersonate a woman..he still lacks the reproductive powers of a woman..he is in a conundrum, neither man nor androgynous anomaly...stalked by a photo blogger whose soul is embedded in the microcosm of the hijras life..

Lalbaugh Chya Raja Mukut Darshan 2019

I am perhaps the only Muslim shooting Lalbaugh Chya Raja for over 20 years or more ,,thanks to Mr Sudhir Salvi head honcho of the Mandal.....