Transgender arts festival kicks off
Thiruvananthapuram: Sandrya Sanu, who is in her early 20s, felt like a school student again while participating in the short story writing competition held at Government Model Boys Higher Secondary School, Chalai, on Friday. Sanu is among those participating in ‘Varnapakittu 2019’, the first ever transgender arts festival organized by the social justice department.
As many as 125 people registered for the two-day event. “I have participated in youth festival during my school days and have won prizes for short story and poetry writing competitions in state level. I felt like a child again participating in the competition,” said Sanu, a native of Kottayam. Sanu works as a beautician in Ernakulam.
It was a moment of joy for Pramod Prameela, an entrepreneur from Vizhinjam, to be felicitated by minister for social justice K K Shailaja. Prameela owns a small cattle farm. “I have struggled a lot after revealing my identity. I had to beg for food and lived on the streets. Later, I came know about a training programme conducted by the animal husbandry department and completed the course. And with support from my mother and partner, I was able to start a business ,” said Prameela.
The minister felicitated transgender persons for their achievements. “Similar to Adam Harry, who was provided financial assistance to achieve the dream of becoming a pilot, any transgender person who wants to go for higher studies will be provided support by government,” said Shailaja. Project officer of state transgender cell Shyama S Prabha said, “Being a first of a kind event, it had itschallenges, but it was fun arranging the venue and inviting the participants”.
Courtesy : TNN