Section #377 of the Indian Penal Code makes
homosexuality illegal. It criminalizes sexual
activities which are ‘against the order of
But what is so unnatural about having lovers
of the same sex?
When a guy and a girl are involved in
everyday activities, it doesn’t seem weird.
Because apparently it is not ‘against the
order of nature.’
In these photographs, the participants are
straight. But when they are involved in
intimate everyday activity, why does it
suddenly seem so repulsive to some people?
The concept of this project is that gender is
not related to intimacy or lust. Emotions
exist in their purest form without gender or
Sexuality or physicality merely gives
emotions a form. It has nothing to do with
sexual orientation or preference.
‘The photographs depict souls belonging to
bodies, not to any orientation.’
These photographs were taken by Aritra
Sarkar and exhibited at FTII, Pune. All
photographs were taken in absolute
minimum lighting conditions using a 600D
without any post production.
#Pandavani (literally meaning ‘songs of the Pandavas’),
is a lyrical folk ballad form that narrates the story of
Pandavani theatre usually has a lead
artist and some supporting singers and musicians.
There are two styles of narration in Pandavani -
Vedamati and #Kapalik. In the Vedamati style, the lead
artist narrates the story in a simple manner, sitting on
the floor throughout the performance. The Kapalik
style is livelier, with the narrator enacting the
incidents and characters.
Harshal Sanghvi married his longtime
boyfriend Matt in a ceremony officiated by a
friend in California.
It involves the preservation of forests on the hill tops
as they are the catchment for the water. At the next
level are the ponds dug out to hold rainwater, which is
brought there through small channels. These channels
are even dug across ‘pucca’ roads! They serve as
reservoirs with their bottom and sides rammed and
compacted so as to reduce seepage. The water is
passed through cattle yards and let into the paddy
fields located below. This water carries the dung and
urine of the animals to the fields below- perfect to
meet the nutrition needs of the soil.
These paddy fields are also used to rear fish, yielding
about 50-60 kg of fish per hectare as an additional
output. The bunds of the ponds also support a huge
variety of medicinal plants and herbs. The ponds are
constructed in a way that the distribution of water is
uniform. Inlet channels are dug to carry water from
one pond to the next.
Sushant, who was representing India in the
6 annual Mr Gay World contest, won two
titles in the second day of the contest. He
won the titles of Mr. Congeniality and Mr. Art.
He also won the People’s Choice Award.