Harassed, shunned by family, losing livelihoods – trans folk in Tamil Nadu are seeing the worst of times
July 29, 2021 | Reporting: S. Senthalir | Photographs: M. Palani Kumar
While the pandemic has devastated many folk artists across Tamil Nadu, trans women performers have been among the worst hit – with barely any work or income, and no access to aid or state benefits
July 27, 2021 | Reporting: S. Senthalir | Photographs: M. Palani Kumar
PARI volunteer Sanket Jain aims to traverse 300 villages across India and, among other stories, produce this feature: a photograph of a rural scene or event and a sketch of that photograph. This is the fifth in the series on PARI.
February 19, 2018 | Sanket Jain
Changes in technology, in audience tastes, shrinking performance spaces – have all impacted the tamasha. Troupe owners have mixed feelings – is the tamasha in danger or will Mangala Bansode's art form survive?
December 7, 2017 | Vinaya Kurtkoti and Shatakshi Gawade
The tamasha remains popular in rural Maharashtra, where many see it as a more stable form of livelihood than agricultural labour, though profits are lean and the schedule is gruelling. One of the biggest troupes is run by Mangala Bansode, who received a National Award in the Creative Arts category yesterday, October 9