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So Many Mudras

The life-stories all have a common core. The early awareness of difference, a bodily and affective strand that set them apart. Then the confusion and degrees of rejection, and lastly the triumphal joy of claiming their true self. Minu Ittyipe talks to six trans people.

So Many Mudras
So Many Mudras
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2016-08-13T14:28:41+05:30

Chennai
Narthaki Nataraj, 52, Classical Dancer

“In the whole world, only the Indian government has awarded a transgender with an honour, and I was the first recipient in 2011. What a moment it was.”

I was born in Madurai in a well-off fam­ily. I had nine siblings. I don’t remember ever feeling like a boy. I realised that I was caged in the wrong body. I was not accepted by my family. At that time, no one knew much about the state of transgenders. I was an embarrassment to my parents so I had to leave my house at an early age. I did some menial jobs with my friend Sakthi Bhaskar. Sakthi and I are from the same town. We studied together and noticed our similarities. We left our homes together as our families did not accept us and she has been my support ever since. My sex change was a painful process. But, when I finally...

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