The dance academy for transgender people has now been established in the capital of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, Abhedashramam. Aswathy Thirunal Gowri Lakshmi Bayi, a renowned writer from the Travancore State and Royal Family, inaugurated the third chapter of the academy founded by Sri Sathya Sai Orphanage Trust.
The inaugural ceremony was attended by notable personalities such as K Gopakumaran Nair, senior vice president of the trust; KN Anandakumar, founder and executive director of the trust, who delivered the welcome address and Ramkumar, secretary of Abhedashramam as chief guest, presided.
The dance lessons will be provided free of charge, and so far nearly 30 transgender students have registered. The classes will be led by Gopika Varma and Gayathri Subhramaniyam, the directors of the Transgenders Dance Academy, reported The new Indian Express.
The first and second chapters, titled “Sathya Sri Sathya Sai Dance Academy for Transgenders”, were launched at North Paravoor in Ernakulam and Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
For the inaugural function of the Chennai academy, Dancer K Vanithasree gave a five minute recital on Rama Natakam which captivated the audience at the event. This dance academy also marks the entry of the organization into Tamil Nadu.
The founder and executive director of the trust said: “We opened a dance school in Kochi last month. Thirty-six contestants are now learning legends like Gayathri Subramanian and Gopika Verma. They have already completed four Bharatanatyam classes and traditional dance forms of Kerala like Mohiniyatam”, quoted The Hindu.
Classes at the Chennai School will begin on June 10 at Anita Guha’s School of Dance in T Nagar.
The purpose of these dance academies is that transgender people rarely have the opportunity to show off their skills. After learning from here, the group will be able to form a dance troupe and perform in various programs. Once well trained, they can also start teaching and earning a living.
First Academy of its kind
The collector Jafar Malik inaugurated the first dance academy of this type. The trust had announced the opening of the academy for transgender people in Kerala during the inauguration of the Chennai chapter some time ago.
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