Hyderabad: Ganesh Chaturthi brings cheer to transgenders and they consider it as a ‘festival of dignity’ as it helps them to rake in good moolah and interact with the public.
Anju Unni, a Ganesh devotee, said, “The festival doesn't discriminate. Each pandal has different festivities. We see many transgenders dressed up as mythological characters.”
The dress code depends on the theme of the pandal. While some focus on Shiva, others focus on Goddess Kali. The costumes will vary accordingly.
Rachana Mudraboyina, a transgender, said, “Transgenders dress up as professionals. It is a means to earn money, which can go up to Rs 1,000 per day. Many of us take the clothes and ornaments on rent, costing Rs 800. We enjoy it.”
In some cases, transgenders are hired by bands or committee members who pay for their make up.
Sreenidhi S (name changed), said, “I wait for the season. It is a time of worship and enjoyment. We are also asked to give prasad to followers. A lot of devotees take selfies with us and dance along with us.”
The gender bias is not visible, she added. Flat associations, who organise their own Ganesh pandals, also invite transgenders to join their processions.
“Children admire the make up we use during the celebration,” said a transgender.
“The association pay the money on time. So, it is good,” she added....