Kalki -The life and times of an Indian transwoman

An open letter from Kalki

From Kalki's Music Project - Liberation Arts Troupe (விடுதலை கலைக்குழு)

Dear friends,

I have formed one-of-a-kind arts troupe called Viduthalai Kalai Kuzhu (Liberation Arts Troupe). Twenty five underprivileged transgender women who have great interest in music, dance and theatre have been chosen to be a part of this troupe. All of these women come from a very poor background. Most of them are still into begging and sex work. These are women who want to change their lives and the lives of others for good.

These 25 women will undergo training in Tamil folk music, dance and theatre along with African and South American tribal aboriginal music. The teachers who would train them are some of the best sound and music gurus from India, Europe, Africa, USA and other parts of the world. This has been possible through my friends in Auroville. After an intensive training, the troupe will perform at events in different parts of the country. We already have invitations to perform in different mega events. This project will not only provide careers for transwomen but also bring them respect as artists. This will change their lives and open them a new world of opportunities and possibilities.

Our music troupe will not play any electronic instruments. We play only wooden, bamboo, clay and stone instruments. The ministry of Social Welfare of Tamilnadu has encouraged us by donating 15 Thappu drums worth Rs.25,000. However, we need the following 20 more musical instruments:

Metallophone(2)
Xylophone(1)
Tubalophone(1)
Glassophone(1)
Lithophone(1)
Bamboo shakers(2)
Full set of body and dance rattles (10 sets)
Palmyra nut shaker(1 set)
Bamboo bongos(1)
Bamboo scraper(2)
Overtone bamboo flute(2)
Overtone copper flute(1)
Ocarina(2)
Ocean drum (2)

We also are in need of:
1. Venue for practice in Chennai
2. Sponsorship for training (food, travel costs and other expenses of the students and the honorarium for the music gurus)

My dear friends, I request you all to help and support me to make this initiative a success. This project will change 25 people's lives and inspire hundreds of transwomen to follow these 25 role models.

You can sponsor any number of instruments or if you have a space for practice, let me know. The sponsorships for all the above requirements will bring media's attention and good will for the sponsor.

With lots of Love,
Kalki.S

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15 Comments

  1. wish u all success

  2. I like u forever. i love u, i marrige u

  3. Nice idea. I will try to help U.
    for details i will call U

    ANIL KUMAR (Hyderabad

  4. Ok..I have just added the link in my orkut..i will write to some of frnds too..

  5. i like to hear more from you

  6. one & only kalki rocks…..

  7. so nice of you mam… its a great idea that you trying to uplift tha marginalised people.. all the best.. i will try to help help you and i will forward to my friends also

  8. hi, friend

    romba nalla visayam neenga panrathu,..but nalla aangala parthu avanga kasu kudukalena…avangala nalu per munnadi asingama pesura aravanigalum irukanga so pls..avangalaium neenga solli thiruthunga friend

  9. Nice post…Thank you for sharing some good things!!

  10. Great sharing this.

  11. Thanks,A very good idea to develop and upliftment of transgender people.I really want to help those people.

  12. Reply to:
    Rommba correcta sonneenga!

  13. Thanks, A very good idea to develop and upliftment of transgendered people. I really want to help those peole.

  14. Hi Kalki, I was actually going through you all blogs and sites. The achievement you have done is Absolutely Fantabolous. I really appriciate the courage you have. I wish you all the very best in whatever you do. God Bless you. I would like to help your organisations will send you a mail shortly.

  15. I must digg your article therefore other people can look at it, very helpful, I had a hard time finding the results searching on the web, thanks.

    – Murk

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