HARKAT STUDIOS | MARCH 2021
Screening of #FivefilmsofFreedom followed by a panel discussion with the team behind Bodies Of Desire along with Bonita Rajpurohit. Panel Members included Varsha Panikar, Saad Nawab, Asawari Jagushte, Doel Rakshit, Bonita Rajpurohit, Omkar Sharma.
THE DREAMER ISSUE
'Daydream' from Varsha's series 'Dream Diary' was published by @localcolourzine @unknown_queenb, in their Zine called the ‘The Dreamer Issue’.
THE LIPSTICK POLITICO
Panikar’s essay 'Labels, In A Not-So-Perfect World', on why labels matter in the discourse around gender, identity and self expression. Let’s be honest, the Indian entertainment industry has never been the vanguard of positive depictions of gender, sexuality, or any group of minorities, writes filmmaker Varsha Panikar (@fromtheafterglow).
THE RIGHTS COLLECTIVE
Featured in the Zine - ‘Resilience’, November 2020 issue by the Rights Collective, together with guest editors South Asian Sisters Speak (SASS), featuring brown womxn of south Asian descent. Read the Zine here.
ROGUE THE ZINE
Published in Love Portions, in the February 2020 issue of Rogue - The Zine by Ratio Auream Publishers under the publications One Point Six One Eight Imprint. Available on Amazon&Kindle.
LONELY HEARTS CLUB
Released on Lonely Hearts Club. Put your headphones on, get comfortable, and get ready to descent into the tantalising world of Alex&Julia.
Title - Eternally Entwined from the series @bodiesofdesire.
Words, Voice & Art - Varsha Panikar @fromtheafterglow
Curated by Anuja Ghosalkar @anujaghosalkar
For Lonely Heart Clubs @lonelyhearts5678.
Lonely Hearts club is a magical, seductive and safe haven created by @anujaghosalkar, for gender-positive & queer audio-erotica that ranges from poetry, literature to confessions and real-life tales. A late night club for kindred souls searching and yearning to be swept away into an erotic fantasy, partly composed by their own imagination, chaperoned and simulated by the euphonious and bewitching voices of some brilliant authors and artists.
Nazariya QFRG | MARCH 2021
In conversation with Maithilee from @nazariya.qfrg regarding their film @bodiesofdesire. Discussed multi-media art, queer activism, importance of representation, and platforms like #FiveFilmsForFreedom.
#FiveFilmsForFreedom is brought to you by @britisharts @britishfilminstitute #BFIFlare. In India, @inbritish partners with @thequeermuslimproject. Check out the full programme on @inbritish’s bio.
BI-COLLECTIVE PODCAST 'PASSING BI' | MARCH 2021
In their first episode, Suryatapa @sunworship_ and Navdeep from the Bi Collective Delhi talk to non-binary filmmaker Varsha Panikkar @fromtheafterglow about their short film Bodies of Desire as part of British Council's #FiveFilmsforFreedom, #FiveFilmsForFreedom is brought to you by @britisharts @britishfilminstitute, an annual program featuring five LGBTQI interest films curated by BFI Flare.
In India, @inbritish partners with @thequeermuslimproject. This episode was edited by Navdeep. The show art has been made by Sukh Mehak Kaur @firozi_fankaara . Both are founding members of the Collective.
LONDON HUNGAMA | 25 SEPTEMBER 2020
In conversation with Almass Badat on @hungama_ldn to discuss queer representation in Indian Cinema, the challenging gaze itself & how they are shaping the future of film making with Bodies of Desire, the visual-poetry film out now on @nownessasia.
QUEER ART EXCHANGE 2.0 - DESI BIPOC EDITION | FEBRUARY 2021
A 2 hour art showcase, hosted and organised by Nhylar featuring music, visual art, spoken word, performance art etc. by queer desi/BIPOC artists, along with breakout room sessions we like to call "Energy Exchange Circles" in-between performances to connect art lovers with artists and one another.
BRITISH COUNCIL ARTS & BFI | MARCH 202A
Five Films For Freedom 2021: In conversation with Saad Nawab & Varsha Panikar. Directors Saad Nawab & Varsha Panikar tell us about their film 'Body of Desire', a sensual visual poem celebrating gender-less love and desire. The film is one of five films selected for Five Films for Freedom, running 17 – 28 March 2021 alongside BFI Flare, the LGBTIQ+ film festival. Five Films for Freedom, the world's first global, digital LGBTIQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer) short-film programme is brought to you by the British Council and the British Film Institute (BFI), enabling people from all over the world to watch five films from the festival for free online.
QUEEREEL BY TRANSiSTANCE | MARCH 2020
A panel discussion by TRANSistance on the visibility of LGBTQIA+ lives in creative mass media platforms, organised by transgender people in collaboration with individuals across the spectrum and organisations led by queer people. Hosted by Doel Rakshit with Varsha Panikar, Asawari Jagushte and Anish Gawande as the panelists.
TASTIVA | MARCH 2021
Art and Activism in Indian Trans + Non-Binary Communities
THE DEVIL & THE DEEP BLUE SEA | DECEMBER 2020
An evening of evening of carefully curated performances, dramatized readings, film screenings organised by The Gay Gaze Bombay. Original poetry and writings, performed by Varsha Panikar alongside a screening of their film, Bodies Of Desire. Other performances included works by Kim Kaul, Asawari Jagushte, Doel Rakshit and Gurleen Kaur.
INSTALLATION - QUEER FUTURE ARCHIVE | MARCH 2020
An Afterpartycollective Installation showcased at Riverside Theatres, Western Sydney, supported by @parra_artiststudios at "Burn All The Books That Call You The Unknown" (exhibition by @fadescha).
Featured works include @loveandotheroutdoorgames @minor_grace #drawingresistance @jahangirasgarjani @koshywada @mansi9710 @riotlrrrkhi @shubhamboseroy @fromtheafterglow @qfuturesparty and more
A pop-up art exhibition cum sale related to realities and resistance, in an effort, to start conversations around resistance by marginalised genders through art. Artist on show - Varsha Panikar, Vaishali Soni, Aishwarya Nabh, Subha, Alisha Huang, Boomranng Studio.
An Words Unboxed : Poetry Open Mic. Featured poets - Varsha Panikar, Alizeh and Anagha, alongside pop up art exhibition from their series, Bodies Of Desire.
Open Mic Evenings