PANEL DISCUSSION LIVE

TAKING #PrideBeyondTheMonth 🌈

 

14 July 2021
How can brands become better allies to queer people and be truly inclusive, even after Pride month? Varsha Panikar, Suruj Rajakhova, and Oishorjyo will share their thoughts in this candid panel discussion, hosted by Doel Rakshit from Brand Movers India on Instagram Live.

 

Watch the discussion HERE.

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LIVE INTERVIEW + Q&A

 

EROS TANTRA & EMBODIMENT FESTIVAL

REDEFINING CULTURE & EROTICA

 

12 June 2021
A talk about Varsha's experience as a non-binary QPOC person, experience with collaborating and making erotica, and how this redefines, reclaims and represents an ever-changing erotica culture, especially in India, where sexuality, sex, and desire is still looked at with shame to a great extent. We'll also speak a little about safe performance practices/workshops that ensure safety and consent on set while shooting intimate scenes.

Watch the interview HERE.

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PANEL DISCUSSION LIVE

LGBTQIA++ REPRESENTATION in the India Entertainment Industry

 

18 June 2021

A discussion with Faraz Arif Ansari- Director of Sisak, Sheer Qorma; Tathagatha Ghosh, Film Director, Varsha Panikar, Writer and Filmmaker and Kalki Subramaniam, Founder of Sahodari Foundation on the portrayal of the LGBTQIA++ community in the Indian Entertainment Industry at #PrideLiveFest

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INTERVIEW + Q&A - LIVE

THE RIGHTS COLLECTIVE'S ZINE LAUNCH 

22 April 2021

For the launch of Brown Bodies Zine, project lead, Habiba chats with Mathushaa Sagthidas, Varsha Panikar, South Asian Book Club and Dr. Fatima Rajina of Nijjormanush on their pieces exploring queerness, capturing brown bodies, South Asian history, and colourism. Watch the whole discussion HERE!

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FILM ANALYSIS

& PANEL DISCUSSION

THE WHITE ROSE CLUB * GLASS EYE GARGI

 

11 April 2021

The White Rose Club in collaboration with Glass Eye Gargi hosted a film analysis of 'The Portrait of a Lady on Fire' with Asawari Jagushte, Avijit Mukul Kishore, and Varsha Panikar on Google Meet.

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SCREENING + Q&A

HARKAT STUDIO

27 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.

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INTERVIEW & Q&A

BI COLLECTIVE DELHI

11 April 2021

In their first episode, Suryatapa and Navdeep from the Bi Collective Delhi talk to non-binary filmmaker Varsha Panikar about their short film Bodies of Desire as part of British Council's #FiveFilmsforFreedom,

 

#FiveFilmsForFreedom is brought to you by British Council and British Arts, an annual program featuring five LGBTQI interest films curated by BFI Flare. In India, British Council partnered with The Queer Muslim Project. This episode was edited by Navdeep. The show art has been made by Sukh Mehak Kaur. Both are founding members of the Collective. LISTEN to the PODCAST HERE.

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INTERVIEW & Q&A

NAZARIYA QFRG

26 March 2021

In conversation with Maithilee from Nazariya QFRG regarding their film Bodies Of Desire. Discussed multi-media art, queer activism, importance of representation, and platforms like #FiveFilmsForFreedom.

 

#FiveFilmsForFreedom is brought to you by British Council and British Arts, an annual program featuring five LGBTQI interest films curated by BFI Flare. In India, British Council partnered with The Queer Muslim Project.

WATCH the interview HERE.

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SCREENING

QUEER ART EXCHANGE 2.0

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.

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INTERVIEW

BRITISH COUNCIL ARTS &

BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE

February 2021

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. 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. WATCH the interview HERE.

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INTERVIEW + Q&A

HUNGAMA LONDON

February 2020

In conversation with Almass Badat on Hungama London 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 Nowness Asia. WATCH the interview HERE.

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FEATURED

THE GAY GAZE BOMBAY

2021

A feature by The Gay Gaze Bombay.

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FEATURED

ASTITVA PRODUCTIONS

2021

Art and Activism in Indian Trans + Non-Binary Communities.

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