Monday, September 13, 2010

Media coverage on Kovai Rainbow Film Festival (கோவை வானவில் திரைவிழா பற்றி ஊடகங்களின் பார்வை)

Dinakaran Newspaper published a photo news about the event. 

THE HINDU published an excellent article on the event.

Maalai Malar Tamil evening daily coverage

UTV - Coimbatore Tamil channel's coverage of ovai Rainbow Film Festival 2010

Kovai Rainbow Film Festival - August 26th 2010 (கோவை வானவில் திரைவிழா)

The Rainbow film festival was the first of its kind in Coimbatore.  Under privileged transgender women who have been trained under the innovative community journalism project called ‘Project Kalki’ showcased their short documentary films in this festival. A total of seven transgender women documentary film makers’ films were screened in the festival.All these women were trained by transgender rights activist Kalki Subramaniam.

Transgender woman Sandhiya Jagan’s documentary film on abandoned aged people called ‘Abandoned Souls’, transgender woman  Sowndharya’s ‘My mother’ which was about the relationships of transgender women and their mothers, Kanchana’s documentary ‘Hope’on differently abled people , Renuka’s documentary on homeless families ‘An unheard voice’, Abinaya’s self portrait on her dance life ‘Abi, with love’, Santhiya Chandru’s documentary ‘Pain of poverty’, Thenmozhi’s documentary on her HIV + friend Seema called ‘My friend Seema’ were the filmed  screened in the festival.

All the transgender women whose documentary films were screened were honoured with ‘Project Kalki awards’. This was the first time in the world that seven underprivileged transgender women could showcase their film making skills together in one film festival.

The audience were the LGBT community people, their families, writers, philanthropists, documentary film makers, college students, businessmen and professionals and media persons. More than 200 people participated in the Kovai Rainbow Film Festival.   Ther film makers were introduced to the audience byMs.Kalki Subramaniam who trained them. The film makers shared their experience with the audience and answered their questions.

More information about the documentary films and the film makers can be seen at the PROJECT KALKI website

The audience are eager to watch while the team prepares last minute screening work

Kalki poses a smile in front of a banner

Introducing the documentary film makers after the screening

Sowndharya and Renuka pose happily

One big picture - The festival team with college students

Media coverage on Love & Equality ('காதல் நீதி' நிகழ்வுபற்றி ஊடகங்களின் பார்வை

This photo courtesy: The Hindu, Coimbatore
The Hindu, Coimbatore did a beautiful story on the event. Please see

Dinamani Tamil Newspaper coverage on the event 'Love & Equality'. 

Dinakaran Tamil Newspaper coverage on the event 'Love & Equality'

Dinathanthi Tamil Newspaper coverage

Love and Equality - Lets talk about LGBT love ( காதல் நீதி) - August 17th 2010

Continuing the celebrations of the Kovai Rainbow Festival, an open discussion seminar on love and equality for the  LGBT community was organized on August 17th 2010 at Hotel Tamilnadu premises, Gandhipuram, Coimbatore. Named 'Love & Equality - Lets talk about LGBT Love', the event was inaugurated by well known poet and philanthropist Puviyarasu.

The event was hosted by Ms.Kalki Subramaniam. Not only the LGBT people but also students, human rights activists, writers and LGBT supporters from different walks of life participated in the event. The event was a great awareness campaign on true love and commitment which exists in the LGBT community.

The banner outside

The audience inside the venue

Kavignar Puviyarasu (right) smiles, while a college girl speak on transgender love

The Sahodari girls with Rainbow flag

Sundari, a transgender woman shares her happy love life 

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Events - Kovai Rainbow Festival

The following are the events planned for the Kovai Rainbow Festival. Mark your calender folks!

  • August 6th in the Press meet we released the postcards 'Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness'
  • August 17th - Love and Equality - Lets talk unspoken love. An open discussion forum on love, mariage and relationships of the LGBT community and the release of book 'Kaadhal Neethi' authored by transgender rights activist Priyababu.
  • August 26th - Kovai Rainbow Film Festival - Short documentaries on LGB issues and premiere screening of short documentary films made by transgender women of Sahodari team
  • Two Radio shows planned (dates will be announced shortly)
  • August 27th - Kovai Rainbow Parade

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Kovai Rainbow Festival Press meet - கோவை வானவில் விழா பத்திரிக்கையாளர் சந்திப்பு news on Kovai Rainbow Festival. கோவை வானவில் விழா பற்றி தினமலர்.காம் செய்தி

New Indian Express Pressmeet Coverage
Dinathanthi newspaper coverage