It was a fun-frolic afternoon to celebrate the independence of gender movement. Troyee Foundation, an organisation to emancipate the gender marginalised community, celebrates the annual day at Purbashree Auditorium, EZCC, Saltlake.
The function titled “Chandik Utsab 2018” kicked off with the august presence of Dr. Shashi Panja, Honorable Minister for state in charge of Women & Child Welfare. The function was also attended by Dr. Manabi Bandopadhyay, India’s first ever transgender college principal; Dr. Sujoy Prasad Chatterjee, eminent elocutionist; Mr. Kohinur Sen Barat, eminent dancer and many more.
“After lot of revolution we the people of third gender community are marginalised. In every aspect the talent and quality we have are suppressed, so we were badly looking for a platform of our own. Troyee Foundation is meant to play this anchor role for providing a definite platform to perform. There are many amongst us who are immensely talented but are denied opportunities, jobs for belonging to the LGBT community. We are trying to bring these talents out in the open,” said Shree Ghatak, Founder Troyee & India’s first legally married transgender. So to promote them the foundation organises cultural shows, produces films and holds exhibitions in a regular interval.
Livelihood is also a major issue for this gender marginalised community. So Troyee Foundation is engaged in skill development of this people. The foundation organises workshop in regular interval. “We want to show them a path to develop their skill for livelihood. Recently we have organised few free workshops on makeup art, candle making, jute bag and jewellery production. There were trainings on cake, cookies and chocolate making also. This is to mention that those workshops were free for all even those who are not from this community but belongs to marginal class we provide them this support,” Ghatak added.
Members of the foundation were presented various cultural performances on this occasion. “Ek Onnyo Nari Kahini,” a dance drama based on the life of Ghatak was also performed by the members. A website of the foundation was also launched on this evening.