Stirring The Pot

It’s just under a week before the Mumbai Queer Azaadi March (QAM) festivities begin. In anticipation of their upcoming kick-off performance, I wanted to pay a visit to a rehearsal of India’s first and only queer Flash Mob, a dance contingent organized and supported by Yaariyan, the youth branch of The Humsafar Trust. Last year, the Flash Mob made a big splash in the media when it became India’s first queer-organized dance group of this kind. Today, they are prepping for another media blitz set to start off this month’s QAM festivities. During one of their rehearsals, I sat down with the group’s choreographer Kam Gade. This is what he had to say:

I happened to be there to witness last year’s Flash Mob, the first of its kind in South Asia. I covered the event with filmmaker Sridhar Rangayan, Executive Producer of Solaris Pictures. He turned our combined footage into a viral video. In case you’re interested, have a look:

There really isn’t much of a science to the Flash Mob. But, in a way, that’s the point. “We’re just here to have fun,” says Kam. Still, for other Flash Mobbers, the group is much more than a social hang-out. “It feels good to be a part of something big like this. It makes you feel like you have a place in this world. This is my place,” says Sheldon, a Flash Mob dancer. For all of its participants––gay, bisexual, lesbian, queer, transgender, straight alike––it’s about getting together and forging important emotional bonds through coordinated physical exercise. Ok, I wouldn’t call it “exercise” for its participants. Nevertheless, it seems that for them, the physical act of sweating together serves the metaphorical role of the shedding of labels that bind them to particular sexual, ethnic, religious, or economic identity categories. If taking over public spaces, like Marine Drive in south Mumbai, constitutes the symbolic act of foundation building, then it is their blood, sweat, and tears (of joy) that make the cement, caulk, and porcelain tiling that help erect this community.

Keep an eye out for the QAM Flash Mob 2013 on YouTube starting on January 26th.

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20 Comments to Stirring The Pot

  1. Jeff dat is just amazing… i lov d way u pictured all of us…v all lov u….

  2. Siddharth Arya on January 29th, 2013
  3. Wow, thanks Siddharth! So glad you like it. :) You guys rawked the house last Friday! Stay tuned for the viral video. It should be up and running by the end of the week vis-a-vis Prashansa! Cheers.

  4. Jeff Roy on January 29th, 2013
  5. Hi Jeff,

    We love what you do and its really nice to have you around. Love your work and kudos to the way you capture these moments and make them priceless.

    Loads of Love
    Neal

  6. Nea; on January 29th, 2013
  7. hey siddharth;
    you doing an awesome work…..we all friends are proud of you, keep up the good work..

  8. dilesha on January 29th, 2013
  9. Hey Jeff,

    That was an excellent piece of shoot. Brilliantly covered.
    Its always a pleasure to have you around….

    Luv….Girish G

  10. Girish Gupta on January 30th, 2013
  11. Hey Jeff…kudos!! Great job! :D

  12. Divij on January 30th, 2013
  13. Good work Kam & team, amazing video Jeff – Kudos!!!

  14. Jay on January 30th, 2013
  15. Hey Jeff! I love how you’ve captured such lovely moments of QAM activities to shape this work.
    Very well made! keep up the good work! :)

  16. payal on January 30th, 2013
  17. hey jeff awesome work….congrats kam

  18. BHUMIKA on January 30th, 2013
  19. This is so enjoyable to see them taking it to the street and having so much fun in the bargain! YAY!

  20. Greg McCombs on January 30th, 2013
  21. Only you can take all the blabbering I did and make me look like I was making sense. Another great video, love your editing skills. <3

  22. Kam on January 31st, 2013
  23. Hey Jeff, this is such an amazing work! Loved the write up, loved the video, loved the editing, loved the way it was shot. A very impactful vid which will definitely reach and touch many souls.

    And by the way Kam, you actually made lot of sense. :-)

  24. Crazy Sam on January 31st, 2013
  25. Like the simplicity with which the video has been shot and the honesty of the message!

    More power to you Jeff and keep doing what you are doing – the world needs it :)

    Cheers

  26. Simran on February 1st, 2013
  27. SWEET!!!!!! wow.

  28. katy on February 1st, 2013
  29. Thanks for your sweet comments, everyone!

  30. Jeff Roy on February 1st, 2013
  31. Amazing as always Jeff. :) Now if only one could be arranged for when I’m visiting in November. Nothing big — a few fireworks to complement the dancing, etc. etc.

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