Glaring social issues dominate the matrix of this world, especially as we see an escalating radical right wing tilt in most political establishments. The minorities have come under the radar, an endangered species if we may call. In this ‘brave new world’ however, there are those who are trying to relentlessly protect the interests of the marginalized.
CREW (Changing, Reforming and Empowering the World) is one such NGO which was started to counter the entrenched oppressive practices that we as a majoritarian society tend to subscribe to, whether consciously or subconsciously. Members of CREW had been working day in and day out to spread awareness about the event, targeting the most active and volatile section of the society: the youth. Their posters decorated various hallways beckoning people to adopt an open-minded approach to gender and eventually transcend the stereotypes that they are restrained by.
Hence, it had taken the initiative to organize a fashion show exclusively for the transgender community. The event, ‘TRANSform’ was held on November 18th 2016, at the Law Auditorium in Panjab University, Chandigarh amid much cheer and support from the youth. With illustrious names such as P.K. Bansal and Pardeep Chabra gracing the occasion, they hoped to get their message across to a vast audience. It had participants from all across the country walking the ramp for one sole reason: recognition; for once, for the marginalized to claim the centre stage.
“Fashion is the means by which we express who we are and who we want to be, there could be no better platform than to stage an event that wants to show the society who we want to be”, said the members of CREW.
While the headlining segment of the event was the fashion show, it also involved a number of performances including dancing, singing and poetry recitation, and even a lottery contest for the audience. The fashion show was divided into three parts: ramp walk, introduction and talent showcase. The competition was fierce and saw the participants putting in their utmost and sincere efforts. The winners were: Bunty, Devyanshu and Mahi. The audience was ecstatic and immensely supportive of the participants. They left no chance to encourage them with their reckless hooting and applauses.
The event was a small step towards accepting differences. ‘TRANSform’ promised to enlighten, enrich and empower, not only its participants but also the audience; and it delivered.
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Luck favors those who work hard. Hi, I am Raahat Sarpal, quite creative and a passionate writer. I write what I feel or what is happening around me. For me its more important to earn knowledge that bucks. A great learner today will surely be some huge earner tomorrow; that’s what I believe.