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Premankur Biswas


On a street far away, looking at a police car in the eye: ‘Today, I am no criminal’
Fri, Sep 07, 2018

"There is a long way to go. But today, maybe even people in small towns and states will wake up and realise that we too are people, and we deserve to live and love," said Vidya Rajput, one of the most prominent transgender rights activists in Chhattisgarh.

I never thought I would live to see this day: Queer activist on 377 verdict
Thu, Sep 06, 2018

“I never thought I will live to see this day,” says Sahni, who was a member of AIDS Bhedbhav Vidroh Andolan (ABVA), the first organisation to file a petition asking for Section 377, which criminalises homosexuality, to be struck down.

Gay in Gorakhpur: What it means to be a queer person in small-town Uttar Pradesh
Sun, Aug 05, 2018

What it means to be a queer person in small-town Uttar Pradesh. Gorakhpur's hoardings, like those of hundreds of small towns in India, is asking its young to leave in no uncertain terms.

The world Mrinal Sen built
Mon, May 07, 2018

One of the foremost filmmakers of our time, Mrinal Sen matched his strident politics with breathtaking storytelling. As he turns 95 on May 14, a look at the enduring arc of his work and how the man who was known for his plainspeak was also a master at looking inwards.

Kolkata teacher says he was fired from reputed school because he is homosexual
Wed, Mar 21, 2018

The principal of the Kolkata school, Moon Moon Nath, rubbished the allegations and said Abhijit Kundu himself asked to be removed as a full-timer.

‘I am a lesbian’: Kolkata girls’ school forces 10 students to ‘confess’ in writing
Tue, Mar 13, 2018

The parents blamed the school for arm-twisting the girls into signing the written admission. The school said the move was aimed at bringing the students on “the right course”.

Shades of Me
Wed, Feb 21, 2018

A photo project tries to capture the dreams and vulnerabilities of LGBTQI people in India.

Dear Sabyasachi, my mother gave up sari for a reason and she won’t be shamed for it
Tue, Feb 13, 2018

When Sabyasachi stated that Indian women who don't know how to wear saris should be ashamed of themselves, he didn't explicitly state that Indian women should wear saris at all times. But to burden them with a compulsion is unfair.

Here lies Hindoo Stuart: Inside the 250-year-old Park Street cemetery
Sun, Jan 28, 2018

The Park Street cemetery, which is now 250 years old, is home to stories of Kolkata’s past and present.

Supriya Devi is no more, but her feminist legacy lives on
Sat, Jan 27, 2018

Supriya Devi, famous for her role in Meghe Dhaka Tara, lived on her own terms on and off screen. She passed away at 85

The Queen is always right: Two young Delhi lawyers on why they do drag, and why it is political and personal
Sun, Dec 24, 2017

Two lawyers, who have performed as a drag queens in a number of queer events in Delhi for the past few months talk about their love for drag, understanding gender roles and how their profession inspired them to embrace their drag persona.

The right course
Sun, Nov 19, 2017

The sailor, whose service was terminated by the Indian navy after a gender reassignment surgery, explains why she is fighting back.

Stuck With Them Pretty Pictures
Thu, Oct 13, 2016

Does Bengali cinema have a Rituparno Ghosh problem?

Mahasweta Devi, voice of subaltern, rebellion
Fri, Jul 29, 2016

Mahasweta Devi, who was born to a poet father, Manish Ghatak, and a social worker-writer mother, Dharitri Devi, in Dhaka in 1926, never shied away from politics.

Freedom Calling
Sun, Jul 24, 2016

On July 31, 1995, the first mobile phone call in India was made in Calcutta — an event that surprised the rest of the country and transformed the lives of many

I don’t let a theatre release decide the fate of my film: Brahman Naman director
Sun, Jul 17, 2016

Q’s new film is not playing at a theatre near you; the director of Brahman Naman on showing on Netflix, the women in his films and his fascination with boys on the throes of manhood.

The Indian Ghost Busters: Searching for paranormal activity in India
Wed, Jul 13, 2016

The death of paranormal investigator Gaurav Tiwari has put the spotlight on a little-known profession

Body of work
Sun, Jun 19, 2016

For a long time, Manohar Aich was an exotic exception in a cerebral Bengali male world. He would probably have felt more at home today.

One of oldest photo studios in the world, Kolkata’s Bourne & Shepherd shuts down
Fri, Jun 17, 2016

Once an important landmark of the city, an assortment of imported vehicles would be parked outside the building through the 1940s to the 1980s, say an admirer

An hour upon the stage
Sun, Jun 05, 2016

A photo exhibition in Kolkata on the last generation of jatra artistes reveals the people holding up a dying art form.

Around the world on Grindr: Finding love in the Time of GPS
Sun, Jun 05, 2016

What do you do when you just can’t date in your backyard? Download an app, and take a trip around the world.

Remembering Rituparno Ghosh: Female Gaze
Tue, May 31, 2016

On the film-maker's third anniversary, we remember one of Indian film industry's revolutionary film-makers, Rituparno Ghosh.

Back from Everest, Kolkata’s frostbitten survivor plans her next climb
Mon, May 30, 2016

Sunita, 42, who was a part of the tragic Everest expedition of May 20, was flown into the city on Saturday evening.

A day in the life of a CPM office in Kolkata: ‘We are in hiding’
Sun, May 29, 2016

Jyoti Basu’s laminated photo is the only spot of colour in an office with three leaders buried under papers, posters, and hemmed in, they say, by TMC threat

The Nation and the Goddess
Tue, May 17, 2016

Abanindranath Tagore’s iconic 1905 watercolour Bharat Mata is now on display at the Victoria Memorial Hall.