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Transgender and non-binary individuals had been requested to decorate in the personas they felt mirrored their inside selves. See how superbly they turned out in the artwork mission Truth Dream. 

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Updated On Jan 22, 2022 08:24 PM IST 9 Photos
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In Bengaluru, Payana, an NGO working to empower Karnataka’s sexual minorities, collaborated with Maraa, a media and arts collective, to offer 12 members from the city’s transgender community a chance to dress like they feel. What emerged were looks that borrowed from pop culture, cinema, myth and everyday reality. Lakshmi, 54, picked a bejewelled golden sari and ornate jewellery, inspired by images she’d seen of maharanis of Mysore. (Photo courtesy Jaisingh Nageswaran)

In Bengaluru, Payana, an NGO working to empower Karnataka’s sexual minorities, collaborated with Maraa, a media and humanities collective, to supply 12 members from town’s transgender neighborhood an opportunity to decorate like they really feel. What emerged had been appears to be like that borrowed from popular culture, cinema, fantasy and on a regular basis actuality. Lakshmi, 54, picked a bejewelled golden sari and ornate jewelry, impressed by photographs she’d seen of maharanis of Mysore. (Photo courtesy Jaisingh Nageswaran)

Updated on Jan 22, 2022 08:24 PM IST

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Some, like Bernie, 55, found enough inspiration in everyday ideas of what was stylish. The sculptor posed as a drag king, complete with suit, moustache and beard. He wanted to impress his girlfriend and friends, he said.(Photo courtesy Jaisingh Nageswaran)

Some, like Bernie, 55, discovered sufficient inspiration in on a regular basis concepts of what was trendy. The sculptor posed as a drag king, full with go well with, moustache and beard. He needed to impress his girlfriend and pals, he mentioned.(Photo courtesy Jaisingh Nageswaran)

Updated on Jan 22, 2022 08:24 PM IST

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Chandni, 49, a relationship manager at a tech company, founded Payana in 2009, and thought up the photo project. Her own fantasy: to dress like Kalidasa’s Shakuntala, a beautiful woman and daughter of a royal sage. “I thought this would make a man fall in love with me,” she says. (Photo courtesy Jaisingh Nageswaran)

Chandni, 49, a relationship supervisor at a tech firm, based Payana in 2009, and thought up the picture mission. Her personal fantasy: to decorate like Kalidasa’s Shakuntala, an attractive lady and daughter of a royal sage. “I thought this would make a man fall in love with me,” she says. (Photo courtesy Jaisingh Nageswaran)

Updated on Jan 22, 2022 08:24 PM IST

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Costumes, makeup, hair and backdrops filled out the fantasies. Reshma, 60, embodied the look of the late actress Sridevi. She posed in a blue sari, inspired by the song Kaate Nahi Kat Te from Mr India (1987). (Photo courtesy Jaisingh Nageswaran)

Costumes, make-up, hair and backdrops crammed out the fantasies. Reshma, 60, embodied the look of the late actress Sridevi. She posed in a blue sari, impressed by the track Kaate Nahi Kat Te from Mr India (1987). (Photo courtesy Jaisingh Nageswaran)

Updated on Jan 22, 2022 08:24 PM IST

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Shobhana’s look drew on mythology, specifically Ardhanaishvara, a male-female form of Shiva, with his consort, Parvati. (Photo courtesy Jaisingh Nageswaran)

Shobhana’s look drew on mythology, particularly Ardhanaishvara, a male-female type of Shiva, together with his consort, Parvati. (Photo courtesy Jaisingh Nageswaran)

Updated on Jan 22, 2022 08:24 PM IST
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Bhanu, 52, a transgender activist, turned into an apsara, with a matha patti, multiple necklaces, bangles and a kamarband. Her childhood idol, actress Jayamalini, was the inspiration for her transformation. “As soon as my makeup was done, I felt like I’d transformed into Jayamalini,” Bhanu says. (Photo courtesy Jaisingh Nageswaran)

Bhanu, 52, a transgender activist, became an apsara, with a matha patti, a number of necklaces, bangles and a kamarband. Her childhood idol, actress Jayamalini, was the inspiration for her transformation. “As soon as my makeup was done, I felt like I’d transformed into Jayamalini,” Bhanu says. (Photo courtesy Jaisingh Nageswaran)

Updated on Jan 22, 2022 08:24 PM IST

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Fans of Tamil cinema might recognise Nadiya’s avatar right away. She dressed as Nandini from the film Chinna, a feisty wealthy woman who has to fight for her relationship with a village boy.(Photo courtesy Jaisingh Nageswaran)

Fans of Tamil cinema may recognise Nadiya’s avatar immediately. She dressed as Nandini from the movie Chinna, a feisty rich lady who has to battle for her relationship with a village boy.(Photo courtesy Jaisingh Nageswaran)

Updated on Jan 22, 2022 08:24 PM IST

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More film references. Revathi embodied Andal, from the 1968 Tamil film Thirumal Perumal. In the film, Andal, who is a reincarnation of Lakshmi, wins over Vishnu with her devotion. (Photo courtesy Jaisingh Nageswaran)

More movie references. Revathi embodied Andal, from the 1968 Tamil movie Thirumal Perumal. In the movie, Andal, who’s a reincarnation of Lakshmi, wins over Vishnu along with her devotion. (Photo courtesy Jaisingh Nageswaran)

Updated on Jan 22, 2022 08:24 PM IST

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Shobha, however, merely used the project as an opportunity to glam up. Her fantasy, one of the dozens of models peppered across pop culture.(Photo courtesy Jaisingh Nageswaran)

Shobha, nevertheless, merely used the mission as a possibility to glam up. Her fantasy, one of many dozens of fashions peppered throughout popular culture.(Photo courtesy Jaisingh Nageswaran)

Updated on Jan 22, 2022 08:24 PM IST
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