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									Siddhartha Gautam Film Festival 2009
Remembering Siddhartha and his work through films and dialogue on
gender, sexuality, human rights, sexual health and HIV

                             January 24-29, 2009

                             Bhubaneswar, Bhadrak, Titlagarh,
                             Balangir, Siliguri, Kolkata
                             Solidarity and Action Against The HIV Infection in India (SAATHII)
                             Bhubaneswar and Kolkata

                             In partnership with
                             Fellowship, Bhadrak * Santi Seva, Bhadrak * Saraswati, Betaligaon * Rajendra Yuvak
                             Sangh, Balangir * Laxminarayan Group, Balangir * Maa Manikeswari Group, Titlagarh
                             Northern Black Rose, Siliguri

With technical and funding support from
Interact Worldwide, London * DFID-Civil Society Challenge Fund, Glasgow

Contacts: Bhubaneswar: Mayadhar Rath – 0 99370 24014; Kolkata: Soma Roy Karmakar – 0 98307 19020;
Overall: Anupam Hazra – 0 94331 56951, Pawan Dhall – 0 98312 88023

About Siddhartha Gautam
Siddhartha Gautam was a lawyer and human rights activist and worked on a variety of
issues related to discrimination against vulnerable groups of people in India. He was
one of the first people in India to talk about HIV/AIDS as a human rights issue and
started AIDS Bhedbhav Virodhi Andolan (ABVA) in 1989-90 in New Delhi, the first
                                  AIDS activist group in the country. His excitement with
                                  the group was tangible as ABVA made its presence felt
                                  through public protests against discriminatory policies.
                                  ABVA also initiated a petition campaign that helped
                                  prevent the passing of the draconian AIDS (Prevention)
                                  Bill of 1989. Siddhartha’s work as a lawyer in New Delhi
                                  strengthened these efforts.
                             Through ABVA, Siddhartha also pushed issues
                             concerning sexual minorities in India. He was
                             responsible for bringing out “Less than Gay – A
                             Citizen’s Report on the Status of Homosexuality in
                             India”, the first report of its kind and published only
                             about a couple of months before his death. Siddhartha
                             also worked with ABVA to publish a series of well-
                             researched reports on the status of other vulnerable
groups of people like women in prostitution, professional blood donors and drug
dependents, who are stigmatized by public policies and prejudices around HIV/AIDS.
He worked on environmental issues and in the movement of justice to the Bhopal gas
victims. Once he helped organize a tour of USA by a number of Bhopal gas survivors,
as part of a publicity campaign against Union Carbide.
Siddhartha died of cancer in 1992 at the age of 28. But he lives on in our memories and
through the issues he worked on. With this event, we seek to continue Siddhartha’s
engagement with human rights issues, and through it, pay our tribute to the vision and
spirit of Siddhartha.

About Siddhartha Gautam Film Festival
The main purpose of the event is to screen films that deal with the different human
rights issues that Siddhartha worked on, and in the process provide a platform for
filmmakers working on these issues to show their films. In particular, the film festival
tries to support and encourage Indian filmmakers. The event also aims to provide an
opportunity for dialogue on issues relating to different vulnerable groups, provide a
safe space for their members and for those who wish to engage themselves with issues
concerning the groups. In this context, the event hopes to link members of the audience
who have faced or are facing human rights violations with relevant resource persons.

The multiple-venue film festival is being organized in Kolkata, Siddhartha’s birthplace,
for the fifth year. SAATHII and its partner organizations first organized the festival in
Kolkata in 2003. It was inspired by a similar festival organized by The Friends of
Siddhartha group in New Delhi each year from 1993 to 2003. The festival includes
screening of feature films, docu-features, documentary films, music videos and other
audio-visual productions. The screenings are interspersed with interaction with the
filmmakers, sharing of personal stories and panel discussions on issues around gender,
sexuality, same sex relationships, human rights, sexual and reproductive health and
HIV/AIDS. The film festival is a non-commercial venture.
Since 2005, the festival’s agenda has also included the
announcement of the SAATHII Rainbow Film Awards, the
first award of its kind in India that honours Indian films
portraying sexual minorities, issues that concern them and
actors in the roles of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender
characters. The winners of the first awards were Onir for “My
Brother Nikhil”, which was voted the “best film portraying
lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender characters and issues”, and
Purab Kohli in “My Brother Nikhil” as the “best actor in the
role of a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender character”.
The main aim of the awards is to make the “voices of sexual
minorities” heard by filmmakers and convey the message that sexual minorities have an
opinion on the films that portray them. These opinions should be taken seriously by the
filmmakers and other artists involved in the making of films, so that the portrayal of
sexual minorities becomes more sensitive and mature.
While the first awards in 2005 were decided through votes cast by 106 lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender people across West Bengal, the 2007 awards were decided by
a five-member jury of community leaders representing the “rainbow diversity” among
sexual minority communities. Simi Deka’s “Roses May Not be Red” won the best
feature film award, while Ashish Sawhny’s “Happy Hookers” was adjudged the best
documentary / docu-feature focusing on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues.
Premjit won the best actor award for his performance in Sridhar Rangayan’s “Yours
Emotionally!” The next awards are slated for 2010.
The film festival, in 2005, also made its debut outside the metro cities in Chandannagar,
a town neighbouring Kolkata in Hooghly district of West Bengal. Amitié, a
Chandannagar-based support group for sexual minorities, partnered SAATHII in this
venture. Similarly, in 2007, the festival, apart from screenings in Kolkata, toured twin
city Howrah and Beherampur (the headquarters of Murshidabad district in West
Bengal). It also crossed the borders into Bhadrak in Orissa, the first ever venue for the
festival outside West Bengal.

Bhadrak was also where SAATHII started mobile film shows, adding another
innovation to the Siddhartha Gautam Film Festival agenda. A vehicle moved around
several public locations in Bhadrak town and its neighbourhood, screening short films,
animation films and music videos on the themes of gender, sexuality, human rights and
HIV/AIDS. In these mobile shows, SAATHII’s partner organizations always play a big
role in organizing and publicizing the film shows.
This year, in its fifth edition, the festival has a five-day schedule in Orissa and West
Bengal. The festival makes a debut in Bhubaneswar, and then moves on with mobile
film shows to Bhadrak and its neighbourhood, Titlagarh and Balangir. Next, it crosses
over to West Bengal and travels to Siliguri, before winding up in Kolkata. In its own
way, the festival seeks to broad base the Indian sexual minority and associated
movements – both geographically and culturally.

               Siddhartha Gautam Film Festival 2009 Schedule

Day 1: January 24, 2009: IDCOL House, Bhubaneswar, 1.30 pm to 5.30 pm

1. Inauguration: Welcome address and presentation on the film festival: Mayadhar
   Rath, Mitali Mohanty, Pawan Dhall, SAATHII; inaugural address: Chief Guest
   Anantanarayan Jena, Mayor, Bhubaneswar Municipality; Keynote address: Chief
   Speaker Parmeswar Swain, Project Director, Orissa State AIDS Control Society,

2. “68 Pages”: Director: Sridhar Rangayan, Producer: Humsafar Trust and Solaris
   Pictures, Mumbai, India, 2008, 90 min, Hindi (sub-titles in English), Feature Film

   Coming from a country like India that is still in denial, where being HIV positive is
   still a curse, “68 Pages” rips open the underbelly of its society to reveal how it
   stigmatizes and shuns those who are HIV positive, or even those who just want to
   be what they are. Through “68 Pages of a counsellor’s diary, we see the stories of
   Payal , a sex worker; Nishit, an injecting drug user; Kiran, a gay man; and Umrao, a
   transsexual bar dancer – their stories of pain and fear, humiliation and rejection –
   not only by the society, but even by their loved ones. While the film exposes the
   shadowiness of the system, it also offers hopes and healing by trying to bring about
   a better understanding of the main characters’ fight to live with dignity. The film is a
   tribute to the human sprit of optimism and survival. Starring several well known
   faces from the Hindi film and television industry, the film won the Silver Remi
   Award at Worldfest, Houston, USA in April 2008.

   Sridhar Rangayan, based in Mumbai, has scripted and directed several short films
   and television content covering various genres – comedy, romance, drama and
   thrillers. He won the prestigious RAPA award twice for Best Comedy, 1999 and Best

   Telefilm, 2000. His debut short film “Gulabi Aaina” or “The Pink Mirror” (2002), a
   Bollywood comedy about Indian drag queens, has screened at more than 50
   international film festivals and won the Jury award for Best Film at Fire Island Film
   Festival, USA and Question de Genre film festival, France. His next venture “Yours
   Emotionally!” has also toured several film festivals and won appreciation in India as
   well. Both “Gulabi Aaina” and “Yours Emotionally!” have featured in past editions
   of the Siddhartha Gautam Film Festival. Sridhar Rangayan is also actively involved
   with human rights issues. Contact:

3. “Aame Chaari”: Director: Pranab Das, Producer: Orissa State AIDS Control Society,
   Bhubaneswar, India, 2007, 22 min, Oriya, Docu-feature

   Four individuals – two men, a woman and an adolescent – find themselves dealing
   with HIV infection under different circumstances, and take a pledge of educating
   others in their village. The film emphasizes that information is important for
   preventing HIV, but so is the willingness to act on that information and social
   acceptance for those infected with HIV.

   Pranab Das is an Oriya film and television director, producer and scriptwriter. A
   significant part of his work focuses on health and development issues. He won the
   Rajat Kamal National Award for films in 1986 for “Hakim Babu”, a feature film that
   touches on issues of respect and care for the aged by the young. Contact:

4. Panel Discussion on Gender, Sexuality, Human Rights and HIV: Panellists: Ajay
   Patra, GIPA Coordinator, Orissa State AIDS Control Society, Bhubaneswar; Namrata
   Chadha, Human Rights Activist and Honourable Member, State Legal Services
   Authority, Bhubaneswar; Sarat Pujhari, Film Personality; Pranab Das, Filmmaker,
   Bhubaneswar; Pravas Misra, Professor of Psychology, Utkal University,
   Bhubaneswar; Sarita Barpanda, Technical Advisor – India, Interact Worldwide,
   Bhubaneswar; Sudhakar Dash, Social Communication Expert, Cuttack. Chair: Mitali
   Mohanty, SAATHII

5. “What Kind of Man Are You?”: Concept Breakthrough, New Delhi, India, 2004, 12
   min, Hindi, Promotional Film

   This short film focusses on male responsibility in the context of sexual health and
   HIV/AIDS. It has versions in several other Indian languages. Contact:

6. “Mamatara Phula”: Director: Sritam Das, Producer: Department of Women & Child
   Development, Orissa, Bhubaneswar, India, 2008, 25 min, Oriya, Docu-feature

   A young woman, an expectant mother, incurs the wrath of her parents-in-law
   because they know that she is carrying a girl child. But the girl child grows up to

   become a doctor and saves her father’s life. The film questions early marriage,
   dowry and female foeticide through a story of prejudice, hatred, love and optimism.

   Sritam Das, based in Cuttack, is a popular Oriya film and television actor and
   director, and committed to social work. He is associated with an STI/HIV/AIDS
   targeted intervention programme run by Swapna, Cuttack. Contact:

Day 2: January 25, 2009: Mobile Film Shows in Bhadrak and neighbourhood
(Charampa, Aradi and Betaligaon), 10.00 am to 6.00 pm

1. “Aame Chaari”: For details, see Day 1 schedule.

2. “Bhulre Bhul Karani”: Director: Ranjit Barik, Producer: Lepra Society, Orissa,
   Bhubaneswar, India, 2008, 32 min, Oriya, Documentary

   The film advocates equal rights for Hijras and other transgender communities, and
   emphasizes the importance of educating them on sexual health issues. Such
   education efforts stand to benefit not just the transgender communities, but society
   at large as well. Contact: sakhyam@lepra

3. “I Am That”: Director: Madhusudan Agrawal, Producer: Rahul V. Chittela,
   Mumbai, India, 2008, 8 min, Hindi (sub-titles in English), Documentary

   Why should everyone fit into the gender binary of man and woman? What about
   those who are both, neither or transgendered (biologically of one sex, psychologically
   identified with the other)? The film talks about the hopes, longings and relationships
   of Pune’s Hijra community. The message for everyone: I am what I am. I am that!

4. “Mamatara Phula”: For details, see Day 1 schedule.

5. “Andhari Aalua”: Director: Sritam Das, Producer: Department of Women & Child
   Development, Orissa, Bhubaneswar, India, 2008, 25 min, Oriya, Docu-feature

   Gender discrimination can take the most inhuman forms in Indian society. A child
   may be still born because of poor care and nourishment for the pregnant woman,
   but it is the woman who is accused of bringing about misfortune. If her husband
   dies of alcoholism, it is she again the “dahani” (witch, man-eater). A social worker
   and a doctor take up the cause of questioning and challenging these myths. Contact:

Day 3: January 27, 2009: Mobile Film Shows in Titlagarh (Hatpada Chhak), 9.30 am to
12.00 pm; Balangir (Beherapalli Club), 2.30 pm to 4.15 pm

Same programme as Day 2 (Bhadrak)

Day 3: January 27, 2009: Mitra Sammilani, Siliguri, 5.00 pm to 9.00 pm

1. Inauguration: Welcome address and presentation on the film festival: Subhadip
   Roy, SAATHII; Aalo Chatterjee, Northern Black Rose, Siliguri

2. “68 Pages”: For details, see Day 1 schedule.

3. “Antaheen”: Director: Biswajit Sarkar, Producer: Avijit Kundu, Kolkata, India, 2008,
   7 min, Bengali (sub-titles in English), Short

   Alkap is a form of folk art (theatre) in the Malda and Murshidabad districts of West
   Bangal. In Alkap young men (“chhokras”) play the roles of women. Some of them
   believe they are women. In one such group of Alkap performers, love blooms
   between a musician and a “chhokra”. They want to escape because society does not
   accept love between two men (or males). After the end of a night show, the two run
   away from the group to an unknown place. But will this make them happy?

   Avijit Kundu teaches at an engineering college in Kolkata and is a passionate
   gender and sexuality activist. Contact: kavijit78@

4. “What Kind of Man Are You?” (Bengali version): For details, see Day 1 schedule.

5. “Being Positive”: Director: Tirthankar Guha Thakurta, Photography: Kallol Nath,
   Kolkata, India, 2007, 5 min, Bengali, Docu-feature

   The film, based on still photography, takes us through the experiences of a
   photographer coming to terms with his HIV positive status. “Being Positive” has
   been screened in a short film contest on Doordarshan Bangla in 2007, and in the
   same year at the 2nd Kolkata Short Film Festival and Chittagong International Film
   Festival in Bangladesh. It also featured in the 14th Kolkata Film Festival in 2008.

   Tirthankar Guha Thakurta plays multiple roles as a doctor, budding filmmaker and
   gay activist with equal passion. “Being Positive” is his third directorial venture after
   “Piku Bhalo Achhey” and “Strangers in the Rain”, both of which won him
   considerable appreciation from diverse audiences in India and abroad. Contact:

6. “Magic”: Director: Tirthankar Guha Thakurta, Photography: Kallol Nath, Kolkata,
   India, 2008, 7 min, Bengali, Docu-feature

   Second in a series of still-photography based films by Tirthankar Guha Thakurta,
   “Magic” takes us through the emotional turmoil of an HIV positive woman who
   finds that she is pregnant. The film premiered at the 14th Kolkata Film Festival in
   2008 at the Nandan cultural complex. Contact:

7. “Isolation”: Director: Sangbit Samaddar, Producer: Sangbit Samaddar, Kolkata,
   India, 2008, 30 min, English, Feature Film

   “Isolation” is the story of a youth isolated from society because he is HIV positive.
   Having lost support from his family, hurting from a failed romantic relationship,
   Vikranth is about to commit suicide when events take a fortunate turn and hope
   flickers again. The film was screened at the 14th Kolkata Film Festival in 2008.

   Sangbit Samaddar, a high school student, has been associated with theatre for a
   long time and has directed and acted in plays. His deep affinity for the camera
   inspired him to pen down and film “Isolation”. This is his first project as a
   filmmaker. Contact:
Day 4: January 28, 2009: Gyan Manch, Kolkata

1. Inauguration: Welcome address and presentation on the film festival: Anupam
   Hazra, Pawan Dhall, SAATHII. Introduction to the theme of the day “Queer and
   HIV activism on the campus through films”: Saptarshi Mandal

2. “Piku Bhalo Aachhey”: Director: Tirthankar Guha Thakurta, Producer: Elton John
   AIDS Foundation, SAATHII, Kolkata, India, 2004, 48 min, Bengali (sub-titles in
   English), Docu-feature

   The filmmaker blends his own story of coming out as gay with a few activists’
   interviews in what is possibly one of the first initiative of its kind in Bengali.
   Spontaneous, touching story telling scores over technical hitches in this debut film,
   which also works well as a tool for NGOs advocating on gender and sexuality.
   When the film was made, the filmmaker was a medical student at Calcutta National
   Medical College. His biggest supporters in the making of the film were his college
   mates. Representatives of Kolkata-based agencies working with sexual minorities –
   Sappho for Equality, Swikriti and SAATHII – were interviewed in the film.
   SAATHII co-produced the film with others in the film crew. The film screened at the
   10th Kolkata International Film Festival, 2004, previous editions of Siddhartha
   Gautam Film Festival, and during gender, sexuality and HIV/AIDS conferences in
   India, Thailand and the UK.

   Tirthankar Guha Thakurta is among a crop of young Indian filmmakers determined
   to bring diverse hues of gender and sexuality out from our communal closet.

3. “Isolation”: For details, see Day 3 schedule.
4. “Antaheen”: For details, see Day 3 schedule.

5. “Crimson”: Director and Producer: Rohit Kumar Dasgupta, Kolkata, India, 2008, 8
   min, English, Docu-feature

   This is the story of a girl with conflicted emotions arising out of love that transcends
   societal norms of gender. The film mixes poetry with jarring visions of the
   protagonist’s way of looking at her life.

   Rohit Kumar Dasgupta is a student of Comparative Literature at Jadavpur
   University, Kolkata, and a budding filmmaker. He is also involved in translating
   poems written by trafficked women of Delhi and Kolkata as part of a project of the
   Arizona State University in USA. Contact:

6. Panel Discussion on Exploring Formation of a Queer and HIV Campus Activism
   Forum: Panellists: Avijit Kundu, Rohit Kumar Dasgupta, Sangbit Samaddar,
   Tirthankar Guha Thakurta. Chair: Saptarshi Mandal.

7. “Shuru”: Creative Team: Thoughtshop Foundation, Research Inputs: SPARSHA,
   Producer: Elton John AIDS Foundation, SAATHII, Kolkata, India, 2008, 38 min,
   Bengali (sub-titles in English), Feature Film

   Krishna is a community counsellor who works with people living with HIV. In
   course of her work, she gets involved with the lives of people in difficult
   circumstances, encounters adversity as well as support from different members of
   her community. Krishna's own story of losing her husband to HIV and living with
   the virus is interwoven with those of the other characters. The film ends on a
   positive note with promise of new beginnings for all those who thought HIV and
   AIDS meant the end of the road.

   Based on real life situations from West Bengal and other places, the film is part of an
   HIV/AIDS training tool for NGOs beginning work on HIV/AIDS. It is a
   collaborative initiative of SAATHII, Thoughtshop Foundation, a Kolkata-based
   social communication organization, and SPARSHA, one of the earliest support
   forums for people living with HIV in West Bengal. The film has been directed by
   well known filmmaker Debasish Ghosh Ray, who is part of Thoughtshop
   Foundation’s creative team. Contact:

Day 5: January 28, 2009: Gyan Manch, Kolkata

1. Inauguration: Welcome address and presentation on the film festival: Lily
   Walkover, SAATHII. Presentation on the journey of Siddhartha Gautam Film
   Festival 2009 from Bhubaneswar to Kolkata, via Siliguri : Anupam Hazra, Kolkata

2. “Rupantar”: Director: Amitava Sarkar, Saikat Das, Producer: Elton John AIDS
   Foundation, SAATHII, Kolkata, India, 2008, 26 min, Bengali (sub-titles in English),

   The film talks about hurdles that most male-to-female transgender people face in
   their daily lives. The film argues that even a minimum level of support can help lead
   dignified and healthier lives. The best source of such support can come from other
   transgender persons who have overcome all odds and are working for the cause of
   transgender individuals and communities.

   Amitava Sarkar is a Kolkata-based transgender activist, who has taken up film as a
   medium for advocacy, and motivating and mobilizing transgender people for self-
   help action. “Rupantar” is her debut film, and stars Tista Das, well known film and
   television actor and a role model for many transgender people in India. Contact:

3. “Where is There Room?”: Director: Sonali Gulati, Richmond, USA, 2008, 8 min,
   English, Docu-feature

   “Where is There Room?” is a film about loss and longing, grief and relief, a mother
   and daughter. As a film it blurs boundaries between documentary and fiction. It
   won the Best Student Film at the Fargo Film Festival in 2004.

   Sonali Gulati teaches film production and experimental filmmaking at Virginia
   Commonwealth University's School of the Arts in USA. Her films have screened at
   nearly a 100 film festivals worldwide, including the San Francisco International
   Asian American Film Festival and Women in the Director's Chair Film Festival,
   Chicago. Her filmography also includes “Barefeet”, “Sum Total” and “Name I Call
   Myself”, of which the first was screened at the Siddhartha Gautam Film Festival
   2007 in Kolkata. Sonali Gulati has won awards and grants from the Third Wave
   Foundation, New York and World Studio Foundation, New York. Contact:

4. “Ebong Amra”: Director: Saikat Das, Producer: Saikat Das, Gargo Bhattacharya,
   Rudrendra Prasad Pakrashi, Kolkata, India, 2007, 54 min, Bengali, Feature Film

   A doctor in a village takes along a few NGO workers and a filmmaker from Kolkata
   to visit a Hijra community he works with in his village. His purpose is to attract
   attention to the plight of the community. The warmth and friendliness of the Hijras
   wins over the visitors from the city. Their original purpose quite forgotten, the
   visitors get to see how the Hijra community lives, the hardships it faces and amid
   that, the existence of love and hope. They reciprocate the affection they received by
   helping a member of the Hijra community who falls ill and needs to be brought over
   to Kolkata for treatment.

   Saikat Das is a television anchor and acts in serials on Doordarshan. “Ebong Amra”
   is his debut film, which was premiered at the Siddhartha Gautam Film Festival 2007
   in Howrah. Contact:

5. “Bewaqt Barish”: Directors: Sumitra Bhave, Sunil Sukthankar, Producer: Oxfam
   (India) Trust, European Union, Pune, India, 2007, 62 min, Hindi (sub-titles in
   English), Feature Film

   This is the story of three families in a village in Rajasthan whose lives are
   interwoven. In a fluid tale of romance and love, the film explores issues of sexuality

    and sexual identity, migration, exploitation and gender based violence, education of
    girls and dignity of people living with HIV. The film title means “untimely rain”, a
    metaphor for young people’s exploration of sexuality and love.
    Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukthankar have seven feature films, 40 short films, a TV
    serial and several national and international awards to their credit. Their
    filmography includes “Bai”, “Devrai” and “Zindagi Zindabad”. Sumitra Bhave, a
    social researcher trained at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, taught and
    worked in the development sector for many years before turning to filmmaking with
    Sunil Sukthankar, a trained filmmaker from the Film & Television Institute of India,
    Pune in 1985.
1. Everyone in the audience for coming to see the films and participating in the discussions,
   and all the esteemed filmmakers for participating in the film festival!
2. Resource persons and special invitees – for kindly agreeing to attend the film festival and
   participate in panel discussions.
3. IDCOL House, Bhubaneswar, Mitra Sammilani, Siliguri and Gyan Manch, Kolkata for
   providing the venues for the film festival; Krishna Tours and Travels, Bhubaneswar for
   providing vehicles for the mobile film shows and other transport arrangements; Ad Print,
   Bhubaneswar for printing works.
4. Department for International Development – Civil Society Challenge Fund, Glasgow; and
   Interact Worldwide, London / Bhubaneswar, for funding and technical support.
5. Special thanks to volunteers Satya Sundar Mishra of Sakha and Kalinga Network for People
   Living with HIV/AIDS, Bhubaneswar; Samir Mohanty, Shyam Sunder Biswal and Sona Das
   from Institute of Management Studies, Bhubaneswar; and the Elaan, Kolkata team – as
   always there to help, empathize and understand.
6. All staff, consultants and members of the organizing agencies for their selfless commitment
    and hard work to make the film festival a success!

 Thank you Kusum Gupta and Suresh Gupta, Siddhartha Gautam’s parents – for giving us a
 wonderful human being that Siddhartha was, and for your kindness, love and inner strength.
   Thank you Anuja Gupta and Sujata Winfield, Siddhartha’s sisters – for all your support!
 Fellowship works with women, sexual minorities and other vulnerable groups in Bhadrak district of
  Orissa;; Santi Seva and Saraswati (C/o Fellowship) are support
groups for males who have sex with males (MSM) and male-to-female transgender (TG) communities in
Bhadrak district;; Rajendra Yuvak Sangh works on HIV/AIDS in Balangir district
  of Orissa and supports Laxminarayan Group, Balangir and Maa Manikeswari Group, Titlagarh for
MSM and TG communities;; Northern Black Rose is a support group for MSM /
    TG communities in Siliguri, West Bengal;; SAATHII strengthens
  HIV/AIDS prevention, care, support, treatment and associated gender, sexuality, human rights, and
                  sexual and reproductive health initiatives in India;

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