Anupam Hazra

Anupam Hazra

Anupam Hazra has a performative gender identity and a multiple wish list – social work, project management, sex work, dancing, painting, making costume jewellery, acting, chewing paan, being drunk . . . unfortunately or thankfully most of the time ze is unable to be and do all of it simultaneously.

  • This main illustration is a combination of two graphics created with pen ink on art paper, combined and modified with Windows Microsoft Paint software. The combined graphic is rectangular in shape and vertical in orientation. The main part of the combined graphic consists of colourful abstract patterns, somewhat floral in nature, making up about two-thirds of the graphic. To the top left corner of the graphic are simple line drawings of two human faces, next to each other, and partially visible such that the left eye of one is next to the right eye of the other person. The eyes and lips seem to have generous proportions. The eyes have a vacant look as they are drawn without pupils. Most crucially, the faces seem to be gender neutral. To the bottom right corner is a small, square-shaped graphic superimposed on the larger rectangular one. It shows a milestone with “6 years” written on it, symbolizing the sixth foundation day of “Varta” webzine (August 1, 2019). The milestone has flowers and foliage growing around it on a grassy patch. The background to the patch also has abstract patterns in different colours. Artworks credit: Anupam Hazra
    Jul '19

    Queer as six

    By Pawan Dhall, Anupam Hazra

    Here’s some unsolicited advice on queering it up as Varta webzine turns six!

  • This graphic is a sketch made with a variety of coloured pens on off-white paper. Within a frame made of curvaceous lines, a genderqueer person with long crinkly hair seems to peep out from the left hand side of the frame. They have big eyes wide open, a large diamond shaped ‘bindi’ on the forehead, and a necklace on a bare chest. The figure has been drawn in blue and red coloured pens. To the right of the frame is a mish-mash of outlined patterns like flowers, leaves and other geometric figures. These are done mostly in red and pink, with snatches of green, violet and other colours. The genderqueer person’s face with its sense of magnetism dominates the sketch. The graphic has been placed on a black background to enhance its intricate details. The graphic is dated November 3, 2016. Graphic credit: Anupam Hazra
    May '17

    State stupor in trans inclusion

    By Pawan Dhall, Anupam Hazra

    Sumana Pramanik is a young trans woman who lives in the Nadia district of West Bengal. Keen on a legal gender identity change, she approached a First Class Magistrate for...

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