owais calls himself the ‘sucker for love’ – for knowingly, he not only trusts, but lives on that rainbow which does not actually exist.

  • This graphic has three components to it. On the top left is a long shot photograph of participants gathered at the starting point of ‘Friendship Walk ‘99’ at Park Circus Maidan on the morning of July 2, 1999 – this walk is considered the very first edition of ‘Kolkata Rainbow Pride Walk’. Around a dozen participants are standing under a gazebo wearing bright yellow t-shirts emblazoned with the walk logo (not decipherable from a distance). All around the gazebo is lush green grass, with the park largely empty and some buildings in the background. A child is leaning on one of the pillars of the gazebo, staring at the participants, while a few people sleep on the floor of the gazebo behind the participants. Below this photograph is a much larger one that makes up the lower half of the graphic. This is a close sideways shot of six of the first time walkers and one other individual at the starting point of the 20th anniversary events for ‘Friendship Walk ‘99’ on June 29, 2019. The venue is again Park Circus Maidan but at a different spot. The participants are all smiles looking at the cameras (not visible in the photograph), standing behind a long banner that says “Friendship Walk 20th Anniversary – Celebrating 20 years of ‘Kolkata Rainbow Pride Walk’”. In the background is a crowd of people gathered for the event and a bright green canopy of trees, fresh from a sharp shower of rain. It rained similarly on July 2, 1999 as well. Part of a small truck decorated for the event is also visible. On the top right of the graphic is the logo created for the anniversary events – a rainbow-coloured graphic showing outlines of human faces and footprints combined in an artistic manner. The logo has text that says “Kolkata Friendship Walk ’99 – 20th Anniversary”. Photo credits: LGBT-India and Prosenjit Pal. Anniversary events logo credit: Rafiquel Haque Dowjah
    Jul '19

    Kolkata pride: Then and now

    By owais

    owais on the 20th anniversary of ‘Friendship Walk ‘99’, which grew into the ‘Kolkata Rainbow Pride Walk’ Then: Change is the only constant. Now: Change is the only constant. Then:...

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