‘Me Hijra, Me Laxmi’: Arts as effective means for Survival in the Life of a Transgender
Keywords:Hijra, Dance, Courage, Identity
‘Me Hijra, Me Laxmi’ by Laxmi Narayan Tripathi is an exceptional account of a son of an orthodox Brahmin family who became Laxmi, a hijra and made history. From childhood onwards he had to face many abuses for having effeminate mannerisms and love for dance. He overcame all those situations and stood not only for his feminine identity but also for a community disgusted by all. The autobiography vivifies her becoming a hijra by a choice of her own and her continuous fight against superstitious attitudes against the hijras and even the self-disrespect of the hijras themselves. She holds a postgraduate degree in Bharathantyam and starred in many TV shows like ‘Big Boss’, ‘Such Ka Saamna’ etc. Dance was her passion and it is dance that made her famous and helped her to attain self-respect from the beginning. Dance and activism are the two sides of the same coin for her. She used her ability to dance as a means to get courage, power and superiority. The work is about her life from the beginning. She opens her heart and even narrates the sexual exploitations as well as desires that led her whole life, in a confessive mood. Though she had numerous occasions of having sex, she admits that she always loved herself than others. The reader is also introduced to the boy, the girl, the dancer, the lover, the woman, the transgender and the dutiful son.