The society we live in is brutally divided in not only religions, regions and cast but in genders where men are always seen at the top while women still struggle to be a successful part of society. In such a binary society, can you imagine the life of a Khawajasara? People usually don’t even like to discuss their lives, struggles and success stories. Though government has passed the rule for registration of Khawaja Saras and special quota is fixed for their jobs but practice of these rules is still nowhere to be seen. Watching this situation, Dr. Shahnaz Khan and Dr. Claire Pamment decided to present the lives of transgender community in the form of a play. This play was produced by Kanwal Khoosat. In case you missed this play which held in Alhamra Arts Council Lahore on 16th and 17th of December ’16 here are the highlights.
Teesri Dhun revolves around different stages of lives of Khawajasaras. This 90 minute documentary depicts various emotions lived by this community; unforgettable pain of abandonment and separation, beautiful season of love, proud narratives of history, happiness of celebrations, struggle to find their existence and place in polarized society and story of hard way to success.
The cast had Nagma Gogi, Neeli Rana, Jannat Ali, Saad, Lucky and Sunny from transgender community who used their words, emotions and motion of feet to stand out and share experiences of every transgender living on our land. The music was soul stirring and dance moves were power-packed that gave audience goosebumps.
In these 90 minutes the cast made audience look deep in their souls and ask themselves questions that why a transgender kid is treated hell different from a straight kid, why they are kept at a distance and their games are perceived as stigma of youth and why they are labeled as a sign of shame, disrespect and as a toy to fulfill sexual desires? Where the cast was living each and every moment of the script they invited audience to feel their every emotion with them. It is quiet shameful that in a country where 2% of population is transgender, there is no acceptability for them and society’s hearts are turned stone-cold for them.
Transgender community used to be a very strong part of our society but from the downfall of Mughal era this community was marginalized and it’s heartbreaking to see that they are still fighting to get their rights of being a human. Even when our world has been changed a lot education is still an unreachable dream for transgender due to discrimination which closes doors of a good job and chances to prosper. Hence, they are still poverty stricken and underprivileged in many phases of life. As the transgender have been getting very ill treatment recently, we believe that this play went successful to convey their message to the society that they too are human beings and can do all the tasks of life a straight person can and their talents are limited just to dancing and singing. They deserve to live the way they are, to be loved and respected and above all they matter too.