Kalki Subramanian and Parmesh Shahani

Art & Queer Identities

6 pm

24 October, 2020 - 24 October, 2020

In continuation of its Inclusion & Diversity theme, MAP is delighted to present a conversation between transgender rights activist, artist and entrepreneur, Kalki Subramaniam and Parmesh Shahani, author of Queeristan: LGBTQ Inclusion in the Indian Workplace. The duo will examine the ways in which corporate and cultural India can engage with queer communities, to build awareness and representation, as well as drive conversations on LGBTQ+ rights. The session will also examine how art can be used as a vehicle to help communities connect, heal and express themselves. 

Indian Sign Language interpretation will be provided.

24 October | 6 pm

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Kalki Subramaniam is a celebrated transgender rights activist, artist, actor and writer from Pollachi, Tamil Nadu, India. She uses art, poetry, films and performances to tell the untold stories of transgender people who are victims of gender-based violence and abuse. She found the Sahodari Foundation through which she has done innovative projects using technology and art as pioneering efforts to revive the dignity of the transgender community this India.

The Red Wall project, a community art project visioned by Kalki Subramaniam documents hundreds of transgender persons stories using art, voice and writing. Her fine art exhibitions have been organised in several countries across Europe and North America. She has received numerous awards for her relentless activism and has spoken at several prestigious universities. She was also nominated for Loreal Paris Woman of Worth Award in 2017 and was also chosen by Facebook as one of 12 inspiring women who use the web effectively for community development.




Parmesh Shahani is Vice President at Godrej Industries Ltd. and the founder of the Godrej India Culture Lab. He is a passionate advocate for LGBTQ inclusion in corporate India and has guided many of the country’s leading companies on their inclusion journeys. His first book Gay Bombay: Globalization, Love and (Be)Longing in Contemporary India (Sage Publications) was released in 2008 and re-released in June 2020 as an updated edition. His second book Queeristan: LGBTQ Inclusion in the Indian Workplace (Westland Business) was released in August 2020. Parmesh holds an MS in Comparative Media Studies from MIT. He has been a TED Senior Fellow, a Yale World Fellow, and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. He is a member of the FICCI task force on diversity and inclusion and a board member of KHOJ International Artists’ Association.