Patruni Chidananda Sastry

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Patruni Chidananda Sastry aka Suffocated Art Specimen (SAS)
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Patruni Sastry captured by Manab Das
Date of birth 25th December 1992
Place of birth Kharagpur, West Bengal, India
Nationality Indian
Pronouns they/them
Gender identity genderfluid & nonbinary
Occupation Expressionist dancer, drag artist, activist
Known for being India's first Tranimal drag queen


Patruni Chidananda Sastry is a genderfluid Indian expressionist[1] dancer, India's First Tranimal Drag performer [2] and Orator, born on 25th December from Kharagpur of West Bengal and presently lives in Hyderabad[3].[4] Patruni Sastry has performed more than 200 dance and drag shows across the India, as well conducted Workshops.[5]Patruni is known for their dance style “Indian expressionism” and performs drag with the name Suffocated Art Specimen.[6][7][8]

Early Life[edit | edit source]

Patruni had created their own styles like Sufiyattam[9] and Pseudo Natyam. They use dance to talk about tabooed subject such as LGBTQIA issues[10], sexual education[11] and gender equality.[12]They identify themself as genderfluid.[13]Patruni learnt Classical dance forms Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, and Odissi. Initially started performing as a traditional artist and slowly moved to contemporary art.

Patruni also went through training of Butoh under Adam Koan.[14] They created their unique renditions of Butoh called as Butohnatyam.[15]Patruni has given TEDx Talks and actively voiced out their activism for LGBTQIA and transgender rights.[16].Patruni carries a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Bankura Unnayani institute of technology and an MBA from Jaipur National University. they also holds a Diploma in Bharatanatyam.

Patruni started doing drag in June 2019 in order to kickstart drag in Hyderabad[17] and later started performing Tranimal drag which is influenced by the postmodern drag movement in Los Angeles[18]. Patruni is inspired by Daniel Lismore, Austin Young and Freda Prey[19]. Patruni started Dragvanti, a platform for Indian drag artists, to promote and support the Indian drag community[20]. Patruni also organized India's first Drag Con in Hyderabad.[21]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Who Am I: 25-YO Hyderabad Dancer Will Make You Question Gender Norms". The Better India. 2018-08-01. Retrieved 2021-04-27.
  2. Aug 1, Shajini S. R. /; 2017; Ist, 06:00. "LGBT artists: LGBTQ art fest blurs boundaries, garners ovation | Hyderabad News - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2021-04-27.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  3. "Shilparamam opens with a play on Coronasura". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2021-04-27.
  4. "Meet the Hyderabad dancer who is unboxing gender, one step at a time". Hindustan Times. 2018-08-04. Retrieved 2021-04-27.
  5. https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-weekend/dance-in-boardrooms-hyderabad/article25523464.ece
  6. "Patruni Chidananda Sastry on expressionist form of dance, and how it can give a voice to communities-Living News , Firstpost". Firstpost. 2018-08-27. Retrieved 2021-04-27.
  7. The Citizen https://www.thecitizen.in/index.php/en/NewsDetail/index/7/19955/Reimagining-Heroines-of-Rabindranath-Tagore-with-Drag
  8. Reid-Smith, Tris (2020-05-05). "South Asian drag stars demand visibility with Brown Drag Exists campaign". Gay Star News. Retrieved 2021-04-27.
  9. https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-metroplus/savour-hindi-flavours/article24825754.ece
  10. Verma, Vandana (2018-08-08). "A rhythmic battle for equal rights". www.democracynewslive.com. Retrieved 2021-04-27.
  11. "How to Learn About Sex Through Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi and Odissi". www.vice.com. Retrieved 2021-04-27.
  12. Nov 5, Srivathsan Nadadhur / TNN /; 2018; Ist, 08:00. "The trials and tribulations of men who dance | Hyderabad News - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2021-04-27.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  13. "It took me 23 years to finally realise that I am gender fluid - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2021-04-27.
  14. "Integrating Bharatanatyam and Japan's Butoh with grace". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2021-04-27.
  15. "This 25-year-old classical dancer is integrating the distressing Japanese art form, Butoh with Bharatanatyam". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2021-04-27.
  16. "What happened to Pranay can happen to any one of us: LGBTQ activists - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2021-04-27.
  17. "Celebrating the diversity of drag". Telangana Today. Retrieved 2021-04-27.
  18. Pant, Manasi (2019-09-26). "In Conversation With Patruni Chidananda Sastry: Exploring Dance And Sexuality". Feminism In India. Retrieved 2021-04-27.
  19. "India's drag queens put politics front and center". Nikkei Asia. Retrieved 2021-04-27.
  20. "For all things drag". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2021-04-27.
  21. Bhavani, Divya Kala (25 October 2019). "Hyderabad to have its first-ever Drag Con". The Hindu. Retrieved 27 April 2021.