Miss Koovagam

by Sharique on May 2, 2007


Eunuchs pose for photographs before participating in Miss Koovagam, a beauty contest among eunuchs, at Vilupuram, south of Chennai.[TOI]

I support their right to be a part of the society, which means having such events so as to categorize people based on their beauty even though no one has control over it.  Everyone is not as rich as Michael Jackson!

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2jay 05.06.07 at 12:10 am

Sharique, Why are these eunuchs dress up like women. Is this the type of clothing they usually put on? I am not trying to offend anyone but I am simply curious. :???: I never encountered with one before. There isn’t any in my country, I think.


Sharique 05.06.07 at 11:33 am

The usually dress up like that here in India. There must be in your country also but I don’t think they would dress up like that to reveal their identity.


firoze shakir 05.07.07 at 6:12 pm

Hi Sharique , I am a photoblogger who shoots and writes about hijdas as i consider them a vital part of our socity with their talents untapped by the mainstreanm folks, I am using your link as I did not go to this festival, though my BelgianPhographer friend Marc de Clerq had his entire Hassleblad 6/6 equipment stolen.
So I haope you dont mind me attaching your link to my latest post at Word Press.
Take Care
Firoze Shakir
I type with one hand due to a serious injury to my hand .


Sharique 05.07.07 at 6:50 pm


I certainly won’t mind. You have an interesting blog. I am sorry to hear about your hand..how did that happen?


Firoze Shakir 05.08.07 at 8:55 am

Thank you Sharique for your kindness and concern,this part of interconnecting via blogs , intersharing topics of mutual content makes an added impact on those who read us.
Hijdas even today are considered freaks,hence an unending curiosity of their life styles.But Hijdas are more human due to the tavesty of their dichotamous gender,,they are bottled pickled pain of being born human in an inhuman society,I am very close to the Hijdas I am a heteroseual disciple of my Transgender Guru Laxmi Narayan Tripathi.
I like you hope one day they attain a new dawn , given the repect they deserve..gender chice is a fundamental right , to be what one wants be without social pretensions or fear of a social backlash..or bycott.
The Healing is the Cure…
Take Care.
As Ever
Firoze Shakir


Sharique 05.08.07 at 2:22 pm

I wish you luck with your efforts for the hijdas :smile:


2jay 05.09.07 at 12:50 am

So these eunuchs are born this way. I always thought they are like those eunuchs who lives during the era of the historic empire long ago who were born as males and made to be one by the rulers to be the servants of their households taking care of the ladies.

They are indeed a unique group of people then! And I admired their courage and they should be treated with respect like any other human beings.


C P Anand 05.14.07 at 8:48 pm

I am C.P.Anand from Mumbai.

I have observed hijras/aravanis for quite some time and gathered information about them in bits and pieces .

I saw your blog and photo.

The photograph beautifully highlights the poise, self confidence and silent but firm ambition of the participants photographed.

I have a few queries regarding your blog and photo :

1) You have chosen a younger age group rather than a possible cross section of the participants . Any intent on the selection of age criterion or just a coincidence?

2) You have chosen your subjects before the contest rather than post contest ie winner/runner up etc . Any criterion for selection of the time before the contest ?

3) Could you throw some light as to the how this beauty contest for hjras is conducted ?Does it throw some light on their way of living in General?

Awaiting an early reply from your side.

With Warm Regards


Sharique 05.16.07 at 9:29 am

I am not the photographer of the image above. I took it from Time of India. You can contact Firoze for details about hijrahs


Firoze Shakir 09.28.07 at 5:20 am

Hi Sharique Wish you a very Happy Ramzan coming here after a very long time and reading all this fills my parched soul with nostalgia..the photo blog is a science of holistic healing.. it touches you and you are reborn..
Wish you well.
I am now firmly at Flickr and cross blog from there to my site at Word Press and Bloggerspot.



sree 03.01.08 at 10:45 am

can u send me more pics of eunuchs , those pics on photographerno1.com r execellent


firoze shakir 06.11.08 at 8:52 am

Hi Sharique
Just dropped by to inform you that I have started a comprehensive Hijda blogs at Words Press.
Showing the magical world of the Indian Eunuch.


If you ever come to Mumbai , dont hesitate drop me a line, woud be nice meeting you in person.
Firoze Shakir


Sharique 06.12.08 at 7:14 pm

Sure Firoze.. I will definitely call you before coming


youbetterwork 09.30.09 at 6:22 am

do you know the dates for this festival in 2010?


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