Chhandak Pradhan


Contemporary Photographers


“In patriarchal Indian society, being a kothi (an Indian term for effeminate and transsexual man) is still a matter of shame. The social stigma is a serious barrier to joining mainstream occupations. To earn a living, some kothis become launda (drag) dancers. For poor families from the interiors of UP and Bihar looking for a grand wedding, boys in drag become a cheap substitute for dancing girls.” - Chhandak Pradhan about Lipstick Men