My First Wall Art Project – Government school
23rd November, 2018
In early 2017, I befriended Poornima via Facebook and got to know about the Aravani Art Project. Soon after, she asked me to accompany her for a small painting activity in a government school in Bangalore.
I was very skeptical but also curious to know more about the opportunity and to work for Aravani Art Project.
Apart from the painting, I was going to enter a school after over two decades and that made me nervous!
Prior to the painting day, Poornima called me to confirm whether I would join her or not.
Anxious, I agreed and met at her residence in Indiranagar, Bangalore.
It was my first, entering the space where she lived which resonated with her personality and where the Aravani Art Project discussions happened! I was excited.
We had a brief meeting discussing logistics and process of the project after which we took some paints, few brushes and left on Poornima’s bike to the school.
While riding, Poornima asked me what was going on in my head and if I was nervous! I said "Yes. I am nervous and happy but more worried because I am scared to face the school children"
Why?" she asked surprised.
"Aren’t they the most honest transparent critics we come across? If one kid finds out that I am a Transgender woman then the whole school will come to know about it in seconds and I will be the joke of the day."
"I will stand there humiliated and unanswerable to the school children… Stop the bike!" I demanded. "Stop, so I can go back and not face any humiliation by children and not let my worst nightmare come to life! Stop!" I demanded again.