TRANS woman Renjumol Mohan, a second-year undergraduate student of Kathakali at Kerala’s RLV College of Music and Fine Arts, Tripunithura, performed her arangettam on November 10. (Arangettam is the first performance of a student of Indian classical dance).
According to Kathakali exponents, this is the first performance of the art form by an ‘out’ trans person.
"I performed Lord Krishna. I have been waiting for this moment for a while and my heart is filled with gratitude," says Renjumol, who joined RLV College with the support of the Kerala Transgender Students Scholarship Scheme.
According to the scheme, the government will pay Rs 20,000 towards course fee and Rs 40,000 per year for accommodation. While sharing the joy of her dream come true, Renjumol revealed that she is yet to receive the course fee promised by the state government.
“The Rs 40,000 in rent will be transferred to the house owner every year. However, I have not received the course fee from the government yet," Renjumol says.