Bangalore Pride March 2011

Bangalore Pride March 2011
A participant during the Bangalore Pride March. Sunday, 27th November 2011. © Nishant Ratnakar

The 4th annual Bangalore Pride March was held in Bangalore city on Sunday, 27th November 2011. The march was held from Thulasi park to City Town hall and saw huge participation from members of various sexual orientations. This year the march was held as part of Bangalore Pride and Karnataka Sexual Minorities Rights festival, which was held from November 19th to 27th. Pride march is held across cities of the world as a symbol of resistance against oppression faced by Queer movement.

Last year, the queer festival had held a group exhibition titled as, ‘Body Politics.’ As part of this exhibition I had showcased images from my project In the life of Romal. This year there was no such group photography exhibition, but there were a series of events held as part of the festival, and all of them culminated in the pride march.

Visually, pride marches are always a colourful event. The attire, the flags, the banners – everything about the pride march is bright and loud. And with the march taking place in Indian streets, I believe it makes it even more colourful. Pride marches, also knows as gay parades, are definitely a feast for a street photographer.

Below, I share a portfolio of images from this year’s pride march. A selection of these photographs are available for licensing worldwide via Demotix news agency. Media Organizations can buy it via Demotix for editorial purposes or write to me to use these images.  Also, a set of photographs from this series are available as Open-edition fine-art prints. Visit my personal gallery online at sen6  (Update: I am currently working on my own online store. The store is at the moment on a testing phase. Stay Tuned for updates) to buy them. All photographs are printed on archival-quality matte paper (Update: Added option of printing images on Canvas too) . The framed prints are shipped to any location across India.

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Nishant is a Bangalore, India based Wedding, Portrait & Editorial Photographer. He is available for assignments across India. He also conducts photography workshops and offers personal photography mentorship.

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