BJP MLA from North Nagpur, Dr Milind Mane, who was the chief guest at the play Ek Madhav Baug, in his speech said that one needs to eliminate prejudices against the LGBT community.
Nagpurians came together to watch – Ek Madhav Baug – a play written on homosexuality, at Vidarbha Hindi Sahitya Sammelan, which was jointly organised by Hamsafar Trust and Sarathi Trust. The play focused on the need of accepting LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) rights and mainstreaming gay issues. The play, which is written by late Chetan Datar, was directed by Vijay Kenkre and was performed by popular actor Mona Ambegaonkar. The play revolves around a mother (Mona Ambegaonkar), who shares the journey of her son as she reads his personal diary and discovers his homosexuality. The focal point of the play is when the son, through his diary, speaks to his mother about growing up gay, the conflicts he faces and the acceptance of the same.
Actress Mona Ambegaonkar shared her views with Nation Next by saying, “It’s an individual’s choice to decide his/her sexual preferences. We all are free to exercise our rights.”
Tinesh Chopde from Hamsafar Trust said, “Through this play, we aim at spreading awareness and invoking a sense of acceptance. From seven years, we’ve been performing such plays in India including rural areas too.”
The CEO of Sarathi Trust, Nikunj Joshi said, “We have an upcoming LGBT Pride March in Nagpur, which aims at supporting equality and promoting unity in diversity.”