Singer Sajjan Raj Vaidya is set to perform in the 19th edition of the Gai Jatra Pride Parade.
Vaidya is going to perform in the pride concert to be held at Tundikhel ground on 27 Shrawan on the occasion of the Nepal Pride Parade and Gai Jatra 2079. The concert starts at 3:30 PM after the completion of the pride parade, according to the organizers. The entry charges for the Pride concert is free.
Along with Vaidya, Trishala Gurung, Subani Moktan, Ekdev Limbu and Kamal Khatri will also perform in the pride concert. Sanjay Gupta will be the master of ceremony for the program.
Blue Diamond Society is organizing the event with the assistance of the US Embassy Nepal, Yuwa Nepal, and Beyond Beijing Committee Nepal.
Gai Jatra Pride Parade
The Gai Jatra Pride Parade held on the day of Gai Jatra, has been held since 2002 and is organized by Blue Diamond Society, Nepal’s first LGBTIQ advocacy group.
“This is our festival, our pride. The parade has contributed to raising public awareness of our existence and empowering the LGBTIQ community’s rights. Many people from outside the LGBTIQ community attended the parade to show their support. It says a lot about how our society has changed in terms of how it views members of the LGBTIQ community,” said Pinky Gurung, chairperson of Blue Diamond Society.
For the whole year, they are compelled to live in suffocation and isolation so this is a freedom day for the community. They also remember deceased members of their community as the society does not remember them in Gai Jatra.
The parade brings together hundreds of people from the community and those who support the community. The attendees first gather near Thamel’s Sanchaya Kosh building before marching toward Tudikhel, the parade’s endpoint. During the parade, attendees wave rainbow flags and carry rainbow flag-colored balloons.
Sajjan’s song for the LGBTQ+ community
Similarly, Hataridai batasidai, which is one of the most popular songs of Sajjan Raj Vaidya depicts the love story of a homosexual couple and a heterosexual couple. The artist claims the song to have been inspired by the perspective of a close friend. The “twist” of the story in the song is presented as the homosexual couple kissing and the video, later on, sees the couple cross paths. The song aimed to address LGBTQ rights as it establishes both the homosexual couple and the heterosexual couple as normal.
The artist has targeted the Nepali community as the main audience for the video. “We wanted the video to address the inherent problem of the Nepali community – people avoiding confrontation and their reluctance to communicate. We decided that the underrepresentation of the LGBTQ community in Nepal was an important issue that needed to be addressed and that is how the video came about,” he said.