Transgender people perform Kolattam dance to raise COVID awareness in Chennai

South India

Members of the transgender community in Tamil Nadu's Chennai performed Kolattam folk dance on Thursday to raise awareness about COVID-19.


According to the news agency ANI report, the performance was organised by Sahodaran, a community-based transgender organisation, in collaboration with the Greater Chennai Corporation.

"We are an organisation that focuses on lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) rights and sexual health. During this lockdown, we have decided to also spread awareness about COVID-19. During the last two months, we have organised awareness and prevention programmes across Chennai city”, Jaya, General Manager of Sahodaran, quoted by News agency ANI as saying.

“Kolattam is one of the most historical dances of our state and people warmly welcomed us and many have enjoyed our performances," she added.

She said they have so far performed in zones 9 and 11 of the city.

Tamil Nadu on Thursday witnessed its highest single-day spike in new Covid-19 cases, pushing tally beyond 1.9 lakh. 

With record 6,472 more people confirming positive for coronavirus in the last 24 hours,Tamil Nadu now has a total of 1,92,964 COVID-19 cases, which includs 52,939 active cases, 1,36,793 recoveries/discharges and 3,232 fatalities, the state's health department said.

Meanwhile, India's second national-level plasma bank was opened in Tamil Nadu at a cost of ₹2.34 crore, C Vijaybhaskar, Health Minister, Tamil Nadu said on Thursday.

With inputs from Agency

Image credit: ANI

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