/Everything you need to know about Hyderabad Drag Con 2019

Everything you need to know about Hyderabad Drag Con 2019

Hyderabad is celebrating its first-ever DragCon 2019 on October 26 at Hylife brewing club…

What is Drag?

Drag is a performance art where any person puts up a performance transforming his/her outer appearance body into opposite gender. Drag queens /Kings and Faux are performance artists, almost always male, who dress in women’s clothing and often act with exaggerated femininity and in feminine gender roles with a primarily entertaining purpose. They often exaggerate make-up such as eyelashes for dramatic, comedic or satirical effect. Drag queens are closely associated with gay men and gay culture, but can be of any sexual orientation or gender identity. They vary widely by class, culture, and dedication, from professionals who star in films to people who try drag very occasionally.

The activity, which is called doing drag, has many motivations, from individual self-expression to mainstream performance. Drag queen activities among stage and street performers may include lip-syncing, live singing, dancing, participating in events such as gay pride parades, drag pageants, or at venues such as cabarets and nightclubs.

What is DragCon?

DragCon is an event like “Comic Con” is an annual exhibition of drag cultures where drag performers, presenters come together to celebrate drag as an art form. Drag Con Hyderabad is an inspiration from the RuPaul’s DragCon NYC an annual expo of drag culture held in New York City, which debuted in September 2017. It is based on the successful RuPaul’s DragCon LA which was launched in Los Angeles in 2015, and considered the “world’s largest celebration of drag culture” with 50,000 attendees. To break the ice about drag culture and bring it into mainstream club culture and encourage youngsters to pursue opportunities in drag we bring Drag Con to Hyderabad. It’s as Indian way of celebrating the diversity of DRAG

What’s New?

For the first time, more than 6 Drag Performers will be a part of this solo extravaganza. The drag performers coming from different walks of lives such as fashion, art, beauty industry, corporates, journalism and education bringing their unique flavor to this art. We have a diverse line up of artist performing Camp Drag, Tranimal, Androgynous, Clown, Goth, Faux and Anonymous drag styles. Performers include Arjun Reddy fame Aditi Mykala, fashion icon Taposh Haldar, beauty stylist Javed (JaVO), performance artist Patruni Chidananda Sastry, activist, writer and artist Ashely Tellis, Alex Parish and a surprising anonymous drag performer.

What’s for?

As Drag been celebrated all around the world and finding its roots in India. Hyderabad being one of the city taking baby steps for drag, we want to take a big leap. We want to spread a message that “Humans are Humans” and present drag as a form of art to the mainstream audience and make is as usual as live music. Hence post multiple approached to get started and a ton of rejection from different venues with slurs of Drago phobia. Humans of Nirvana, a community of like-minded friends and Hyderabad drag club could finally crack the code with Hylife and bring the extravaganza into the pearl city of Hyderabad.

What’s the time, venue date?

Happening on 26th October 2019 at Hylife brewing company, Jubliee Hills powered by Humans of Nirvana and Hyderabad drag club.

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Srivathsan Nadadhur is an engineer-turned-journalist who has contributed reports for leading media publications like The Hindu, Times of India, Deccan Chronicle, The News Minute and Deccan Herald. He primarily writes on entertainment, art, culture and technology. When he's not working, he can be spotted at a movie premiere, reading a novel or writing poems.