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Sheetal Shyam

LGBTQ Activist
Sheetal shyam is an LGBTQ ativist and transgender from Kerala. She is also an actress who was seen in the film Aabhasam (2017) alongside Rima Kallingal and Suraj Venjaranmoodu. Sheetal has been at the forefront when it comes to LGBTQ rights. She recently landed a job with Kochi Metro. She writes a coloumn in the Mathrubhoomi weekly. In the film, Aabhasam, Shyam plays a transgender activist who is a toy seller by profession and is travelling to Kerala to attend a trans festival at a temple. Aabhasam is short for “Arsha Bharatham Samskaram”. In 2016, she made a short appearance in Jayan Cherian’s Ka Bodyscapes, a film about gay rights and activism. She identifies as an activist first and an actress second

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Kerala, the most literate Indian state where reading is in the blood of common man and freedom of expression is sacrosanct, is at the forefront of nurturing a literary eco system that transcends beyond boundaries. Today, the Government of Kerala takes a leap and brings together literary lovers across the globe through an international platform – International Book Fair 2019. The fair which will be held from 8th -17th february 2019 at the Marine Drive grounds, Kochi, Kerala, will be a one of kind platform for international, national and local publishers who wish to reach out to the most well informed audiences with a rich literary lineage.


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