Inside The All-Male “Akharas” Of India

Published Date Author: , September 5th, 2014

India“In general, sexual minorities are not well accepted by mainstream Indian society,” 35-year-old photographer Bishan Samaddar tells Queerty in an exclusive interview. “Here, there’s always tremendous pressure on men and women to marry each other and produce children.”

Samaddar was born in Ranchi in the Jharkhand state of India. He currently lives in Calcutta, where he photographs the daily lives of ordinary people and their surroundings. One of his series features photographs of men working out in a gym. The images offer a rare glimpse into the every day routines of Indian men.

Samaddar shared the story behind the photos, as well as his personal experiences of being an openly gay man in a country where the Supreme Court recently reinstated a colonial-era law making gay sex a crime.

See the link below for the photos.

By Graham Gremore – Full Story at Queerty | India Gay Travel Resources

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