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Patruni Chidananda Sastry

(1992-12-25) December 25, 1992 (age 31)
Kharagpur, West Bengal

Patruni Sastry, popularly known as Patruni Chidananda Sastry or Suffocated art Specimen.[1][2][3]is a Expressionist Dancer, Performance Artist and drag queen[4]


Sastry started dancing at the age of 5. He was inspired by Ramya Krishnan from Padayappa in his initial days[5]. Later from the Expressionist movement[6].He later learned Kuchipudi,Bharatanatyam,Odissi,Butoh,Contemporary dance [7]. Sastry was inspired from Daniel Lismore and started performing Tranimal drag[8]. Sastry performed at Hyderabad Literature festival[9], Namma Pride,The Lalit Ashok, Lamakaan[10],Shilparamam, Public Spaces, and also founded Dragvanti[11][12] and also acted in a short film 'Polar Night' which is based on the Polar Night effect by Rakesh Asileti[13].Sastry uses dance to talk about social topics such as sex education, queer activism and women empowernment[14].Sastry identified himself as gender fluid.[15][16][17]


  1. Borah, Prabalika M. (30 April 2019). "Dance towards positive thoughts: Patruni Chidananda Sastry" – via
  2. "Patruni Chidananda Sastry on expressionist form of dance, and how it can give a voice to communities - Living News , Firstpost". Firstpost. 27 August 2018.
  3. Chakravorty, Reshmi (31 July 2018). "Demystifying a taboo". Deccan Chronicle.
  4. Pant, Manasi (26 September 2019). "In Conversation With Patruni Chidananda Sastry: Exploring Dance And Sexuality". Feminism In India.
  5. "Who Am I: 25-YO Hyderabad Dancer Will Make You Question Gender Norms". 1 August 2018.
  6. "This 25-year-old classical dancer is integrating the distressing Japanese art form, Butoh with Bharatanatyam". The New Indian Express.
  7. "Meet the Hyderabad dancer who is unboxing gender, one step at a time". Hindustan Times. 4 August 2018.
  8. Reid-Smith, Tris (19 March 2020). "How a 27-year-old queer Indian brought drag to their city". Gay Star News.
  9. Rao, Siddharth. "When body becomes a work of art". Telangana Today.
  10. "Leading in his own footsteps". The New Indian Express.
  11. "Hyderabadi behind India's first virtual space for drag". 19 June 2020.
  12. "Celebrating the diversity of drag". Telangana Today.
  13. Borah, Prabalika M. (17 April 2020). "COVID-19: 'Polar night' is a short film on loneliness during lockdown" – via
  14. "How to Learn About Sex Through Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi and Odissi".
  15. "It took me 23 years to finally realise that I am gender fluid - Times of India". The Times of India.
  16. publication, FollowGaylaxyIndia's #1 LGBT (30 April 2019). "'Where Art Prevails There is No Scope of Violence' : An Interview with Dancer Patruni Chidananda Sastry".
  17. Verma, Vandana (8 August 2018). "A rhythmic battle for equal rights".

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