Kareem Khubchandani’s Lessons In Drag performance Sunday at Public Space One will be diverse in every sense of the word. The LGBT activist and self-proclaimed “gaysi” (Gay + Desi) travels the world to enlighten others on aspects of South Asian popular culture, like literature and film, but especially on the tougher topics of gender inequality and racism.
Kareem Khubchandani is not just your average academic lecturing about his opinions on controversial matters; he has faced harassment his whole life. Khubchandani was born into a poor Indian family that was always on the move, fleeing from India, to Gibraltar, to Ghana, before finally coming to America. His family wished that he was a girl, because they already had two sons.
But his presentation will be as entertaining as it is educational. The current PhD candidate in Performance Studies at Northwestern University will incorporate stand-up comedy, captivating storytelling, interactive dancing, and, of course, a lot of drag, to convey his stances.
Khubchandani thrives on being more than just an educator. By taking lighthearted approaches and poking fun at himself, like a monologue regarding gay rights dressed from head to painted toe-nails in over-the-top drag, he is able to keep his audience thoroughly engaged.
The performance will be held Sunday from 8:30-10:30 p.m., and it’s free and open to the public. The performance is presented by the UI South Asian Studies Program Seminar Series.