17 February 2021
Author: Martin Raymond and Ryan Lanji
Hungama, in Hindi or Urdu, depending on which translation you settle on, Ryan tells me, means ‘chaos, heat or excitement’: those words and moments that swamp us all before real change and creativity begin. Which is what Ryan’s world is about, as you will hear on the show – from Hungama and his fabled Nailphilia show (still talked about at the V&A, where he was a freelance curator, as the show they should have done, and in the nail art bars and salons it gave voice to up and down the Kingsland Road), to his recent botanical non-binary queer bouquets and ‘extravagayzas’ on Netflix’s The Big Flower Fight.
But Ryan refuses to rest on his laurels, prickly or otherwise, and has already kick-started NDYglobal, as in Not Dead Yet, a queer health and wellness initiative that provides FREE fitness sessions, sound baths – I once fell into one of these, as I explain to him on the podcast – movement classes, pranayama and mindfulness to the LGBTQIA+ community during lockdown.
He’s also running it as a new members’ online platform, which he discusses with me on the show, and says it is designed to provide slow news for the queer community with guest contributors –curated by Ryan, of course – to provide a much-needed platform for marginalised and unheard voices from our world.
You can watch the Zoomcast below, or listen to the podcast here. Find out about Ryan and his work on his website, ryanlanji.com.