The LaLiT New Delhi’s huge popular nightclub Kitty Su is turning seven this year. Started in 2011 as a destination club, Kitty Su has now evolved into a social movement of sorts, supporting various social issues — gender equality, differently abled community, acid survivors and regional sections that are being ignored by the society.
Keshav Suri, executive director of The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group, says “Honestly, I didn’t expect Kitty Su to last this long. Nowadays, nightclubs shut in four or five years, but Kitty Su has not been shut for a single day.”
Meanwhile, Suri recalls the era of the 90s when his parents used to run a nightclub called Anabelle. “It worked for a good 10-12 years because at that time the shelf life of these nightclubs was much longer.”
Suri’s excitement is evident, as the club gets ready for its seventh birthday, “We are on the cusp of making a history in India and my drive against Section 377 comes from this energy source. Kitty Su saw the opportunity to force a change in the way society perceives communities. It makes me proud that we have been able to create a platform and environment where everyone is welcome,” adds Suri.
On the subject of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, Suri expresses, “It is just the start, and the community has a long way to go to achieve equal rights”.
Over the years, the plethora of acts and performances at Kitty Su has not just entertained people, but has also provided them with food for thought. From hiring country’s first differently-abled DJ, stimulating the drag culture, to offering employment to LGBTQI community members, Kitty Su has set in motion a roadmap towards an inclusive society. Talking about his idea of inclusivity, Suri says, “We have made sure that Kitty Su is for everyone, and so we do not focus on any niche crowd.”
The 7th-anniversary celebrations have already started in full-swing at Kitty Su Delhi, with performances by Drag Queen Harish, and rappers Raktim and Sumeet Samos representing the North-Eastern part of India. Kitty Su also dedicated a special night to the differently abled community with a gig by DJ Aamish on August 22.
Talking about the line-up of performances, Suri says, “I have been personally involved in the arrangements as well as the selection of artists for the celebration. And in the coming years, my focus will be on promoting homegrown talents.”
Kitty Su has always rallied for Transgender empowerment, and this year is no different. On August 24, the club is hosting a TransEmpowerment night with special acts by Alex, Navya, Abhina, Mahi, and Kiara.
Along with this, Kitty Su is also a staunch supporter of gender equality and therefore, for every male DJ, there is a female DJ performing as well for the seventh-anniversary fiesta.
The anniversary celebrations will continue until August 25th, with performances by drag divas Thorgy Thor, Rani Ko-He-Nur and Maya The Drag Queen. So far, Kitty Su has worked with 21 Indian Drag queens.
Keeping up with its motive of promoting social inclusivity, Kitty Su’s is collaborating with Inclov (a matchmaking platform for people with disabilities to make friends and find love); and will also promote its #purelove campaign which has already caught the attention of many people.
This year the club is also introducing the #KittySuSection777 campaign, where it will invite guests to write about what they would like to experience in Kitty Su.
So, if you’re in New Delhi on August 24 and 25th, then don’t forget to check out the celebrations at Kitty Su.