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Toli

A group of Khwaja Sira people is called toli.


Khwaja Sira communities, especially in Pakistan, rely heavily on public dance performances to express themselves, connect with others, and, most importantly, make a living. Singing, dancing, and music are standard components of these shows, which can be seen in public spaces like a chowk, a street, or at private events like a function.

Whenever a son is born, especially in rural Punjab, a toli of Khwaja Siras goes to the newborn's house, singing centuries-old, traditional, and contemporary songs about childbirth. This tradition is called vedhai in the Khwaja Sira Farsi language. The dancing troupe is paid for their time, effort, and prayers. With globalization, including increasing urbanization and shifting values, traditional occupations like vedhai are decreasing. Furthermore, The Khwaja Sira community faces discrimination and harassment in public from the police and local authorities, making it difficult for them to work. The media and influential figures and organization in Pakistan's middle and upper classes contribute to the country's pervasive climate of transphobia.



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