India Gets Its First Transgender Music Band: 6 Pack Band

Posted: January 8, 2016

India gets its first transgender music band- 6 Pack Band. The first song ‘Hum Hain Happy,’ was launched by Sonu Nigam. Must watch.

Did you know the Transgender community of India has more rapes and murder than the general population? Transgender or the Hijra Community of India, is often forced to beg or to be a sex worker. We do not see them sharing the public space like others.

But then, here is the wind of change blowing. The transgender community is often mocked at for singing and dancing for money. But then, here is a change.

India’s first transgender music band, ‘6 pack band’ was launched a day before at Mumbai by Yash Raj Films youth wing in association with Brooke Bond Red Label. It was Sonu Nigam who launched the band. During the launch he said, “When I was a child, I used to think what if I was born in a planet where people like me were in minority and others were majority. What would happen to me and my family because of that? I used to feel very sad. I used to always feel that is there no way in which we can give them (transgenders) a respectable job or a proper business? Why can’t it happen that we see them at normal places? Why do we see them on the streets and at marriages? Till when will this go on? I used to feel really bad.”

The band is curated by composer Shameer Tandon and it has 6 singers from the transgender community.

The first song that is recorded and released is the rendition of Pharell Williams ‘Happy.’The song has a very feel good feeling. It had over 60000 hits on its first day of release. The album will have 6 songs in total. Singer Sonu Nigam will also lend his voice to the album.

Actress Anushka Sharma who introduced the band said, ““I believe that all living beings should be treated with the same respect and dignity. This song is one way to get everyone to tune in to that one thought and beat. Because often where words fail, music speaks.”

All we can say, that this is a very brave step to assimilate the transgender community in the society.

Way to go!

Here is the first song released, “Happy Hain Hum.”

 

Cover image via YRF twitter

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