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Indo-Canadian ‘Superwoman’ awarded for ‘Best First-Person Series’

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

New York: Popular Indo-Canadian online personality and comedienne Lilly Singh, also known as Superwoman, has won an award for the ‘Best First-Person Series’, a media report said.

Beating four other online personalities, Singh won the ‘Streamy Award’ at the VH1’s ‘5th Annual Streamy Awards’ function that was held in Los Angeles on September 17, India-West online portal reported on Friday.

Born to parents originally from Punjab, Lilly Singh is strongly connected to her Punjabi heritage. The “rapper”, “entertainer”, “vlogger” and “motivational speaker” holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from York University. In her YouTube channel – ||Superwoman||, she speaks mostly on daily issues faced by the youth –especially today’s average Punjabi youth– and holds a comic, yet humanitarian approach to various topics. The comedienne who sports tattoos in the Punjabi script on her left and right wrist reading Nirbhau (without fear) and Nirvair (without hate), has in her interview with People magazine, spoken about her long period of depression and how she started making videos as a process of self-healing and to make others feel happier.

“Feeling so blessed and grateful for winning Best First Person Series at the #Streamys tonight,” Singh tweeted after receiving the award.

“I’ve got to thank Team Super, my fans — you are the most loyal, dedicated, passionate, wonderful people. For my friends, my family, my parents, who let me not be a doctor—a thank you,” she was quoted as saying in an 11-second acceptance speech video.

The 26-year-old was also nominated for the ‘Entertainer of the Year’ award but lost to 21-year-old Cameron Dallas of Chino Hills, California.

On September 11, Singh entertained her fans at ‘YouTube FanFest Australia’ by performing on her songs “LEH” and “IVIVI” to a full house at Qantas Credit Union Arena in Sydney.

After beginning her YouTube channel in October 2010, her videos have gathered over 730 million views and her channel has over six million subscribers.


(With inputs from IANS)

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Here’s the list of all the important awards you need to know at one place

Here we have compiled a list of all important awards, saving you a part of your time that you would have wasted sweeping through webpages to know about one of these

List of all the important awards
List of Awards. Pixabay

New Delhi, August 14, 2017: Be it for Competitive Exams, or simply General Knowledge, it’s always good to let your brain know things that matter. Awards, indeed are recognition given to people for their achievements, accomplishments, or contributions in a particular field, therefore it becomes important to know which award holds what purpose, when was it instituted, and when is it given. Here we have compiled a list of all important awards, saving you a part of your time that you would have otherwise wasted sweeping through webpages, searching for the awards one by one.

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1. Nobel Prize: The most coveted international award was named after Alfred Bernard Nobel, the inventor of dynamite. The award is given every year on December 10th, which marks the death anniversary of Alfred Bernard Nobel. The Nobel Prize is given to those renowned persons who have made pioneering achievements in the fields of Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Peace, Literature, and Economics. Awards for all categories have been given since 1901, except Economics which was instituted in 1967 and first given in 1969.

2. Magsaysay Awards: Named after the former president of Philippines, Ramon Magasaysay, this award was Instituted in 1957. The award is presented every year on August 31, for excellent contributions in journalism, literature, arts, international understanding, community leadership and public service. It is also regarded as the Nobel prize of Asia.

3. Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding: The Government of India Instituted this award in in 1965 to honor the work of persons for outstanding contributions to goodwill and international understanding among people around the world.

4. Oscar Awards: The most prestigious award in the world of cinema was instituted in 1929. The Academy of Motion Pictures in USA confers the award annually. Bhanu Athaiya was the first Indian to get an Oscar for his movie ‘Gandhi’, while Satyajit Ray, the first Indian to be awarded with an Oscar for lifetime achievements in Cinema in 1992.


5. UNESCO Peace Prize: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) presents this award for remarkable contributions for international peace.

6. Pulitzer Prize: Instituted in 1997, this award is conferred annually in the USA, for extraordinary accomplishments in journalism, music and literature. The award is named after the US publisher, Joseph Pulitzer.

7. Right Livelihood Award: Instituted in 1980 by the Right Livelihood Society, London, also known as alternate Nobel Award, is given to persons for contributing in the areas of environment and social justice.

8. Mahatma Gandhi Peace Prize: Instituted in 1995 by Government of India, following the lines of Nobel prize, It is presented for contributions in maintaining or promoting international peace.

9. UNESCO Human Rights Award: Another award presented by UNESCO every alternate year, for work in the field of Human Rights and its awareness.


10. Man Booker Prize: Man Booker makes for the highest literary honor to authors of British, Irish and Commonwealth countries. It was instituted in 1968 by the Booker Company and the British Publishers Association following the lines of Pulitzer Prize of US.

11. UN Human Rights Award: This award is presented every sixth year by UN for personal contribution for the cause of human rights.

12. World Food Prize: The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) presents the award for contributions in the field of agriculture and food development.

Also read: Southern Film Industry bags 18 National Film Awards. 

13. Indira Gandhi Award For International Peace, Disarmament and Development: This award is presented by Indira Gandhi Memorial Fund in India for specialized contribution in the field of international disarmament and development.

14. Bharat Ratna: Bharat Ratna or the highest civilian award of India is presented by the Government of India for rarest achievements in the field of art, literature and science, and extraordinary public service. It was instituted in 1954, with C. Rajagopalchari as its first recipient.

15. Padma Vibhushan: The second highest civilian award, coming right after Padma Vibhushan is presented for distinguished services in any field including Government service. The other important civilian awards include, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shree.


16. Bhartiya Jnanpeeth Awards: Instituted in 1965, these awards are given to scholars for their distinguished works in any of the recognized languages.

17. Sahitya Akademy Awards: Instituted in 1955, these awards are presented to writers for any exclusive writing in any of the 22 languages including English literature.

18. Saraswati Samman: Instituted in 1991 by the K.K. Birla Foundation, the honor is given for any distinguished literary work made during last 10 years in any of the Indian language.

19. Vyas Samman: Instituted in 1992 by the K.K. Birla Foundation, the honor is given to people for outstanding contribution to Hindi literature.

20.  Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Awards: They are presented to the Indian scientists for their exceptionally brilliant performance.


21. R.D. Birla Award: This award is given in the field of medical sciences.

22. Dhanvantri Award: These awards are given for exceptional performance in medical sciences.

23. Arjuna Awards: The prestigious Arjuna awards, instituted in 1961, are presented by the Youth affairs and Sports Ministry, Government of India, for achievements of players in National Sports.

24. Dronacharya Awards: Instituted in 1985, the award is given by the Sports Ministry, government of India, for excellent coaching in sports and games. It is named after Drona, also known as guru Dronacharya, a character from the Sanskrit epic Mahabharata.

Also read: Nari Shakti Awards on the Occasion of International Women’s Day

25. Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna: It is the highest sporting honor of India, awarded for excellent performance in sports and games. The award is named after Rajiv Gandhi, former prime minister of India. It was instituted in 1992.

26. Gallantry Awards
* Param Vir Chakra: It is the highest award for bravery in India, awarded for displaying valor during wartime.
* Mahavir Chakra: It is the second highest gallantry award after Param Vir Chakra, awarded for acts of gallantry in the presence of the enemy.
* Vir Chakra: It is the third highest gallantry award, presented for exhibiting bravery in the battlefield.
* Ashok Chakra: It is the highest peace-time gallantry award, presented for courageous action away from the battlefield.

-prepared by Samiksha Goel of NewsGram. Twitter @goel_Samiksha

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Generate Content You Love, Says Indo-Canadian Youtube Superwoman Lilly Singh

One of the most popular faces on YouTube Lilly Singh has called for a kind of self-regulation, both among content generators and consumers

Lilly Singh
Lilly Singh (IISuperwomanII) preforms in San Francisco, at her world tour "A Trip To Unicorn Island". Wikimedia
  • Superwoman Lilly Singh has called for a kind of self-regulation, both among content generators and consumers
  • She stated that her content is “non-offensive” and that Indian parents generally like her shows
  • She was recently appointed as Unicef’s newest Goodwill Ambassador

New Delhi, July 19, 2017: At a time when the debate on censorship — on TV and the social media — is at an all-time high, one of the most popular faces on YouTube has called for a kind of self-regulation, both among content generators and consumers.

Referring to her work as “non-offensive”, Indo-Canadian YouTube sensation Lilly Singh (aka Superwoman), who was recently appointed as Unicef’s newest Goodwill Ambassador, claimed that she has never faced government intervention in her work.

“There are certain things you cannot put on YouTube, certain content you cannot post on your channel, and you have to play by those rules because that is not your platform. So, ultimately, I think if you are doing things in the public eye, you do have to play by some rules,” the popular figure, who was ranked No.1 on Forbes Magazine’s Top Influencers List in the entertainment category last month, told IANS in an interview here.

But the larger question that continues to haunt the creative fraternity is whether there is need for censorship on creative freedom or not. Singh said that “it depends” from case to case.

While she makes music videos and the platform (YouTube) is owned by Google, she must adhere to its rules. At the same time, she seemed to suggest a mid-way formula to resolve the censorship crisis.

“I always believed that you should come up (with content) which you love… If you watch something and that offends you I do believe that you should just watch something that does not offend you,” Singh, who enjoys a stunning total of over 11 million YouTube subscribers, maintained.

She also reiterated the fact that her content is “non-offensive” and that Indian parents generally like her shows.

However, Singh chose to remain quiet on the ongoing controversy around the legal trouble that AIB’s Tanmay Bhatt has landed in after releasing a meme of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a Snapchat dog filter.

She said that gender inequality is one of the core issues that she would love to see improve in societies across the globe. She suggested that it is high time that people began to question traditions that impose gender inequality among societies.

“I also think that accepting people for their sexual, economic, social preferences in every country is something that can be improved as well,” she added.

 The actor also expressed her desire to play the character of any female superhero.

“In fact ‘Wonder Woman’ broke box office records because it was directed by a female and led by a female. It is a very good testament to the fact that there should be more,” she added.

Singh has featured in popular films like “Dr. Cabbie” and “Bad Moms”. This year, she has also released her international and New York Times bestselling book “How To Be A Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life”, and was also recently cast in HBO’s film adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451”. (IANS)

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Meet 6-Pack Band: India’s First Transgender Music Group

The band and the Y- film won the Webby Award, which is the highest internet award for Public Service and Activism Category

6 Pack Band. Image source:
  • India’s first transgender band, the 6-pack band won the Cannes Grand Prix Glass Lion award at Cannes film festival
  • The band and Y- film won the Webby Award, which is the highest internet award for Public Service and Activism Category
  • The band will hum the song ‘Raula Paye Gaya’ alongside Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

Earlier, being a transgender is a taboo, but now that has changed. Although that thinking exists even in nowadays, but transgenders have started their journey towards success. Recently, India’s first transgender band, the 6-pack band won the Cannes Grand Prix Glass Lion award at Cannes film festival.

“Since the time we’ve come together, this project has been nothing less than a dream,” said Komal Jagtap, one of the six band members to the Hindustan Times.

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Band members with Ashish Patil of Y-Films (fourth from left) and Shameer Tandon, curator. Image source: Photo: Aalok Soni/HT
Band members with Ashish Patil of Y-Films (fourth from left) and Shameer Tandon, curator. Image source: Photo: Aalok Soni/HT

This award is given to the work that tends to shift the focus of the society and highlight the impacts of injustice, gender inequality and imbalance. 30 bands participated in Cannes festival, including 4 bands from India, but the 6-pack band won the title for showing the hidden talent present in the transgender communities.

The band and the Y- film won the Webby Award, which is the highest internet award for Public Service and Activism Category.

Hum Hain Happy by 6-pack band. Image Source: YouTube
‘Hum Hain Happy’ poster by 6-pack band. Image Source: YouTube

This was the second highest award given to the 6-pack band for raising their voice against the discriminations and prejudices regarding the transgender community. The band was launched by Y-films and won the award in collaboration with Brooke Bond, Red Label and Mindshare Mumbai. The campaign was named as ‘Hum Hain Happy’ which was a cover for Pharrell Williams ‘Happy’. This single title track had gained more than 1.4 million views on YouTube after 6 weeks of its release.

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Hrithik Roshan with 6- Pack band. Image Source: YouTube

This band has also released 5 music videos on Y-films official YouTube channel that features famous actors like Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan and Arjun Kapoor. One of the videos also features the famous singer Sonu Nigam and Zanai Bhosle (grand-daughter of Asha Bhosle).

After winning the award, the group is ready for the Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma starrer ‘Sultan’.  Shammer Tondon composed the track ‘Raula Paye Gaya’ and the band will be seen humming the song alongside Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.

-This article is compiled by a staff-writer at NewsGram.


2 responses to “Meet 6-Pack Band: India’s First Transgender Music Group”

  1. The transgender community are now slowly gaining support for their fight against discrimination. They are climbing to new heights by showcasing their talents, telling eevryone that they too are part of the society.

  2. It is really good to know that the transgender community is gaining popularity are people are understanding them. This is a great achievement for them