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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

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  • 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.

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  • AJ Krish

    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.

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    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

  • AJ Krish

    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.

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    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

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Pakistan’s First Transgender News Anchor

"There is a lot of difference between the pre- and post-March 23 Marvia. It had to happen. The change had to come,"

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Marvia Malik, Pakistan's first transgender news anchor. VOA

Washington, March 25 TV viewers in Pakistan, on March 23, saw something they had never seen before —a transgender anchor presenting the news in prime time.

Despite this giant leap, Marvia Malik, the first and only transgender news anchor in the country, said the difficulties faced by people like her in Pakistan are far from over.

“I am a journalism degree holder, but I faced the same difficulties [as] the transgender people who simply beg or dance in the streets,” Malik told VOA in a phone interview.

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In a country such as Pakistan, it is common to mock transgender people, who are expected to earn their livelihood mainly by dancing, begging or working in the sex trade. Pixabay

The most daunting task for them is getting a respectable job. But Malik said if more entrepreneurs and businesses showed more courage in breaking the social taboos as her employer, “Kohenoor News,” things can change.

“Like other trans people, I did not get any support from my family.On my own, I did some menial jobs and continued my studies. I had always wanted to be a news anchor, and my dream came true when I got selected,” she said.

Junaid Ansari, owner of the TV station, told VOA that Malik was not selected because the station wanted to make a point about breaking taboos. Ansari said he instructed his team to make the selection on the basis of merit and not gender.

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“We had asked aspiring news presenters to come for the auditions. I got a call from one of my team members who said that one of the applicants was a transgender,” Ansari said. Pixabay

There was some pushback from his team, but Ansari stuck to his decision.

“They are human beings, too, and they should be treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. I purely made the decision on the basis of treating all humans equally.The thought of challenging the social norms or breaking taboos did not even come to my mind,” Ansari said.

Ansari said feedback regarding Malik’s hiring has been mostly positive, though the station has received some negative feedback.

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In Pakistan’s Twittersphere and other social media platforms, people are praising Malik’s selection, calling it a step in the right direction. Pixabay

Earlier this month, Pakistan’s Senate approved a bill for the protection of transgender rights. The bill asked the government to ensure employment opportunities and easy installment loans for transgender people.

According to the 2017 census, there are over 10,000 transgender people in Pakistan, a number some people say is much higher.

In the meantime, Malik is enjoying her instant fame.

“There is a lot of difference between the pre- and post-March 23 Marvia. It had to happen. The change had to come,” she said. VOA