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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

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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

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Anukreethy Vas, New Miss India, Explains Challenges Of Single Mother

Anukreethy calls herself a tomboy

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The newly crowned Miss India World Anukreethy Vas — who works for transgenders’ education — feels a smile keeps everyone going, something she has learnt this quality from her mother, who rose her single-handedly. The 19-year-old feels that being raised by a single mother was challenging, but being strong in every situtation kept them going.

“The challenges were there forever starting from school because I am not from a city-based place. I studied in Trichy (Tiruchirappalli) which is not really a city but I was very strong enough because my mother didn’t let me down at any point. She used to say, ‘You are a strong person. How can you cry?’ and that’s how she brought me up,” Anukreethy told IANS over phone from Mumbai.

“I have never seen her low. She has a lot of problems herself but she never showed that to me and that is how I was brought up. Even if I had something inside me, I never expressed it to other person because I feel that a smile is one thing that keeps the other person going. And this is what I learnt from her.

“She inspired me in every way and she has been a great role model,” added the beauty queen, whose mother is an IT professional named Seleena.

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Single mother, Pixabay

Anukreethy is currently pursuing Bachelor of Arts in French at Chennai’s Loyola College to become an interpreter. She is also a state-level athlete, whose aspiration is to become a supermodel. Her faith in destiny keeps her confident at all times and this reflected well while she was announced the winner on Tuesday night.

Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar crowned Anukreethy at the gala, where Meenakshi Chaudhary from Haryana was adjudged first runner-up and second runner-up was Shreya Rao from Andhra Pradesh.

Anukreethy calls herself a tomboy, loves to ride a bike, but more than that she is actively involved in giving education to transgenders.

“I work for the transgender education. There was one of my friends who was transgender in school and her family abandoned her. That struck me about this topic. I was helping an orphanage and NGO with the education of their children.

“In 2015, I associated with an NGO, and the main area of work was education of transgender children. We are now being able to adopt 30 transgenders and educate them,” she told IANS.

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LGBT flag, Pixabay

As of now, she is “really happy” about her victory at the Miss India contest.

“I will put my best to get the crown again,” she said, referring to the Miss World crown which Manushi brought back to India long after Priyanka Chopra won it in 2000.

So after the sudden fame, is she going to miss all the normal things that she enjoys doing?

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“Not really. I still have a normal life. My friends back home are supportive. Yes, just the responsibilities have been added, but rest is normal,” said Anukreethy, who is currently not focussed on Bollywood. (IANS)