Sonu Nigam backs India’s first barrier-breaking transgender band
Touted as India’s first transgender band, The 6 Pack Band debuted its first single in association with Yash Raj Films. The band is made of members of the Hijra community and is backed by Sonu Nigam and Anushka Sharma.music Updated: Jan 06, 2016 19:42 IST
India’s first transgender band called The 6 Pack Band has released its debut single Hum Hain Happy, a cover of Pharrell Williams’ hit dance number Happy.
The band was launched by Yash Raj Films’s youth films wing Y-Films in association with Brooke Bond Red Label. Sonu Nigam launched the band’s single.
The 6 Pack Band has been curated by composer Shameer Tandon and comprises six transgender singers hailing from India’s Hijra community, who will be releasing six songs backed by six music videos.
Listen to the song here
Actress-producer Anushka Sharma, who introduces the band in their first music video, said in a statement: “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.”
Ashish Patil, who heads Y-Films, added: “We truly believe that in spite of all our differences, we all dance to the same beat. Irrespective of caste, creed, religion, economic status and gender. And it is music that brings us all together.”
Speaking about the association with the The 6 Pack Band, Brooke Bond Red Label spokesperson Shiva Krishnamurthy said: “Brooke Bond Red Label believes in making the world a more welcoming place by diffusing socially awkward situations. We encourage people to live those little moments that bring us all closer by breaking barriers over a cup of tea.”
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First Published: Jan 06, 2016 19:31 IST