Breaking free of society’s prejudices, a group of six transgenders has paved the way for many in their community to achieve fame beyond acceptance.
Two members of the 6 Pack Band – formed in 2015 after Yash Raj Films undertook extensive auditions of more than 300 talented transgenders – made an appearance at the Anand Anandi Gade Mela organised by an NGO to propel entrepreneurial skills of the transgender community Tuesday.
Fida and Bhavika, among the six whose collaboration with Sonu Nigam for the song “Rab de Bande” turned quite a few heads, said they found themselves through music.
“Once, I got there it was an organic process. Like nothing could stop it. Till then, life was different. Many of us spent it doing different odd jobs,” said Fida, one of the band members, while performing at the Transgender Empowerment Mela organised by Anam Prem Tuesday.
For Komal, Bhavika, Fida, Chandrika, Asha and Ravina, the band is a platform to make a statement against the stigma attached to their gender while making the best of their talents.
“We named it 6 Pack because the number six has always been used to hold us back with the ‘chhakka’ label. Now, we are using that label and doing things they never thought we were capable of doing,” said Bhavika.
The success of their music has attracted great commercial attention and was being signed with various advertisement projects. “The idea of an ostracised community finding ways to attain independence has brought forth this platform that began in 2005,” said Manisha Parab, member of Anam Prem.
A replay of songs from their famous album “Hum Hain Happy”, that sported Pharrell Williams’s “Happy” on the cover, got the crowd cheering for their favourite band and dancing to its tunes at the fair.
In support of the ventures of other transgender individuals at the fair, the band has now geared up to present itself as a beacon of hope for a community long suppressed.
📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines