"Six Pack Band" or "Six Pack Band" is an Indian musical group. Regarded as the first Indian transgender band, the group includes six members: Fida Khan, Ravina Jagtap, Asha Jagtap, Chandni Suvarnakar, Komal Jagtap and Bhavika Patil.
An inspiring musical journey
In 2016, Y-Films, the youth entertainment division of Yash Raj Films, launched the first transgender music band in India, the 6 Pack Band. The six members of the group (all transgender) were selected from a group of about 200 people auditioned to be inducted into the group. Ashish Patil, chairman of the Y-Films board, said in a conversation with the media:
We see eunuchs at traffic lights begging for a living. Nobody hires them; there is no dignity for them because they are abandoned by the family and society. "
Y-Films also managed to support actress Anushka Sharma and singer Sonu Nigam to support this initiative.
Gamechanger in the entertainment industry in India
Since its dazzling debut with Pharrell Williams' cover version of 'Happy' in 2016, the band has been entertaining audiences with its unique content. Anushka Sharma gave a voiceover at the beginning of the first song – Hum Hain Happy.
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Some other popular hits of the band are:
"Ae Raju" – featuring Hrithik Roshan
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Raula Paye Gaya – the official song of the movie "Sultan" of Salman Khan
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"Hil Pori Hila" – starring Arjun Kapoor
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Sab Sab From Band – including Sonu Nigam's voice
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Winning international recognition, the group gave the only Indian performance at the Cannes Film Festival in 2017. The 6 Pack Band also won the Cannes Glass Lions Grand Prix and nine Emvies Awards.
Meet the members
Here are the six members of "6 Pack Band":
Ravina Jagtap (35): still a fighter
Speaking of her journey and her past, Ravina says:
My career has been great because I live with the community and help it gain the respect of society. I am very protective of my community. I have always been a fighter. There are problems, but it is our job to manage them and to be happy. "
She wants to evolve her band and make some Bollywood songs. On her association with music, she says-
I have been associated with music since my childhood. I love to sing. "
Asha Jagtap (24): had an unpleasant life
Belonging to a transgender community, Asha has faced many difficulties in life. Speaking of her education in a transgender community, Asha says:
My life was not pleasant. The problems we face in our daily lives are different from those faced by others. For us, acceptance is a problem. Not being accepted is a feeling we live with every day.
Asha Jagtap wants to establish a 6 Pack Band internationally and make it one of the best bands in the world. She sees music as an integral part of her community and says:
We sing Badhais (songs that eunuchs sing at festivals and special occasions such as weddings). This is how most of us are attached to music. We've always been musicians, but it's only now that people are starting to notice it. "
Bhavika Patil (27): Wants to make a change
Bhavika has another story of trauma; as she was not accepted by her family. Sharing this unpleasant information, she says-
I was not accepted by my family and I had to fend for myself. I started working as a nurse in a clinic, but when I saw that I was not treated the same way, I was injured. My colleagues, who joined after me, had promotions. I never had an increase, so I had to stop.
Although never turned to music, Bhavika has benefited since joining the band. On her association with music, she says-
When I learned that something like that (Six Pack Band) was getting ready, I did not want to miss that. "
However, Bhavika's family never helped her to join a band like this. She adds,
It hurts when the people you love the most are not with you when you need it.
Now, Bhavika is so in the music that she wants to bring about a change in society through music, she says.
I want to make a change in society through music. I want people to know what we as a community can do. "
Chandni Suvarnakar (34): likes to sing
Unlike Bhavika, Chandni considers himself "lucky" because his parents have always supported him. Chandni says
They supported who I was and what I did. They were happy in my happiness. "
Since childhood, she loved music. On her singing joy, she says
I do not know if I'm good or bad, but I like to sing. "
Fida Khan (24): Want to become a soul musician
Like Chandni, Fida was also fortunate enough to get support from her parents. as they happily accepted his sexual orientation. However, they were kind of a bit more restrictive. Fida says
They did not let me leave the house because the people in my community did not want me.
Fida works with an NGO called Humsafar. She is also calling for an ashram for her community in Mumbai. Idolizing Michael Jackson, the music has just arrived in Fida. Speaking of her association with music, she says-
I have never attended any training. I watched TV and movies. That's how I learned to sing. I want to become a soulful and melodious musician. "
Komal Jagtap (22): The strings are still tied
Komal did not have the chance to know Fida and Chandni; as her parents disowned her when she was young. Sharing this tragic story, she says-
They stopped talking to me. But when the Six Pack Band was created, my family started talking to me again. I've done what our community does to make a living. I have encountered the same problems as the transgender community in this country. But the group changed my life.
Although her family is still angry at Komal, she continues to live in her community. Komal says
I still live with the community. I'm happy with what I'm doing. I like music. "