The third gender in India is yet to get its due, says Shamir Tandon

Jun 30, 2017, 12:55 IST | Mohar Basu

6-Pack Band, India's first transgender group, on how their dreams took them to the Cannes ad festival

(from left) Ravina Jagtap, Chandni Suvarnakar, Bhavika Patil, Komal Jagtap, Fida Khan and Asha Jagtap of 6-Pack Band(from left) Ravina Jagtap, Chandni Suvarnakar, Bhavika Patil, Komal Jagtap, Fida Khan and Asha Jagtap of 6-Pack Band

After winning the Cannes Grand Prix Glass Lion 2016, India's first transgender band, 6-Pack Band, was recently invited for the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2017. Curated by Shamir Tandon and backed by Y-Films (youth wing of Yash Raj Films), the band set the stage ablaze with their act at the do, held between June 17 and 24.

Talking to mid-day from Cannes, Tandon said, "It gives me and the band immense pride to have represented India on a global platform. Becoming the first-ever artistes from the Indian subcontinent to have performed at the Cannes main stage is an honour. The third gender in India is yet to get its due. Success stories like that of the 6-Pack Band is our effort to bring social integration in India and across the world."

Khan feels their successful musical journey is inspiring for the transgender community, which can encourage others to come out confident. "We want to give our community wings so that we can pursue our dreams. Being at Cannes among such esteemed guests and performing here makes me a proud Indian."

Meet the band

Comprising Fida Khan, Ravina Jagtap, Asha Jagtap, Chandni Suvarnakar, Komal Jagtap and Bhavika Patil, the band started out last year. Their first single clocked in over 2 million views on YouTube. Hrithik Roshan, Sonu Nigam and Arjun Kapoor have featured in their videos.

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