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Sonu Nigam Launches India's First Transgender Music Band

  | January 07, 2016 09:51 IST (Mumbai)
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"When I was a child, I used to think what if I was born in a planet where people like me were in minority and others were majority. What would happen to me and my family because of that? I used to feel very sad. I used to always feel that is there no way in which we can give them a respectable job," said Sonu Nigam

Singer Sonu Nigam launched Y-Film's transgender music group 6-Pack Band on January 6.

Sonu has also sung one of the songs for the group. He said that he had a great experience singing with the band.

"We are taking one step at a time. There are six songs. I felt very happy singing with them. They were singing my songs all the time. They have a very good vibe. I really enjoyed their innocence and child-like energy," said Sonu.

6-Pack Band comprises six transgenders who have sung original songs, including a cover version of Grammy-winner Pharrell Williams' song Happy.

Sonu added that he felt bad about the fact that transgenders are stereotyped in the society.

"When I was a child, I used to think what if I was born in a planet where people like me were in minority and others were majority. What would happen to me and my family because of that? I used to feel very sad. I used to always feel that is there no way in which we can give them (transgenders) a respectable job or a proper business? Why can't it happen that we see them at normal places? Why do we see them on the streets and at marriages? Till when will this go on? I used to feel really bad," added Sonu.

The band has been curated by music director Shameer Tandon, who said that they chose the song Happy to launch the band as English songs have a wider reach.

"The idea was to transcend boundaries, which is why we thought that instead of singing a Hindi song, we could sing an English one.

They are always happy, despite the fact that people abhor and disrespect them. Happy, we hope, will be heard by everybody in the world," said Shameer.

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