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India’s first trans band release Bollywood cover of Pharrell’s Happy (VIDEO)

Joe Williams January 8, 2016
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6 Pack Band is comprised of six trans women from Mumbai.

India’s first trans pop band has released its début single.

India’s first trans band release Bollywood cover of Pharrell’s Happy (VIDEO)

‘Hum Hain Happy’ is a Bollywood inspired cover of Pharrell Williams’ ridiculously catchy 2013 hit ‘Happy’.

The band, who sing in Hinglish – a blend of Hindi and English – is comprised of six trans women from Mumbai, who were selected from 200 candidates following a lengthy audition process.

The opening scene of the song’s music video explains many of the issues facing the trans community – known as hijras – in India.

“The third gender. Ignored by most. Tolerated by some. Misunderstood by all,” Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma says in the video’s voice over.

“In India, the hijras are a community almost in exile. Standing out at traffic signals after failing to blend in. Knocking on our windows.

“In the hope for some kindness and perhaps a smile.

“But when they don’t get either, they keep their chin up and find a way to simply be happy.”

India’s first trans band release Bollywood cover of Pharrell’s Happy (VIDEO)

6 Pack Band will release a six-song EP and accompanying music videos – including a collaboration with Sonu Nigam, one of the country’s most popular singers.

“It is an outstanding initiative. I’m just honoured to be a part of it,” he told the Indo-Asian News Service.

“This is going to be a game-changer in the entertainment industry whether it is in music-making or events.”

Watch the video for Hum Hain Happy below:

Related topics: Asia, Happy, India, India, LGBT, Pharrell Williams, Trans

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