India's First Transband: Don't Hide Us Away, Don't Keep Us In A Cageby The Daily Eye Team March 31 2016, 4:53 pm Estimated Reading Time: 0 mins, 37 secs
KomalJagtap used to work as a wedding singer in India. For about 5,000 rupees (£52), she would dance and sing when people got married or wanted to celebrate a birth. But she had big dreams. She had dabbled in film and TV, before a friend on a movie set told her about auditions for a new pop group.
Now Jagtap is a member of 6 Pack Band, put together last spring and already causing a stir across the country. It’s not an unusual story: bands are manufactured on talent shows all the time. What is unusual about the story of Jagtap and her five bandmates – BhavikaPatil, Fida Khan, ChandrikaSuvarnakar, AshaJagtap and RavinaJagtap – is that they are all transgender.