TRULY ‘ISSPESHAL’ WAY TO PROMOTE TOLERANCE
What adults can do, children do better. The Six Pack Band 2.0, curated by musician Shamir Tandon proved this adage to be absolutely correct during the Children’s Day Special show of game show Kaun Banega Crorepati telecast on Sony TV.
The 6-Pack Band 2.0, is the second segment of India’s first transgender band, the Brooke Bond Red Label 6 Pack Band, which exploded on to the scene in 2016, winning millions of hearts across the globe.
The 6 Pack Band 2.0 focuses on a group and community that faces a social stigma – primarily driven by lack of awareness, understanding and therefore, acceptance – the theme of Mental Health & Disability. The ‘Isspecial’ 6-Pack Band showed the world that no disability can hold you back if given the right kind of love & support. The second version of the Six Pack band features six talented specially-abled teenagers – Ananya Halarnkar, Anjali Ramesh, Maitreya Matale, Paarth Padhye, Prerna Agarwal, and Rishaan Patil. India’s 1st ‘isspeshal‘ band, the ‘6-Pack Band 2.0’, comprises 6 teens between the ages of 13 to 18 (3 girls, 3 boys) with special needs but incredible music skills, drive and passion.
The dynamic band performed a medley of their song, ‘Dimaage Ke Taale Tod Na’, and several other Bollywood tracks during the special Children’s Day special show of Kaun Banega Crorepati.
Speaking about the band and their performance, Mr. Amitabh Bachchan said, “Children are the future of humanity and what better way than to celebrate these wonderfully talented children who are an inspiration to me as well. Their spirit, their infectious energy, their resolve, and their life stories are extremely inspiring. They show the world that no disability can hold you back if given the right kind of love and support.”
Talking about the band, composer and curator of the band, Shamir Tandon, said: “The idea of this band came to me when I was contemplating the concept of inclusivity in the society. My friend and I were having this discussion and we both conceived the idea of a band that represented inclusivity. I have always been inspired by this verse from the Guru Granth Sahib, Awwal allah noor upaya, kudrat de sab bande; Ek noor te sab jag upjeya, kaun bhale kaun mande…Sab rab de bande. If God Almighty has created us all, why must we be biased against people who may be different from what we are? Inclusivity is what we as a society need to cultivate amongst us. Changing a mindset is a steady and gradual process. But the kind of acceptance we got on Kaun Banega Crorepati – all-embracing, appreciative and loving was such a huge motivation. This genuine warmth and acceptance – of loving these wonderful and talented kids – is all it takes. The team at KBC helped us immensely with this gesture in driving our message across even more strongly. I think all we need to be is more patient, understanding and accepting of all our differences and make this world a more inclusive place. This International Day of Tolerance, let us spread the message of tolerating our differences.”
The band was launched by none other than Karan Johar earlier this year with their first single, ‘Jhakkad Pakkad Dance’. Tiger Shroff, Vishal Dadlani, Mika Singh, and Neha Kakkar have already collaborated with these bright kids and helped spread the message of shedding ignorance and inhibitions and accepting everyone as they are.
The Six Pack Band 2.0 plans to release six tracks altogether this year and their next will be their version of the iconic, ‘Sab Rab De Bande’, popularised earlier by the first edition of the Six Pack Band. The video of this song, that features nine celebrities including Maniesh Paul, Chef Sanjeev Kapoor, RJ Malishka, Rannvijay Singh and Rani Mukherji Chopra, will be released in the next few weeks.