Kohima: The ongoing Hornbill Festival in Nagaland hosted its first-ever ‘box office show’ featuring Nagaland quartet Tetseo Sisters at the Bamboo Hall in Kisama on Monday. The one-hour live show will continue till December 10 under the aegis of Task Force for Music and Arts (TaFMA) in association with the government of Nagaland and Nagaland Tourism.
Managed by imagi.NATION, the show featured three of sister — Mercy, Azi and Kuvelü — along with their brother, their parents and a few other musicians. The audience witnessed a state-of-the-art production with programmed lighting, exciting props, audio-sound effects with a customised set during the show.
Speaking with EastMojo after the show, Mercy Tetseo, the eldest sibling, said: “We were so excited and slightly nervous as well. But we just finished the first show and even though we didn’t have a big crowd, we had wonderful people. They were so interactive and it’s a great feeling. We are so geared up and looking forward to the next show.”
According to Mercy, the sisters will have 18 shows in total to perform at the festival, with each one of them varying to “keep it spicy, sweet and salty”, she teased.
The trio then expressed how honoured and special it feels to be sharing the stage with their parents. They said that the legacy of story telling through folk songs, which was passed on to them by their parents, needs to be passed on to the younger generations.
At the first box office show, the Tetseo Sisters performed folk songs and folk fusions. What made the show more enthralling was the special duet performance by their parents and the family group song that they performed. The sisters also made the audience tune to their hit song, O Rhosi.
In the midst of their live show, the sisters also took the crowd back to their childhood by singing the first rhymes they learned, their grandmother’s terrifying folk song, an orphan’s lullaby and many others, which they expressed were personal to them.
Tickets to the box office show are available at the venue in different slabs ranging from Platinum at Rs 4,000 (to admit two – front-row seating, refreshments, merchandise, meet & greet) to Classic Single (Rs 500) while entry is free for children below 7 years. Nagaland residents can avail of discounted tickets at Rs 200 on showing valid ID card at the Bamboo Hall check point.
Outside the box office, pictures of the Tetseo Sisters were also exhibited beginning with their early life and their journey so far. A Tetseo Sisters’ merchandise stall has also been put up near the Bamboo Hall at Kisama.