Kohima: Mütsevelü Tetseo, popularly known as Mercy Tetseo of the Tetseo Sisters, dedicated her ‘Woman Super Achiever Award 2020’ to her parents.
She was conferred with the award alongside various other achievers during a glittering ceremony held at Taj Lands End in Mumbai at the World Women Leadership Congress on February 17. Held from February 15 to 17, the conference was attended by over 3,000 delegates from around the world. The awards were presented to over 70 women in over 21 categories from around the world for playing outstanding roles in their respective fields.
The Naga quartet– Tetseo Sisters — in their interviews have always been vocal about how the legacy of story telling through folk songs was passed on to them by their parents.
Speaking with EastMojo over telephone, Mercy Tetseo talked about winning the award: “I am feeling elated and at the same time feeling blessed to have started on this journey by setting out on the path not often taken. From taking risks and having to explain what we (Tetseo Sisters) do to now being in a place where we can be proud of what we do, is perhaps not so tangible but meaningful.”
“This one is for my mom who had the vision and strength to egg us on. And thanks to dad who always was proud of everything we undertook,” she added.
“It feels wonderful that out of the blue, this bolt of encouragement, acknowledgement and support came through,” she said. Mercy added that getting the opportunity to “hear the stories of so many other wonderful and strong women doing so well in their chosen fields” was a great experience. Listening to women about how they braved challenges was “very inspiring and empowering”, she said.
Tetseo Sisters is comprised of four siblings — Mercy, Azi, Kuvelü and Lulu. The group rose to fame by way of telling stories through folk music by singing in their local Naga dialect — Chokri. During the recently concluded box office show in Hornbill Festival, the quartet also performed with their only brother and their parents. They also released their album, A Slice of Li, in December last year.