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Bollywood appreciates folk artists: All girl band from Nagaland

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By Debaprio D. Choudhury 

New Delhi: Bollywood may be stereotypical and commercialized with its formula content but offers a “great platform” for folk artistes to display creativity on a large scale and gain popularity, feels an all-girl band from Nagaland – the Tetseo Sisters.

The band, which performs traditional folk music of Nagaland’s Chakhesang tribe and along with  folk fusion, consists of four Tetseo siblings – Azi, Mercy, Kuvelu and Alune – as its members.

Founded in 1994, the band is credited with being able to bring Naga folk music to a larger audience.

“We love a lot of things about Bollywood, while certain things make us cringe too. Indie music and folk have more recently found a place in Bollywood and that is good news,” Mercy of the Delhi-based band was quoted by a media outlet.

“For all its commercialism and stereotypical formula treatment, Bollywood is a great platform for artistes to gain popularity and make it good financially. It also gives great opportunity for creativity on a large scale,” she said and added that they get inspired by life.

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The folk quartet said their songs were about daily life existence, beauty, nature, family, love, friendship, death, pain and happiness. They sing “Li” (folk songs) in Nagaland’s Chokri dialect.

The band members, dressed up in their miniature versions of the traditional Chakhesang costumes, play instruments like Tati (one stringed instrument), Khro-khro (shakers), drums and Bamhum.

On their songs and music, Kuvelu said: “We sing some traditional (Naga) lyrics as well as some that we have written. ‘O Rhosi’, ‘Apulio Lizo’ (prayer song), ‘Ohe!’ and ‘Hiyo! Hiyo!’ are some of our well-appreciated songs. We also perform western contemporary music.”

“Our songs celebrate life and certain virtues and values. They talk about identity and describe a beautiful way of life close to nature,” added Kuvelu who is part of the quartet that has featured in many cultural events across India and abroad.

The band members said they were always open to varied experiences and opportunities to make new and different kinds of music.

Photo 2_1438430168 (1)The Tetseo Sisters said they were now on a mission to create awareness about the need for environment protection, gender equality and racial discrimination.

“We are not activists of any kind. But we want to highlight the need for environment protection, recycling, gender equality, racial discrimination and safety for women across the country,” said Alune, a key member of the band that has jammed with folk musicians from India and abroad.

Asked about their future plan, Azi told a media outlet: “Our dream is to go on a worldwide tour. Slowly but surely, we are pretty close to getting there.”

On the growing trend of all-girl bands in the northeast region, she said: “…it is probably because of the love of music inherent in people of the hills and the more socially egalitarian tribal culture that lets girls be more individualistic and free to pursue their interests.”

“However, there are many famous female vocals fronting many top bands from the rest of the country; so it’s not like there is a dearth of female musical talent around the country barring the northeast states. To us, it doesn’t really matter if a group is all male or female so long as they make great music,” she said.

Asked whether the band faced any problem in connecting with audiences in other parts of India, Mercy said good music does not need a language.

“We have been playing in Delhi for a while. Yes, we sing in a dialect spoken by very few people and that’s the beauty of it. Some things can’t be translated but thankfully with music, you just need to hit the right notes for the melody to capture your listener’s soul and do its job.

“We have had a variety of audiences and they have never faced any problems getting the intent of the songs, and we also try to share a gist of each song that we sing. Good music does not need a language. It speaks to the soul,” said Alune as the band’s popularity continues to grow in other parts of India.

(IANS)

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Add Music to Your Workout Regime

Costas Karageorghis, sports psychologist from Brunel University in London, suggests some tips on how to maximise the beneficial effects of music for your workout

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Want to go further with your workout? Then music could be the answer. Experts suggest that it can be a tremendous supplement to exercise and can yield better results.

It is said that top athletes use music to enhance their performance and researchers are now studying this phenomenon to understand how to harness its power, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

Costas Karageorghis, sports psychologist from Brunel University in London, suggests some tips on how to maximise the beneficial effects of music for your workout.

“Our research demonstrates that music can be a tremendous supplement to exercise. For maximum impact, the tempo and rhythmic pattern need to be targeted towards your movement rate and activity pattern. Music can benefit exercise particularly at low-to-moderate intensities,” said Karageorghis.

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To get the best result in gym, the music should possess a pleasing melody and harmony, which improves your mood, typically is a major key. Music that promotes inspiring imagery or has strong personal associations can also be highly effective.

Different music work for particular types of exercise. Here is the list:

* Weight lifting: Music that is fast, rhythmic, percussive or bass-driven is particularly good for psyching yourself up before a highly strenuous activity like lifting heavy weights.

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* Sprinting: You need faster music for when you are training at a high intensity.

* Jogging, rowing, cycling: A playlist should ideally contour your expected heart rate during such workout. If you are synchronising your movements with the music, the beats per minute need to match your intended movement rate, so it’s important to determine what this is likely to be and to select music accordingly. (Bollywood Country)