Our musical journey began when we were very young. Mother taught us our first Li and songs while Dad patiently showed us how to hold the Tati right. Then followed sessions of folk dancing and stories from Li. We loved listening to the tales and translations of the poetic songs we had learned to sing.
Mother wove all the traditional skirts and shawls that we always wear proudly, and stringed together the beautiful beads and necklaces we inherited from Grandma.
At all school functions, dressed up in our miniature versions of the traditional Chakhesang costumes, we got to present bouquets to Chief guests and special guests and eventually, to sing folk songs for most of them as well. Cultural performances in school led to television appearances at the local Doordarshan Station and soon invitations to bigger stages and platforms poured in.
The music grows and continues with us as we grew from being school children to college students, working women to mother and now, performing artistes and cultural ambassadors of Nagaland on the world stage.
We are the Tetseo Sisters.