Jorhat, Sept. 3: Hunting Boots Inc, along with Graceland Harmony from Mokokchung in Nagaland, entranced the 100-year-old Lakhi Union Bengali Club stage here with a medley of popular English, Assamese, Bengali and Ao songs here last night.
Buoyed by their earlier attempt at a Bengali song, Sata Phul Bikosite in 1995, Hunting Boots this time tried out Rabindrasangeet, in the form of Anandoloke.
They were accompanied by Graceland Harmony, a troupe from Mokokchung, which pitched in with the chorus of the song in the Ao language.
Hunting Boots also sang an Assamese song, Bhupen Hazarika’s famous Buku hom hom kore.
Hunting Boots Inc earlier comprised a group of Elvis Presley fans, who came under this banner in 1992 and has slowly evolved as an event management group, encouraging other troupes and individuals in music and singing, besides holding social fairs and functions in Mokok-chung. However, the group vowed that their first love will always be singing.
Both groups received a standing ovation for their effort. Bashabi Bagchi, Rabindrasangeet exponent from Santiniketan and Parichay Basu, a recitation expert from Calcutta, who were here to conduct a two-day workshop organised by the club, lauded the two groups and said they had enjoyed their rendition of Rabindrasangeet immensely.
Bagchi also presented a CD of uncommon Rabindrasangeet to Temsu Jamir, in-charge of creativity, Hunting Boots.
Encouraged by the gesture, Jamir said his group would now take up singing more Bengali and Assamese songs.
“We had very little time to practise — only three to four days to get this act together — as we had another event at Mokokchung on August 25. But we hope that the message of brotherhood and fraternity can be conveyed through our music,” he said.