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Shillong choir tugs at heartstrings

Dec. 17: A spectacular performance by the Shillong Chamber Choir stole the show at the flag-down ceremony of Asean-India Car Rally 2012 at Sarusajai Sports Complex here today.

From popular Hindi songs to state anthem of Assam, mor aponar dex, the choir’s performance left the audience spellbound.

The choral group from Meghalaya began the concert with Bollywood numbers — Ajib Dastan Hai Yeh and Ye Dosti Hum Nahi Todenge — which were greeted by a thunderous applause.

Founded in 2001, the choir had travelled across the world to showcase its talent.

The choir had performed for US President Barack Obama when he visited India, and has also performed with Vienna Chamber Orchestra and the Fitz William Quartet.

The group has won three World Choir Games awards, till date. It had also performed at the opening of Kaun Banega Crorepati 6, along with Amitabh Bachchan and had impressed the superstar.

The choir members paid tribute to music maestro Bhupen Hazarika by singing Paul Robeson’s We are in the same boat brother, which was his favourite.

The rendition of Queen’s We will rock you and Sa re jahan se achha, were also instant hits with the audience.

As they sang We will rock you, dancers performed the cheraw dance, popularly known as the bamboo dance of Mizoram, perfectly choreographed to the tunes.

Apart from the cheraw dancers, hundreds of school students also danced to the tunes of the choir group, which was choreographed by Pankaj Ingti.

Finally, they concluded their programme in style with the national anthem.

Breathtaking stunts performed by Daredevil riders of Assam police known as “Panthers on Wheels” were also greeted with a huge cheer.

Their show on motorcycles increased the adrenaline flow of the spectators, who couldn’t stop themselves from cheering with enthusiasm.

People craned their necks to see a Daredevil performing a stunt standing on a running motorcycle.

The Assam women police commando team Veerangana also performed a silent drill at the ceremony.

A performance by Assamese singer Joi Barua and dances by different ethnic communities of the state also entertained the audience.

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