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Shillong choir tuning up for Obama’s welcome

New Delhi, Nov 7 (IANS) Set to perform at US President Barack Obama’s reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan Monday, the Shillong Chamber Choir, which grabbed the gold at the World Choir Olympics and won an Indian reality show, is busy practicing its notes for the big evening.

The 16-member troupe arrived in Delhi Saturday.

‘It’s exciting to be performing for one of the most influential men in the world. We are practicing the tunes, we are performing in Hindi, English and Khasi,’ Damon Lyndem, bass singer of the choir, said Sunday.

The group, which came to the limelight after winning Color’s realty show ‘India’s Got Talent-Khoj 2’, will be performing four songs, including the famous Hindi song ‘Ye dosti hum nahi todenge’ from the film ‘Sholay’, an English number and a Khasi Operatic composition.

According to the troupe members, they were approached for the performance by the external affairs ministry much before the final results for the talent show were announced.

Their performance will be one of the three acts planned for Obama’s welcome. Obama is on a four-day visit to India Nov 6-9.

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