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Imchatsung Imchen is a visionary artist/entrepreneur who seeks inspiration in music, fashion and design to express his distinctive art of storytelling.
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thuvopisu

“Where is he?” the mother screamed. Her son went missing this early morning. Biné had taken the opportunity to sneak out of the house while his mother was humming tunes and weaving a blue woven shawl on her backstrap loom. He ran as fast as he could all alone and cleverly started catching fish from the wet paddy fields. He saw the green rice sprouts had grown taller from the last time they planted, the morning sun gleamed the still waters and highlighted the snails like beads floating along his path. His only company was the spring song that his late grandmother taught him. He was just seven years old and the boy from Thuvopisu village.” – Imchatsung Imchen, Thuvopisu [Story build on a narrative by Mercy Tetseo]

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Maternal Aunt: Azu Kiivethilii

Thuvopisu is a prominent village of the Chakhesang Tribe in Nagaland. It falls under Phek District, located about 80 kms from Kohima. I recently got an opportunity to travel with the Tetseo family who belong to this mystical village. The village holds prominence for its ideal location and served as a strategic route for the Japanese during the Second World War. Also known for its organic garlic farming and exports, every household of the village (and about six surrounding villages) obtains drinking water supply from the magical Dzüdü Lake.

 

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The Chakhesang tribe of Nagaland are known for their musical expertise and the Tetseo family are a testament to that. The family consist of the parents, four sisters (Mercy, Azi, Lulu & Kuku) and a brother (Mhaseve). The four sisters are collectively known as the Tetseo Sisters and the brother Mhaseve is an exceptional independent musician and sound engineer.

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Mhaseve Tetseo

Letters from Thuvopisu is a photo essay tribute inspired by a track ‘cepho celho’ from the first album of the Tetseo Sisters. The song narrates the reminiscence of youth and the seasons of change. The lyrics of the song are included in the images, which were captured during the shooting of an experimental ‘cepho celho’ video releasing very soon. All the woven pieces worn by the siblings in these photos were made by the mother of the family.  

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Mother
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Maternal Aunts: Azu Kiivethilii and Azu Kiidupralii
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Letter to Azi
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Lulu

 

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Mercy
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Kuku
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Mercy, Kuku, Lulu
You can find info on Thuvopisu, the Tetseo Sisters, their music and stories on this link
 
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The Beaded Dress: Esther Jamir

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One of the first posts on blogger [now removed], when I started as a student in July 2005  was about Esther Jamir [Model & Entreprenuer]. It is not to say that my fascination obsession for her started way before, back in the days when one of the boys in our college at Kohima had photos of her from school [either stolen or bought from a photo studio]. 

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Finally got the opportunity to work with her on a short film, which I plan to exhibit as a series. We already shot some scenes last December. It’s an absolute joy to be sharing these pictures that were photographed during the process of filming.
Special mention to Shradha Jain for assisting me in the process of hand-beading this dress. Shout out to Aneeth Arora, Gunjan Ahlawat, Hommiza Mimila Raman & Shishir Jha for the support. More updates soon.

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The beaded dress featuring Esther Jamir can be seen on my new website.

 

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spring’s refrain: a song for péro

spring’s refrain: a song for péro


one summer’s noon,
three sisters from far far east 
made a visit to the forbidden garden

plants they brightened
made them blue with their songs.

one summer’s noon,
three sisters painted a memory
made a mountain of the building
 
clothes they wore with ease
my favourite summer’s best from péro.



spring-summer 2013 péro by aneeth arora with the tetseo sisters

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