President Barack Obama may not have heard much Indian music, but the world’s most powerful man will soon be serenaded with some of Bollywood’s most iconic songs. The Shillong Chamber Choir, which is performing live for the Obamas at the state banquet on Monday at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, has prepared an arrangement of Sholay’s hit song Yeh Dosti.
They will also perform a medley of songs such as Kabhi Aar, Kabhi Paar, Tu Hai Wahi, and Chura Liya Hai. “We chose Yeh Dosti because it has a message of friendship,” says Damon Lyndem, a choir member.
They were approached by the Ministry of External Affairs before they won the reality show India’s Got Talent. “We are wearing fusion outfits, our director is wearing a sherwani and the boys are wearing suits with ties. The women are wearing our traditional two piece dress, dhara,” he says.