Boris Varatzkhelia and Fattah Kriner at the Hen House in Fairway.
Fattah Kriner dances and sings as part of Shining Heart Community, a local Sufi group. Boris Varatzkhelia was an engineer in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia, and works at the Hen House to keep busy in his retirement.
Kansas City, MO – Normally, the Hen House Grocery Store in Fairway, Kansas has classical music playing on the sound system. But if you're lucky you just might walk in one morning to a live performance of Georgian folksongs by two of the store's employees, Boris Varatzkhelia and Fattah Kriner, the bread baker. When Linda Sher visited the two friends, Varatzkhelia was handing Kriner several bits of white paper with two new songs, the lyrics in Russian but spelled out phonetically.