IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva attempts to dance as folk song dancers from the Indian state of Odisha perform to welcome her at the Delhi airport ahead of the two-day G20 summit in New Delhi starting September 9, 2023. (Picture: X screengrab/@dgpradhanbjp)
AS dignitaries from across the world started reaching New Delhi for the G20 leaders’ summit scheduled for September 9 and 10, some of them were found to be enjoying the culture of the host nation.
Kristalina Georgieva, managing director and chairman of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), was one such leader.
After arriving in the Indian capital on Thursday (7) to attend the summit, Georgieva was given a warm welcome at the airport with a cultural dance programme.
As the artistes presented a traditional folk dance on a Sambalpuri song from the eastern Indian state of Odisha to welcome the IMF chief, she not only appreciated the performance but also tried to emulate a few dance steps as well.
Indian education minister Dharmendra Pradhan shared a video on X, formerly Twitter, showing the 70-year-old Bulgarian shaking a leg as the dancers on the stage performed. She also looked very engrossed in the dance programme that she apparently didn’t notice the accompanying officials trying to escort her on the way out of the airport.
Before leaving, she also greeted the dancers backed with an Indian ‘namaste’.
“Difficult to resist #Sambalpuri beats. MD International Monetary Fund Ms. @KGeorgieva arrives in India for #G20 summit to a #Sambalpuri song and dance welcome . #OdiaPride,” Pradhan, who hails from Odisha, wrote in the caption.
The video received a wide response on X as netizens lauded the dance performance and appreciated the way Georgieva enjoyed the moments. It garnered nearly 48,000 views at the time of writing this report.
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