Indian-Americans perform outside the White House ahead of the arrival of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, in Washington DC on Friday, September 24, 2021. (ANI Photo)
THE Indian-American community in the US feels ecstatic whenever prime minister Narendra Modi makes an official visit to that country. He is currently touring the US for the seventh time and this time, too, there has been no dearth in excitement among the local Indians irrespective of the coronavirus pandemic.
On Friday (24), as the White House geared up for the first-ever in-person meeting between Modi and president Joe Biden since the latter took charge in January followed by the Quad summit also involving the prime ministers of Australia and Japan, women supporters of the Indian prime minister were seen outside the White House, getting ready to welcome their favourite leader by presenting classical Indian dance.
Garba staged to welcome Modi at White House in 2014
This is not the first time that Indian-American admirers of Modi have presented a dance to welcome Modi’s visit to the White House. In September 2014, when the Indian prime minister made his first visit to the White House after taking over, enthusiasts staged Garba, a popular dance form from Modi’s home state Gujarat. They also chanted ‘Jai Mata Di’ to welcome the Indian prime minister who was undergoing a fast at that time owing to the Navratri festival. It was also the first time that Garba was held in front of the White House, the seat of US power.