New Delhi: In a heartwarming moment captured on video, American singer Mary Millben touched the feet of Prime Minister Narendra Modi after delivering a soul-stirring rendition of India’s national anthem, Jana Gana Mana. The viral video surfaced as PM Modi concluded his momentous three-day state visit to the United States, leaving a lasting impression on the international stage. Millben’s act of reverence, deeply rooted in Indian culture, garnered widespread praise for both the artist and the Prime Minister.
The significance of touching feet as a gesture of seeking blessings resonated with observers, who commended Millben for embracing and showcasing this aspect of Indian traditions globally.
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma took to Twitter, acknowledging the remarkable beauty of Indian culture and its ability to transcend boundaries effortlessly. He wrote, “Indian culture possesses a remarkable beauty, as its values transcend boundaries effortlessly. Through the humble act of touching the feet of Hon PM Shri @narendramodi Ji, @MaryMillbenhas exemplified profound respect for our ancient values. It truly represents the idea of ‘One Earth, One Family, One Future.”
#WATCH | Award-winning international singer @MaryMillben performs the Indian National Anthem at the Ronald Reagan Building in #WashingtonDC #HistoricStateVisit2023 #ModiInUSA #IndiaUSAPartnership pic.twitter.com/pIsXoJlodx
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Mary Millben, visibly moved by the experience, shared her sentiments after the performance saying, “I am so honored to be here. The PM is such a wonderful and kind man. It was an honor to be a part of his State visit this week. I loved hearing the crowd sing the National Anthem. You could hear the passion in all of their voices. True honor to be here tonight.”
Taking to Twitter, Mary further expressed her honor and appreciation for the privilege of singing for Prime Minister Modi. She tweeted, “A night I will treasure forever…India and Indian communities across the world, I love you! God bless the #USIndia alliance.”
The video of Mary Millben’s touching gesture has resonated with people worldwide, illustrating the power of cultural exchanges and the ability to bridge boundaries through acts of respect and understanding.