Celebrities, spiritual leaders, politicians join PM Modi for star-studded yoga event in US | India News

NEW DELHI: From Hollywood actors and singers to politicians and Yoga gurus, prominent personalities from different walks of life joined PM Modi on Wednesday as he led the mega Yoga Day celebrations outside the UN headquarters in New York.
Among the people who attended the event were Hollywood actor Richard Gere, Iyengar yoga exponent Deidra Demens, New York City mayor Eric Adams, and prominent American singer Mary Millben.
Csaba Korosi, a Hungarian diplomat currently serving as the President of the 77th UN General Assembly, and Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary General of the UN and Chair of the UN Sustainable Development Group, also attended the event.Actor Gere, who attended the event, is also an advocate for human rights in Tibet and a co-founder of the Tibet House, US, and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the International Campaign for Tibet.
Also performing breathing exercises at the event were Vala Afshar, Chief Digital Evangelist at Salesforce; Jay Shetty, award-winning storyteller, podcaster, and former monk; Vikas Khanna, Indian chef and restaurateur; Mike Hayes, Chief Operating Officer of VM Ware, a cloud computing major; and Britt Kelly Slabinski, a highly decorated US Navy SEAL officer who has served in Afghanistan and Iraq and is a currently a consultant at LeadWright Enterprise.
Francisco D’Souza, founder & CEO, Recognize, a private equity; celebrated yoga instructors Colleen Saidman Yee, Rodney Yee, Deidra Demens, and Victoria Gibbs were also present on the lawns of the UN headquarters.
Christopher Tompkins, a scholar of South and Southeast Asian Studies at Berkeley University, California; Jahnavi Harrison, a British musician known for her mantra meditation music (kirtan); Kenneth Lee, community health chaplain at University Hospital, Newark; Travis Mills, a war veteran who lost all four limbs in Afghanistan and promotes yoga, meditation also performed yoga with Modi.
Jeffrey D Long, Professor of religion and Asian studies at Elizabethtown College, Pennsylvania; Seema Mody, a global markets reporter for CNBC; Zain Asher, prime time news anchor at CNN; Ricky Kej, three-times Grammy Award-winning music composer and environmentalist and American singers Falguni Shah and Millben also attended the yoga session.
PM Modi, on an official state visit to the US at the invitation of President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden, led a yoga session in New York to celebrate the 9th International Day of Yoga.
(With inputs from agencies)

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