Modi: After performing for 4 American presidents, Millben sings for PM Modi | India News

At the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington DC where PM Narendra Modi was felicitated by the Indian community in America, one person stood out in the auditorium full of people united by their links with India.
Thirty eight-year-old African-American singer Mary Millben not only led the audience in singing the Indian national anthem, but also in a special gesture not common to her part of the world, touched PM Modi’s feet and sought his blessings before singing the ‘Jana Gana Mana’. This certainly wasn’t Millben’s first brush with Indian culture. Some months ago, the American actor-singer had endeared herself to an Indian audience by singing the popular ‘aarti’ song – ‘Om Jai Jagdish Hare’ – with immaculate ease and precision.
And she did it again at the concluding event of Modi’s state visit to the US, this time wowing the audience with her rendering of the national anthem.
“A night I will treasure forever. Thank you Prime Minister @narendramodi for your kindness and warmth. An honour to sing for you. Thank you @DDNewslive for airing. India and Indian communities across the world, I love you! God bless the #USIndia alliance,” Millben said later on Twitter.
A White House appointee, Millben has also performed the American national anthem and patriotic music for four consecutive US presidents, including Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Barack Obama and George W Bush.
Hours before taking the stage to perform before Modi, Milliben said in a statement that she was “deeply honoured” to sing the Indian national anthem for Prime Minister Modi and “in honour of the country and people I have come to call my family”.
“Both the American and Indian anthems speak to the ideals of faith, freedom and democracy, and this is the true essence of the US-India relationship. A free nation is only defined by a free people. PM Modi’s powerful spiritual aura and rootedness in Indian values and culture have been greatly respected around the world,” she said.

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