Bollywood enters White House with Michelle Obama’s Diwali Dhamaka

Bollywood enters White House with Michelle Obama’s Diwali Dhamaka


Three years after she mesmerised Indians with her rhythmic dance in Mumbai,Bollywood dance made its official White House debut when US First Lady Michelle Obama danced to the tunes of peppy Hindi tracks in the East Room along with Indian American children. (AP)


Wearing a glamorous skirt especially made for the occasion by India-born designer Naeem Khan,Michelle Obama gave a few poses from the dance number. (AP)


Michelle Obama,who led the Diwali celebrations at the White House for the first time,lit the 'diyas' amidst chanting of Vedic mantras. In 2009,President Barack Obama attended the Diwali celebrations for the first time at the White House. (AP)


"This holiday is celebrated by members of some of the world's oldest religions not just here in America but across the globe. Diwali is a time for celebration... As Barack and I learned during our visit to India,it's a time to come together with friends and family,often with dancing and good food," she said. (AP)


Michelle Obama was garlanded by Mythili Bachu,the Chair for the Council of Hindu Temples of North America,amidst applause from a select Indian-American audience. (AP)


"We had a wonderful time. It was the first time that we did Bollywood in the State Room here at the White House," she said amidst applause from the audience,which comprised of the who's who of the Indian-American Community members and those in the Obama Administration. (AP)


Obama has the distinction of appointing the largest number of Indian-Americans in any presidential administrations yet. "Of course,as you all know,I think I can dance," she said in an apparent reference to her dance in Mumbai three years ago when she celebrated Diwali. (AP)


"But not as good as they can dance," she said,referring to the expert dance by members of the Gold Spot Band,the New York-based popular Indian-American band. (AP)