With Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the United States fast approaching, the excitement of the Indian American community in Silicon Valley in California is ratcheting up.
Modi is scheduled to speak to the local community at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., Sept. 27, addressing initiatives of his that, if executed, could transform India into an economic super power.
Prior to addressing the community, Modi’s visit will be kicked off with a dance performance by the Nrityodaya Kathak Academy of Los Angeles.
“Prime Minister Modi's leadership extends beyond just economic initiatives; it strives to revive and build upon our rich cultural heritage,” Academy founder Bhairavi Kumar said in a statement. “It's a true honor, and we look forward to an exciting event."
The Mona Khan Dance Company, which has performed at events in honor of President Barack Obama, will follow with a dance performance of their own, in honor of the prime minister’s visit.
Meanwhile, a coalition of more than 150 American academicians of varying disciplines from reputable universities throughout the U.S. extended a welcome to the prime minister, according to a press release from the Indo American Community of West Coast, USA, organizers of the SAP event.
“We welcome … Prime Minister Modi’s support for the ‘Digital India’ initiative that heralds a new age of participatory democracy and enhances transparency in governance in India,” the statement read.
The statement went on to say, “We recognize the indigenous talents of Indian scientists to develop the infrastructure to effectuate ‘Digital India’ and other initiatives predicated on technological advancements, even as we express our hope that Prime Minister Modi will seek partnership with American academic and business leaders with the expertise and experience to ensure that ‘Digital India’ realizes its potential without imperiling India’s privacy laws and individual liberties.”
Doors at the SAP Center are scheduled to open at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 27, with Modi expected to speak at 5:30 p.m.