US First Lady Michelle Obama lit a ‘diya’ (lamp) in the East room to start White House Diwali celebrations after trying out some Bollywood dance moves with some local students in the State Dining Room.
“We’ve celebrated this holiday here at the White House every year since (President) Barack (Obama) took office. And there’s a reason why we’ve done that,” she said welcoming guests including members of the Indian community and Indian-American officials Tuesday.
“We got to practice a little Bollywood this afternoon,” Michelle Obama said . “And, of course, as you all know, I think I can dance” she proudly informing her guests amid laughter. “But not as good as they can dance. But we had a wonderful time.”
“It was the first time that we did Bollywood in the State Room here at the White House,” said the First Lady who had joined a dance number during Diwali celebrations in Mumbai during Obamas’ India visit in November 2010.
Joining the celebrations was her dance teacher Nakul (Dev Mahajan ) in “his jeans and t-shirt now” “from one of my favourite shows on the planet – ‘So You Think You Can Dance.’
Also present was India-born fashion designer Naeem Khan who had designed her dress her for the occasion