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Obamas celebrate Diwali Bollywood-style

"When we say that we want to make the White House the 'people's house,' we mean all people," Michelle Obama said.

US First Lady Michelle Obama joins students for a Bollywood Dance Clinic in the State Dining Room of the White House. Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy
US First Lady Michelle Obama joins students for a Bollywood Dance Clinic in the State Dining Room of the White House. Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy

Michelle Obama lit a “diya” (lamp) in the East Room to start the 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 Barack took office. And there’s a reason why we’ve done that,” she said at the event, welcoming guests including members of the Indian community and Indian-American officials on Tuesday. “It was the first time that we did Bollywood in the State Room here at the White House,” said Obama. – IANS