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PM Modi applauds WHO chief ‘Tulsi Bhai’s’ Dandiya moves, calls him Navratri-ready | India News

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, affectionately known as “Tulsi Bhai”.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s friendship with WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, affectionately known as “Tulsi Bhai,” took a rhythmic turn as the esteemed guest shook a leg to the vibrant tunes of Gujarati folk music. Tedros arrived in India to attend the two-day Traditional Medicine Global Summit. The infectious dance moves captured in a video shared by the Ministry of Ayush added a delightful twist to the global summit buzz.

In a video clip that is now circulating the internet, the jovial Tedros, sporting a traditional Gujarati turban, can be seen wholeheartedly participating in Dandiya, a folk dance synonymous with the festive fervour of Gujarat. His enthusiasm was infectious, as he swayed in sync with the spirited folk dancers. The small impromptu dance party soon saw other delegates joining in, a celebration of cultural camaraderie.

Prime Minister Modi, who had bestowed the moniker “Tulsi Bhai” upon Tedros last year, couldn’t resist a playful tweet in response to the dance spectacle. “My good friend Tulsi Bhai is clearly well prepared for Navratri! Welcome to India, Dr Tedros,” he wrote on ‘X’. 

My good friend Tulsi Bhai is clearly well prepared for Navratri! Welcome to India, @DrTedros! https://t.co/NSOSe32ElW

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 16, 2023

The Ministry of Ayush that shared the dance video, highlighted the traditional welcome extended to the dignitaries. “We begin the celebrations with an unforgettable welcome to our distinguished guests in true Indian tradition with music and dance! Watch them dance to the vibrant beats of Gujarati folk music and immerse themselves in the warmth of Indian hospitality,” the Ministry tweeted.

Global Summit on Traditional Medicine

The Traditional Medicine Global Summit, set to take place on August 17-18, 2023, is a landmark event co-hosted by the WHO and the Ministry of Ayush. The unique summit aims to harness India’s vast experience and expertise in traditional health practices. The event promises to be a convergence of experts and practitioners, fostering discussions on the latest scientific advancements and evidence-based knowledge in the field of traditional medicine.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will inaugurate the summit in the presence of Minister of Health  Mansukh Mandaviya and Minister of Ayush Sarbananda Sonowal. Eminent personalities, including G20 health ministers, WHO Regional Directors, and invitees from across the world, are expected to grace the event. Scientists, traditional medicine practitioners, health workers, and members of civil society organizations will come together to explore ways to ensure health and well-being for all through the integration of traditional practices and modern healthcare.

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