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Michelle Dances To Rang De Basanti

US First Lady Michelle Obama played hopscotch, danced and sang with 33 disadvantaged children from the Indian charity Make a Difference on Saturday at the University of Mumbai.Almost immediately after arriving at the university's library,

PTI [ Updated: November 08, 2010 12:21 IST ]
michelle dances to rang de basanti
michelle dances to rang de basanti

US First Lady Michelle Obama played hopscotch, danced and sang with 33 disadvantaged children from the Indian charity Make a Difference on Saturday at the University of Mumbai.





Almost immediately after arriving at the university's library, she kicked off her flats and joined in a game of vocabulary-building hopscotch with the 8- to 13-year-old orphans and runaways who receive English-language instruction from Make a Difference volunteers, reports Daily Mail.



'I love dancing. Oh that was fun!' Michelle Obama said after they danced to the theme song from the Bollywood movie 'Rang de Basanti.'

The girls wore salwar kameez - traditional long shirts and baggy trousers - and glittering dupatta scarves. Michelle Obama, dressed in an olive blouse and delicate flowered skirt, also joined a drum and tambourine circle with the children. She banged on a tambourine while the kids pounded on drums.



After dancing, she spoke to the children about the importance of an education.

'I didn't grow up with a lot of money,' Michelle Obama said. 'I never even imagined being the first lady of the United States. But because I had an education, when the time came to do this, I was ready.'



The kids fell silent after one girl asked a question, so Michelle urged another round of dancing.


'Let's dance some more! One more dance!' she said. She was quickly surrounded by a bouncing circle of girls throwing their arms in the air. The boys nearby jumped up and down.




Before leaving, the first lady sent each child home with a tote bag stuffed with educational materials - notebooks, pencils and pen - and White House M&Ms.

Jithin Nedumala, 23, who forsook an MBA to help found Make a Difference in 2006, said he hoped Michelle Obama's visit would inspire the children he works with.

'We are here to tell the children to dream big,' he said. 'They're in orphanages and street shelters where they don't have their parents to push them. Not many people believe in these kids.'



If Michelle Obama goes shopping in New Delhi's upscale Santushti shopping center, she may be surprised to see her face jumping out at her from a home linen store.

'Michelle Obama pillows,' are the latest offering from a boutique at the shopping complex, which is hoping to lure the first lady during her visit to the Indian capital.

'I saw an opportunity here. These are conversation pillows meant to start conversations,' Arpita Kalra, the New Delhi-based designer behind the square-shaped pillows, told The Indian Express.

The pillows have been reconstructed from the popular Mighty Michelle Shopper bag, which is on sale at the online shop Blue Q. The pillow shows Michelle Obama in a sleeveless red dress and pearls sitting on a swing and surrounded by smaller images of the White House.

Kalra said she made the pillows because she considers the first lady an 'inspirational icon,' and, of course, is hoping to lure her into the store to present her with a set.
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