Manasvi leads the bollywood extravaganza at Donald Trump’s pre inauguration welcome celebrations
After heavily campaigning for Trump during the 2016 US Presidential Elections and catalyzing Hindu & Indian Americans to lend their unwavering support to newly elected President of the United States, Manasvi marked a truly historic moment and made India proud by headlining the biggest performance at Trump’s pre-inaugural Welcome Celebrations, held at Lincoln Memorial on Jan 19. This was the first time that Bollywood & Indian culture was represented at a US Presidential Inauguration.
Manasvi and her troupe danced to the tunes of some popular Bollywood chartbusters including the Oscar-winning “Jai Ho” of A.R Rahman, “Kala Chashma”, “Dhoom Machale” and “Jumme ki Raat”. The live performance dazzled the crowd of more than 800,000 people with a live telecast to over 2 billion viewers. Dignitaries like Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and many prominent industrialists from India graced the occasion with their presence at the ceremony. Even Bollywood singing sensation Mika Singh enthralled the stage with a guest appearance performing on his famous Bollywood tracks.
Manasvi and her soul father Shalabh Kumar ended the event with Shalabh Kumar’s appearance on the stage and waving at the audience. The performance created an ambience of joy blended with the touch of Indian culture and tradition.
Manasvi was deeply humbled to take an opportunity of a lifetime where she could perform to welcome the US President. She said “I’ve never been so nervous performing live; we’ve been rehearsing for the last 15 days. This event is a culmination of all the efforts we’d taken for the presidential campaign. We’d earlier put together ‘Humanity United Against Terror’, a Bollywood charity event that Trump addressed. This is our way of saying ‘Thank You’ to the Indian community. Several industrialists, dignitaries and celebrities, including Mika Singh, are attending the event as guests. In fact, this is the first time that a Bollywood performance is part of the US Presidential inauguration.”
The Indian supermodel was a prominent part of the ceremonies and one of the highest guests of honour. Talking about her attendance at all 11 inauguration events including the VVIP exclusive candlelight dinner, she further added, “We were part of the inauguration of the Vice President, and I will also be attending the swearing-in ceremony of the President (which will take place at 5 pm GMT). I’m happy that we are not just spectators, but an integral part of the administration and ceremonies.”
While over thousands of organizations applied to be part of the celebration, only an approximate 30 were finally selected – one of which was the Republican Hindu Coalition (RHC) an American organization dedicated to provide a single unified platform for 4.2 million Hindu Americans to have a respected voice on the policy tables in US, India and all over the world, and strengthen relationship between USA and India.
Manasvi’s father Mr. Shalabh Kumar, Chairman of AVG Group of companies is the chairman of the RHC and the two together campaigned for Trump in the USA and even launched the ‘Ab ki baar Trump Sarkaar’ campaign, reaching out to Hindu and Indian Americans, causing a major shift in this demographic to vote for Republicans.
The event was held with the aim of catalyzing and bettering relationships between India and the USA. Top Trump campaign officials have acknowledged the contribution of RHC and Manasvi towards this win that have sent shock waves throughout the world. Manasvi is RHC India Ambassador.
During the inaugural events, Manasvi was dressed in a heady mix of haute couture gowns by Ken Ferns and Gauri Nainika and contemporary Indian pieces by Manav Gangwani and Tarun Tahiliani, styled by Swapnil Shinde.
Countries like India and America surely have a long way to go with eminent personalities like Shalabh Kumar and Manasvi who are contributing immensely to amalgamate Indo-US relationship for the prosperity of both the countries.