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90-year-old Queen Elizabeth II imitates Indian dance mudras

PTI
Published : Mar 1, 2017, 12:58 pm IST
Updated : Mar 1, 2017, 1:00 pm IST

The monarch danced with celebrated dancer and choreographer Arunima Kumar at Buckingham Palace

The Queen had hosted a special reception on Monday to mark the launch of UK-India Year of Culture 2017 where she tried the mudras. (Photo: AFP)
 The Queen had hosted a special reception on Monday to mark the launch of UK-India Year of Culture 2017 where she tried the mudras. (Photo: AFP)

London: Elizabeth II had an impromptu lesson in Indian dance mudras when the 90-year-old monarch met celebrated dancer and choreographer Arunima Kumar at Buckingham Palace.

The Queen had hosted a special reception on Monday to mark the launch of UK-India Year of Culture 2017, where Kumar had choreographed a unique dance sequence titled ‘Ekam’.“I met the Queen and she literally made the mudras with me. She asked me how I do all those moves because they are quite complex. And, I showed her some hand gestures and she copied me,” Kumar said.

The reception brought together high profile guests from various fields across India and the UK. Finance minister Arun Jaitley attended. “This only re-emphasises the importance which is attached to the Indo-UK relationship,” he said.Mr Jaitley was joined by Indian celebrities like sports star Kapil Dev, actors Kamal Hassan and Suresh Gopi, fashion designers Manish Arora and Manish Malhotra.

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