New Delhi: On Tuesday, Melania Trump arrived at a government school in south Delhi to attend a session of the ‘Happiness class’. As she stepped into Sarvodaya Co-Education Senior Secondary School premises, she received a warm welcome as she was greeted by young students, who garlanded her and also applied ‘teeka’ on her forehead.Also Read - 'Great Day For Teachers, Students & Delhiites', Tweets Kejriwal Ahead Of Melania Trump's SchoolVisit
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To welcome the US First Lady, the school was decked up with floral garlands and motifs and floral rangolis were also drawn at multiple places in the campus. The children too were dressed in bright-coloured sarees and traditional attire like ‘ghagra-choli’ to welcome her.
The first classroom she visited was decorated with paintings and the board read – “Welcome First Lady Melania Trump into the treasure of books.”
Dressed in a white dress with multi-coloured prints, Melania then enthusiastically interacted with teachers and children and witnessed various activities conducted as part of the “Happiness Curriculum”.
Later, she was also treated to a dance performance on a folk song, during which a Sikh student couldn’t control his excitement and showed off his perfect ‘Bhangra’ steps, much to the amusement of everyone.
She also attended a cultural programme at the school with children dancing to Bollywood music to entertain their guest from America.
Watch the Bhangra performance:
Students also gifted Madhubani paintings made by them to the First Lady.
After spending over an hour at the school, Melania expressed gratitude to Indians for being kind and welcoming. She said, ”Namaste! It’s a beautiful school. Thank you for welcoming me with a traditional dance performance. This is my first visit to India, people here are so welcoming and so kind”.
‘In the US, I work with children like you to promote similar ideas of well-being through my ‘BE BEST’ initiative. 3 pillars of ‘BE BEST’ include dangers of drug abuse, the importance of online safety & overall well-being of children”, Melania further said.
Ahead of her arrival, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal welcomed her and said, “@FLOTUS will attend happiness class in our school today. Great day for our teachers, students and Delhiites. For centuries, India has taught spirituality to the world. Am happy that she will take back the msg of happiness from our school,” Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted.
Delhi CM Kejriwal and Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, who were scheduled to welcome the FLOTUS earlier, were later dropped from the list of invitees.
The ‘Happiness Class’ was started by the Aam Aadmi Party in 2018. As part of the programme, students are taught various activities, including meditation, street plays, basic obedience and aims to reduce anxiety and stress levels among children.
Meanwhile, her husband, US President Donald Trump held talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House in the capital.
(With Agency Inputs)