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Modi plays drums and cymbals

By Raju Das

MAWPHLANG, May 28 - It might not be music to the ears of his political opponents, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi did manage to get some rhythm on the drums and cymbals at Mawphlang yesterday.

Taking time off from his busy schedule, Modi played traditional musical instruments from Meghalaya. He tried his hands on the Khasi drum known as Ksiang and Nakra Bom at the Mawphlang Heritage Village, about 25 kms from here.

Not satisfied with just the drum, he tried his hands at the hand-held cymbals much to the amusement of the traditional dancers, while local musicians played the drums.

Visibly impressed with the colourful dance and attire of the troupe, Modi then clicked pictures of them. He later happily chatted with the locals sipping a hot cup of tea to beat the chilly weather in the area, which is home to the famous sacred groves.

The Prime Minister was also shown around the village where the artists showcased local artifacts and traditional methods of tool-making. He also took a keen interest in the locks made by local locksmiths.

Modi was accompanied by Governor V Shanmuganathan, Chief Minister Mukul Sangma and Union DoNER Minister Jitendra Singh.

Earlier in the morning, the Prime Minister went to Mattilang Amusement Park in Upper Shillong and visited the Elephant Falls. He took some pictures of himself with the falls as the backdrop.

Modi who stayed overnight here at the Raj Bhavan witnessed a cultural show at the State Convention Centre on Friday evening. The Shillong Chamber Choir performed before the PM and other dignitaries. The North East Zone Cultural Centre presented �Colours of NE,� a dance show of the eight NE States.

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