During his Mann Ki Baat address on Sunday, February 22, 2022, Narendra Modi praised Tanzanian social media influencers Kili and Neema for lip-syncing Indian songs.
While addressing the 86th episode of Mann Ki Baat, the Prime Minister said, “Friends, talking about Indian culture and our heritage, I wish to introduce you to two people today.”. Two Tanzanian siblings, Kili Paul, his sister Nima, are in the news a lot on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and I’m sure you too, must have heard about them.”
He also mentioned that the Kili Paul has been honoured at the Indian Embassy in Tanzania.
“They have a passion, a craze for Indian music and for this reason they are also very popular. Their technique of Lip Sync shows how hard they work at it. Recently, a video of him singing our National Anthem Jana Gana Mana on the occasion of Republic Day went viral. A few days ago, he also paid a soulful tribute to Lata didi by presenting her song. I appreciate these two siblings Kili and Nima very much for their wonderful creativity. A few days ago, he has also been honoured at the Indian Embassy in Tanzania,” he said.
“The magic of Indian music is such that it fascinates everyone. I recall, a few years ago, singers musicians from more than one hundred and fifty countries of the world, in their respective countries, in their respective costumes, made a successful presentation of Vaishnav Jan, the beloved bhajan of revered Bapu, the favourite composition of Mahatma Gandhi,” he said.
In addition, PM Modi paid tribute to legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar who passed away recently.
Additionally, Prime Minister Modi stated that today, when India celebrates the 75th anniversary of its Independence, it might be possible to organize similar initiatives about patriotic songs, whereby foreign nationals and prominent singers from abroad are invited to sing Indian patriotic songs.
“Not only this, if Kili and Neema in Tanzania can lip-sync the songs of India in this manner, aren’t there many types of songs in my country…. many languages of our country …can’t any Gujarat’s children do that with Tamil songs…. some children of Kerala could do that with Assamese songs… some Kannada children could that with songs of Jammu and Kashmir!,” he said.
“We can create such an environment in which we will be able to experience Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat. Not only this, we can celebrate Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav in a novel way. I urge the youth of the country to make videos of the popular songs of Indian languages in their way. You will become very popular. And the diversity of the country will be introduced to the new generation,” he said.