Washington, August 6
African-American singer Mary Milben, known for her moving rendition of ‘Om jai jagadish hare’ and ‘Jana gana mana’, is traveling to India to attend celebrations related to the country’s 75th anniversary of independence.
“Following in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his 1959 pilgrimage to India, I am honored to represent the United States as the Cultural Ambassador for India’s 75th Independence Anniversary Celebration,” Millben said in a statement before her. trip at the invitation of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).
Millben is the first American artist to be invited to India by the ICCR for Independence Day celebrations. She will be an official guest representing the United States, according to the statement.
“I am thrilled to finally experience this precious homeland, to celebrate my meaningful relationship with India and Indian communities around the world, and to highlight the important democratic alliance between the United States and India at this important celebration. of Indian independence,” said Millben.
“As I prepare for my first trip to India, the feelings in my heart echo the words of Dr. King, ‘To other countries I may go as a tourist, but to India I come as a pilgrim’,” said said Millben.
Accompanied by Priya Samant, co-founder/CEO of global company NFT Abris.io and strategic advisor on US-India relations, Millben will also perform in India for the first time, making an appearance at the Indiaspora Global Forum to celebrate the 75th anniversary. of the Independence of the country and 10th year of Indiaspora.
Invited by Indiaspora founder, MR Rangaswami, Millben will open the forum by singing the Indian national anthem, then perform jointly with international piano prodigy Lydian Nadhaswaram on the evening of August 10.
Nadhaswaram is a young musician from Chennai, Tamil Nadu who won ‘The World’s Best’ on CBS and won a million dollar prize.