Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a rather eventful day out in Mongolia. Amid his packed schedule he made time to play a fiddle, try his hand at archery and of course click a selfie. :)
Aiming for the sweet spot. PM tries his hand at archery at the mini Naadam Festival, tweets MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup. Photograph: @MEA/Twitter
"Striking a new chord in the relationship with Mongolia. @narendramodi tries 2 understand intricacies of morin khuur," External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted. Swarup also posted a picture and video of the prime minister holding the wooden-framed trapezoid and trying his hand at creating music from the traditional Mongolian bowed stringed instrument.
The 'morin khuur', also known as horsehead fiddle, is one of the most important musical instruments of the Mongol people, and is considered a symbol of the Mongolian nation. Photograph: PIB
And some more music....Dressed in traditional Mongolian attire and sporting a hat, the PM plays Yoochin. Photograph: PIB
A special gift for a special visitor, tweets Swarup. Mongolian Premier Saikhanbileg a race horse to Modi.
The Naadam festival is also locally termed "eriin gurvan naadam" (the three games of men). The games are Mongolian wrestling, horse racing and archery and are held throughout the country during midsummer. Photograph: @MEA/Twitter
What's a diplomatic visit without a selfie? Modi and Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj say cheese as the PM takes a selfie. Photograph: PIB
You are definitely popular with kids, Mr PM. After charming kids with selfies, in Mongolia this child could not be more happy to pose for picture with Modi during the ceremonial welcome at the State Palace. Photograph: PIB
Modi shakes hand with a student at Atal Bihari Vajpeyee Information and Communication Technology Training Centre, in Ulan Bator, Mongolia. He laid the foundation stone of IT Centre at the Mongolian University of Science and Technology on Sunday. Photograph: PIB
Modi handed over a Bodhi tree sapling at the Gandan Tegchilen monastery, saying it was a token of friendship from the Indian people. He went to the Tibetan-style Buddhist monastery soon after his arrival in Ulan Bator. Photograph: PIB