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Tour Album: When Modi embraced Africa

Last updated on: July 12, 2016 09:09 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's foreign trips often reveal different shades of his personality. His visit to Africa has been no different.

From displaying his skills as a drummer in Dar-es-Salaam with Tanzanian President John Pombe Joseph Magufuli to pensively retracing Mahatma Gandhi’s train journey in South Africa, Prime Minister Modi's tour albums are one of their kind.

Scroll below to see some glimpses:

Hitting the right notes: Prime Minister Modi and Tanzania President Dr John Magufuli play drums during the ceremonial welcome at the State House, in Dar es Salaam. Photograph: Ministry of External Affairs/Flickr


The teleprompters are back: Prime Minister Modi at the joint press meet with Tanzania President Dr John Magufuli (not in the image). Photograph: Ministry of External Affairs/Flickr


Playing to the gallery: Prime Minister Modi mingles with school kids in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Photograph: Ministry of External Affairs/Flickr


Fashion inspiration: Prime Minister Modi admires the braids on a young girl who greeted him during the ceremonial welcome in Dar es Salaam. Photograph: Ministry of External Affairs/Flickr


Mann ki 'bat': Prime Minister Modi inspects an autographed bat during a visit to the Nelson Mandela Foundation, in Johannesburg. Photograph: Ministry of External Affairs/Flickr


History in the re-making: Prime Minister Modi on the train from Pentrich Railway Station to Pietermaritzburg where a young Gandhi was thrown out of a compartment in 1893 for refusing to obey a racist order to move from a first-class compartment to a third-class one. Photograph: Ministry of External Affairs/Flickr


Mood shot with a filter: Prime Minister Modi seems to reflecting on his 'pilgrimage to South Africa' as he travelled in a wood-panelled carriage to Pietermaritzburg. Photograph: Ministry of External Affairs/Flickr


Welcome dance: Prime Minister Modi being accorded a ceremonial welcome, at the National Assembly, at Maputo, in Mozambique. Explaining the dance routine to him is National Assembly President Veronica Macamo. Photograph: Ministry of External Affairs/Flickr


Mahogany Man: Prime Minister Modi plants a sapling of African mahogany, at the Centre for Innovation and Technological Development, at Maluana, in Mozambique. Photograph: Ministry of External Affairs/Flickr


Trollers' delight: Prime Minister Modi makes a fashion statement while addressing more than 11,000 members of the Indian community at a stadium in Johannesburg in South Africa, calling it the land of Madiba or Nelson Mandela and the 'karma-bhoomi' of Mahatma Gandhi. Photograph: Ministry of External Affairs/Flickr


Vision correction: We can't seem to determine what the prime minister was trying to do when he decided to tinker with the spectacles on the bust of Mahatma Gandhi during his visit to Constitutional Hill in Johannesburg. May be, you can. Photograph: Kamal Singh/PTI Photo


Date with the Mamas: Prime Minister Modi inspects Solar Mamas of Africa at work, in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania on Sunday. The 'solar mamas' were trained in batches over the years in Tilonia township of Rajasthan -- at the Barefoot College -- in fixing and maintaining solar lamps, bulbs and panels. They then returned to their villages where they have since been working as solar engineers—helping their communities harness the power of solar energy to light up their homes and villages. Photograph: Kamal Singh/PTI Photo