On Monday, a Gujarati folk singer who has dedicated a song to Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets him after it became a hit. Later, PM Modi said in a Twitter post that he was overwhelmed by her efforts to popularise folk music.
Wishes her the best of luck for future attempts, PM Modi tweets: “People like Geeta Rabari inspire our society. Belonging to a humble background, she dedicatedly pursued her passion of singing and excelled. I am deeply impressed by her efforts to popularise Gujarati folk music among youngsters.”
The Gujarati folk singer told sources that she was certain to meet the Prime Minister after her latest song “Rona Sherma” – dedicated to PM Modi, which soon became a hit.
Geeta Rabari claims that she had met the Prime Minister when she was a child.
“Back then I sang in my school and he (Narendra Modi) was there. He gave me Rs. 250 as prize and told me that my voice is good and that I should practice and keep singing,” added Ms. Rabari.
She continued, “Now that my Gujarati song has became a hit so I came to seek his blessings.”
Geeta Rabari also claims that PM Modi was “like her father”.
The Gujarati folk singer also said that it was the government’s “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” scheme, which made her education possible.
“I belong to the Maldhari community and we used to live in the jungles. My father got a postcard with the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao message on it. Because of this scheme, my father encouraged me to study,” added Mr. Rabari.