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US singer Mary Millben to attend Independence Day celebrations in India

African-American singer Mary Milben, who is known for her moving
rendition of ‘Om jai jagadish hare’ and ‘Jana gana mana’, is
travelling to India to attend the celebrations related to the
country’s 75th anniversary of Independence.

“Following in the footsteps of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. and his
pilgrimage to India in 1959, I am honoured to represent the United
States as a cultural ambassador for the 75th Anniversary
celebration of India’s Independence,” Millben said in a statement
ahead of her trip at the invitation of Indian Council for Cultural
Relations (ICCR).

Millben is the first American artiste to be invited to India by
the ICCR for the Independence Day celebrations. She will be an
official guest representing the US, the statement said.

“I am thrilled to finally experience this treasured motherland,
celebrate my meaningful relationship with India and Indian
communities across the world, and highlight the important
democratic alliance between the United States and India during this
important observance of India’s Independence,” said Millben.

As I prepare for my first trip to India, my heart’s sentiments
echo Dr King’s words, ‘to other countries, I may go as a tourist,
but to India, I come as a pilgrim,’” said Millben.

Accompanied by Priya Samant, co-founder/CEO of NFT global
company Abris.io and a 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 75th year of
the country’s Independence and 10th year of Indiaspora.

Invited by Indiaspora founder MR Rangaswami, Millben will open
the forum by singing the Indian national anthem and then jointly
perform with International piano prodigy Lydian Nadhaswaram on the
evening of August 10.

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