Tokyo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday turned into a drummer, a day after signing a number of deals with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe.
Known for his oratory skills, the PM amazed everyone when he joined the ceremonial Japanese drummers here to perform a jugalbandi with them as he drummed up support for Indian business in Japan.
Modi tried his hands at traditional Taiko drums with great vigour at the launch of Tata Consultancy Services’s Technology and Cultural Academy.
After concluding his opening remarks, TCS CEO N Chandrasekaran invited the PM to play a note on the drums after the professional drummers had finished.
The two drummers played their number and then the PM tried his hands at drums, much to the amusement of the gathering.
After flagging off the first batch of students who will be going to India for training with TCS, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked IT experts to step out of their rooms and travel across India to enhance their learning.
"You will learn as much outside your rooms as you will learn inside them."
"I have a suggestion also - if you stay in India do not remain in TCS rooms daily. Take time out and travel across India," said a PMO tweet citing Modi whose Japan sojourn entered its fourth day on Tuesday.
He added: "I can tell you that even if you stay for six months and want to enjoy a new dish daily, you will not have to repeat a dish".
He further underlined that 21st century is the century of knowledge and the country with "knowledge and information will lead the world".
"...the one who has knowledge and information will lead the world than those who have wealth and arms," the Prime Minister said.
He also referred to India’s ‘knowledge’ heritage and leadership of the world in the past, through institutions such as Taxila and Nalanda.
He hoped the students would come back with fond memories and become Ambassadors of India.
Earlier in the day, the PM addressed students at the Sacred Hearts University here and met leaders from across the political spectrum of Japan.
Democratic Party of Japan leader Banri Kaieda, New Komeito president Natsuo Yamaguchi, Governor of Aichi Prefecture, Hideaki Ōmura called on the PM.
Modi also met the head of Sasakawa-India Leprosy Foundation and said: “Service to people is service of God. Please continue your service.”
Later in the day, Modi will call on Japanese Emperor Akihito and deliver the keynote address at a business seminar.