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VIDEO: US Ambassador to India Eric Garcetti shows off dance moves to 'Chaiyya Chaiyya'

US embassy in India's New Delhi celebrated Diwali with an enthusiastic bash from Eric Garcetti

By Web Desk
November 13, 2023

This video shows US Ambassador to India Eric Garcetti dancing to the hit song 'Chaiyya Chaiyya'.

US Ambassador to India, Eric Garcetti, has taken the internet by storm after he took to the dance floor to show off his Indian moves to the hit song 'Chaiyya Chaiyya' on Friday, during a Diwali bash at the US embassy in New Delhi.

Garcetti on Sunday wished a prosperous Diwali to everyone in India on X, formerly known as Twitter, and said that he was delighted to celebrate the festival in the national capital, NDTV reported.

"Delighted to celebrate #Diwali with dance, food and music with my colleagues for the first time here in India! At this auspicious time, may the festival of light bring you happiness and prosperity in the new year!" Garcetti wrote on X.

Garcetti danced to the hit song 'Chaiyya Chaiyya' during a Diwali celebration event at the embassy. The original song, which came out in 1998, was performed by renowned Indian actors on the top of a train.

He took the stage in a blue kurta and a pair of shades as the audience clapped and cheered.

The US announced Garcetti — former mayor of Los Angeles — as its ambassador to India in May, over two-and-a-half years after his name was first announced for the post.

Up until around five years ago, Joe Biden supporter Garcetti was regarded as one of the Democratic Party's rising prospects. However, scandals shook the final years of his nine-year mayoral tenure, costing him a position in the Biden cabinet and nearly killing his chances of becoming an ambassador, according to The Indian Express.

Garcetti has immersed himself in Indian customs since taking office in May, and he most recently took part in another festival at Delhi's Chittaranjan Park.

Garcetti surprised everyone by stopping by the US immigration office in Delhi earlier this month to speak with potential applicants.

His visit came at a time when the average wait time for a US visa appointment was 511 days.