PM Modi receives traditional aboriginal welcome in Sydney


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Modi got a boomerang as a gift from the dancers

Prime Minister Narendra Modi being accorded traditional welcome by Australian tribal dancers at a hotel in Sydney on Monday. (Photo: AP)

Sydney: Australia's aboriginal dancers todaygave a traditional welcome to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he arrived here on a whirlwind six-hour visit to attend a reception hosted by the Indian community for him.

Modi spent about five minutes at the lobby of Hotel Pullman and watched the four male dancers, who also sang, perform a few dance sequences.

Modi, who sat in a chair, also clapped his hands at the end of each sequences. He later shook hands with dancers. He got a boomerang as a gift from the dancers.

A boomerang is a thrown tool, typically constructed as a flat aerofoil, that is designed to spin about an axis perpendicular to the direction of its flight.

A boomerang is designed to return to the thrower. It is well known as a weapon used by Indigenous Australians for hunting.

Boomerangs have been historically used for hunting, as well as a sport, and entertainment. They are commonly thought of as an Australian icon.