In the latest episode of ‘Mann ki Baat’ PM Narendra Modi spoke about Mali teacher Seydou Dembele, who has been presenting a one-hour radio programme ‘Indian Frequency on Bollywood Songs’ every Sunday for 23 years. Dembele is a instructor in a public faculty in Kita metropolis of Mali, a West African nation.
PM Modi said Dembele, who was born on August 15, has started another programme where he tells Bollywood movies’ stories in French and Bambara. This was the 69th episode of ‘Mann Ki Baat‘ programme.
Prime Minister Modi in his address shared that Dembele has an incredible love for India. “Lately, He has began one other two-hour programme each Sunday at 9 pm wherein he tells the story of a Bollywood film in French and Bambara,” the Prime Minister mentioned.
Interestingly, Dembele was born on August 15, which is celebrated as India’s Independence Day. Dembele was introduced to Indian tradition by his father who used to work at a cinema theatre, where Indian films were also getting screened.
“On August 15 this year, Dembele greeted Indians by way of a video in Hindi. Seydou Dembele was a part of the delegation I met during my visit to Kumbh. His love and fervour for India is known as a matter of delight for us,” the Prime Minister mentioned.
Seydou Dembele, in his message, which was also played during ‘Mann Ki Baat’ mentioned, “I got a chance to participate in the Kumbh mela, the biggest religious festival in February, during my visit to India. It is a matter of pride for me and I learnt a lot from India’s culture. I pray for another opportunity to visit India so that we can learn more about India.”
India’s ambassador to Mali H.E Anjani Kumar Sahay tweeted, “The Team at Indian Embassy feels deeply grateful, honoured and encouraged by PM’s mention of Mali in his mann ki baat.”
Later Seydou Dembélé alias ‘Hindustan Ka Babu of Mali’ expressed gratitude to PM Modi for mentioning him in ‘Mann ki baat’.