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Michelle Obama sings, dances with kids during trip to India

November 7, 2010

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— Michelle Obama played hopscotch, danced and sang with 33 disadvantaged children from the Indian charity Make a Difference Saturday at the University of Mumbai.

Almost immediately after arriving at the university’s library, she kicked off her flats and joined in a game of vocabulary-building hopscotch with the 8- to 13-year-old orphans and runaways who receive English-language instruction from Make a Difference volunteers.

“I love dancing. Oh that was fun!” Mrs. Obama said after they danced to theme song from the Bollywood movie, “Rang de Basanti.”

The girls wore their salwar kameez — traditional long shirts and baggy trousers — and glittering dupatta scarves. Mrs. Obama, dressed in an olive blouse and delicate flowered skirt, also joined a drum and tambourine circle with the children. She banged on a tambourine while the kids pounded on drums.

After dancing, she spoke to the children about the importance of an education.

“I didn’t grow up with a lot of money,” Mrs. Obama “I never even imagined being the first lady of the United States. But because I had an education, when the time came to do this, I was ready.”

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