While addressing the media ahead of the 'Howdy, Modi!' event, Texas India Forum spokesperson Preeti Dawra was quoted saying that it was a privilege to be hosting this mega event. She added that the Forum is, “deeply grateful for this opportunity to bring together such a historic event, driven in large part by the diverse community of Americans all over the United States.” The event which has a packed schedule will start at 9 am on September 21, and is filled with musical performances. Howdy, Modi creates an opportunity for holistic cultural immersion.
Spokesperson Dawra said, “The programme is set to start at 9 o’clock but also slightly earlier at 8:45 if we have everybody seated. I would urge all media to be here at 5 am this is really important as we have 50,000 people to get in… we want you to be here inside the stadium before any of our other guests come in… please do come in at 5 am.”
Speaking about the star programme of the day, 'Woven', Dawra said, is meant to be a celebration of cultures and that it will be a 90-minute programme which is likely to end around 10:30; after which both the State leaders will speak. She further added that the programme is expected to end around 30 minutes past noon. Stressing on the importance of the media and the support they have played so far in making this programme so grand, she extended a warm invitation to all those gearing up for the event and said, she is looking forward to welcoming them all.
On being questioned about the relationship in terms of business and trade between Texas and India, the Forum’s other spokesperson Desai said,
“India is the fourth largest trading partner for Houston and Texas does a lot of business with India... So it's an ongoing relationship that is improving by the year… Right now India and the United does a $142 billion worth of business and that is going to continue to grow.”
A 90-minute music, dance, and multimedia show featuring close to 400 artists and community members from Texas and across the nation. 27 groups will be performing in a seamless live and multimedia experience that will showcase the diversity in the Indian-American community. For the program, two original songs have been written tracing the journey of Indian-American youth learning their roots to understanding how to put that together with the contemporary world. From the classical and folk traditions passed on in basements across America to the creative exchange between Eastern and Western arts and ideas, Woven illuminates the stories of generations of Indian-Americans.
Indian Ambassador to the United States Harsh Vardhan Shringla has described Howdy Modi! as the "largest event" of its kind, adding that it would be a bigger and momentous event as compared to all the previous overseas community events of PM Modi. The event has been broadly supported by organizations representing various communities in India as well as leading social service organizations, charities, university alumni groups, professional societies, and religious organizations. It has also attracted great enthusiastic participation from the Indian-American community. Organisers had closed the registration after it crossed 50,000. From Houston, PM Modi will fly to New York to attend the annual session of the United Nations General Assembly.