On Sunday, September 22, Sylvester Turner, the Mayor of Houston presented Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the symbolic "Key" to Houston city, at the NRG Stadium. Houston is touted as the energy capital of the world, where mega-event 'Howdy, Modi!' is taking place. PM Modi was welcomed in the NRG Stadium with loud cheers from the crowd. The Senior Senator from Texas, John Cornyn, spoke about how the Indian culture is woven in the into the fabric of Texas as he welcomed Prime Minister Modi on to the stage. Indian-Americans present at the event were seen chanting Narendra Modi's name in great excitement as he entered the stadium.
The Congressional Delegation who were present for the 'Howdy Modi' event shook hands with the Indian PM and posed for photos before exchanging a few words. The President of the United States is also set to arrive for the event and share the stage with PM Modi. Preside Trump tweeting about his visit said,
"Will be in Houston to be with my friend. Will be a great day in Texas!"
A 90-minute cultural program titled, 'Woven: The Indian-American Story' would be performed consisting of music, dance, and multimedia show featuring close to 400 artists and community members from Texas and across the nation. 27 groups would 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.
PM Modi arrived in Houston, Texas on his week-long US trip on Saturday afternoon. He took to Twitter to share his arrival in the US by greeting with 'Howdy Houston'. He was welcomed with a red carpet and greeted by the Director, Trade and International Affairs, Christopher Olson and other officials. He tweeted by saying that he is looking forward to the programmes in this dynamic and energetic city. The PM also shared a few pictures of his grand welcome with his followers.