Spouses of G20 leaders treated to special lunch and street food

Some of the spouses also went to an exhibition organized at the National Gallery of Modern Art.

New Delhi:

Spouses of various world leaders attending the G20 Summit here were treated to a special lunch at Jaipur House on Saturday, following which they were given a guided tour of an exhibition of culturally rich artifacts at the National Gallery of Modern Art, official sources said.

The group was served millet dishes and also enjoyed street food, a source said.

“The first ladies of Turkey, Japan, the United Kingdom, Australia and Mauritius, among others, visited the exhibition at the NGMA,” the source added.

The source told PTI, “After lunch at Jaipur House, spouses of some world leaders enjoyed an exhibition organized at NGMA which opened today. The exhibition was presented especially for them.”

The “Roots and Roads” exhibition explores India’s civilizational heritage, philosophy and interconnectedness.

The NGMA, under the Union Ministry of Culture, has a rich collection of artworks, including paintings, sculptures and photographs. S Radhakrishnan, the then vice-president, inaugurated the gallery at Jaipur House in 1954, according to the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav website.

The special lunch and NGMA exhibition was organized on the sidelines of the two-day G20 Summit which began on Saturday at the new International Convention and Exhibition Center – Bharat Mandapam – at Pragati Maidan.

Earlier in the day, wives of some world leaders visited the Pusa campus to learn about millet cultivation.

They (spouses of world leaders) have expressed interest in learning more about millet, the source said.

Led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Union government sponsored a proposal for the International Year of Millets – 2023. The proposal was accepted by the United Nations General Assembly.

Prime Minister Modi also shared his vision of making the International Year of Millets – 2023 a “people’s movement” while positioning India as a “global millet hub”.

Millet-based dishes featured on the menu of lunches and dinners served to delegates at G20 events held under different streams since India took over the presidency of the bloc last December.

Luxury hotels in Delhi are also serving millet dishes to heads of state in Delhi for the G20 summit.

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