Modi plays Mongolian fiddle, strikes new chord in ties

Ulan Bator, May 17 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday tried his hand at the morin khuur, a traditional two-stringed fiddle which is adorned with a carved horse head, and is considered a symbol of the Mongolian nation.

With Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj standing beside him, Modi smilingly played the horse head fiddle for half a minute.

“Striking a new chord in the relationship with Mongolia. @narendramodi tries 2 understand intricacies of morin khuur,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.

The morin khuur has figured prominently in Mongolia’s nomad culture and is one of the most important musical instruments of the Mongol people.

Earlier, Modi met Elbegdorj who hosted lunch for him at the State Palace.