Dancing, Diwali: Obama's Second Day In India

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U.S. President Barack Obama started his second day in India on a lighter note: pulling a few dance moves and celebrating a major religious festival with local students. Obama and first lady Michelle Obama spent Sunday morning at a local school, where students were celebrating Diwali. Youngsters performed dances in colorful saris to mark the festival of lights. The president bobbed his head to the music and clapped. Young girls danced with baskets on their heads as the room erupted in cheers. At one point, students pulled the first lady on stage and taught her how to twirl. "Notice they didn't ask me," the president said.

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U.S. President Barack Obama started his second day in India on a lighter note: pulling a few dance moves and celebrating a major religious festival with local students.Dancing, Diwali: Obama's Second Day In India

Obama and first lady Michelle Obama spent Sunday morning at a local school, where students were celebrating Diwali. Youngsters performed dances in colorful saris to mark the festival of lights. The president bobbed his head to the music and clapped.

Young girls danced with baskets on their heads as the room erupted in cheers.

At one point, students pulled the first lady on stage and taught her how to twirl.

"Notice they didn't ask me," the president said.

Students later extended the offer to the president, who joined them and towered over the youngsters as he danced.

Obama also visited students at Holy Name High School, where students in school uniforms explained their projects to the president. One girl described her "eco-friendly village" with a large windmill.

U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama pose with children after dancing with them during their visit to the Holy Name High School in Mumbai, India, November 7, 2010.

"Did you guys get that -- a tree a day keeps global warming away," Obama told journalists.

Obama will also attend other events Sunday, including an agriculture exposition and a town hall meeting with students at St. Xavier's College in Mumbai.

The relatively light agenda comes a day after the president unveiled about $10 billion in contracts for U.S. exports to India.

"The United States sees Asia, and especially India, as a market of the future," Obama said at a meeting with business leaders from both countries. "For America, this is a jobs strategy."Dancing, Diwali: Obama's Second Day In India

Promoting broader trade relations with India is a delicate balancing act for Obama, given American frustration with the outsourcing of jobs to call centers in the country.

But Obama said the notion of Indian outsourcing being a net drain on the U.S. economy is part of a "caricature of India as a land of call centers and back offices that cost American jobs."

Obama's three-day visit to India, Asia's third largest economy and one of the world's few growth markets, also includes meeting with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi and addressing the nation's parliament.