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Indian culture, Bollywood attract Americans, foreigners towards Hindi language

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

Rich and movies are attracting a growing number of Americans and other foreigners to learn language, according to in

As many as 110 people registered themselves for the free classes started by the embassy, it said in a statement.

In addition to people of Indian-origin and American nationals, students include citizens from the UK, Germany, Brazil, Oman, Ukraine, and among others, it said.

Following an overwhelming response, the students are now divided into two class and are taught twice a week.

of Mox Raj (spelled Moksharaj in Hindi) said 90 per cent of his students were non-Indians and come from different professional backgrounds including scientists, engineers, businessmen,

While everyone has their reason to learn Hindi, interest in movies and the rich and diverse are the two main prime motivational factors, the statement said.

Some of the students are taking classes to talk to their life partners and friends in Hindi, while others are planning to travel to

With emerging as an attractive market for American businesses, some of the registered students are learning Hindi with an eye to expand their business in Among other reasons being research on Indian issues the statement said.

A well-known yoga and expert of Vedic literature, Raj was sent by the to last year as part of its soft power diplomatic efforts.

Last summer on June 16, he successfully gave yoga instructions to several thousand people in front of the US capitol on the occasion of International Yoga day.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 10:40 IST