Kili Paul, the Tanzanian artist who proved that music can transcend language barriers and won the hearts of Indians with his perfect lip-synch and dance moves to Indian songs, was honored by the Indian High Commission on Monday in this East African country.
Paul thanked his fans after being congratulated by Binaya Pradhan, the Indian High Commissioner to Tanzania. “I am so happy to be honored by HIGH COMMISSIONER OF INDIA TO TANZANIA its a pleasure to meet you sir and thank you everyone for being kind to me and i love you my indian supporter without you I wouldn’t be here to come JAI HIND,” Paul wrote on Instagram.
Pradhan also shared photos with Paul on Twitter. Pradhan tweeted: “Today there was a special visitor at @IndiainTanzania; famous Tanzanian artist Kili Paul has captured millions of hearts in India for his lip-synced videos with popular songs from Indian movies #IndiaTanzania.
Today had a special visitor at @IndeinTanzania ; famous Tanzanian artist Kili Paul has captured millions of hearts in India for his lip-synced videos with songs from popular Indian movies #IndiaTanzania pic.twitter.com/CuTdvqcpsb
— Binaya Pradhan (@binaysrikant76) February 21, 2022
Paul’s fans were also delighted with the High Commissioner’s gesture. “It was such a good gesture. Made me so proud. Kili is my favorite. His simplicity, his native dress, the beauty of his country, his sister and sometimes his friends all add to the beauty of his video Congratulations to Kili!” commented one user.
It was such a good gesture. Made me so proud. Kili is my favorite. Her simplicity, her native dress, the beauty of her country, her sister and sometimes her friends all add to the beauty of her video. Congratulations Kili!
— Varsha (@Varrsha2) February 22, 2022
Thank you very much for the kind words brother. Love from India to my Tanzanian brothers and sisters❤️
— अमन | Amman | امن 🇮🇳 (@bat0fgotham_) February 22, 2022
India in Tanzania has done an excellent job of saluting and paying tribute to this hero and great supporter of Indian soft power. We should and the missions should actively engage these soft power warriors for Indian good as well as global good.
— Keshav Jha (@keshavjha25) February 22, 2022
Paul and his sister Neema have earned a special place among Indian netizens, who admire their lip-syncing and Tanzanian attire.
Since going viral last November, he has danced to Jubin Nautiyal and Asees Kaur ‘Raataan Lambyan’ from Shershaah, his love for Indian music seems unwavering. The TikTok sensation, which has been melting hearts dancing and singing energetic songs, also shook her legs to the Bengali viral song Kacha Badam.