Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday talked about an Australian woman, who runs an art gallery in the Swan Valley of Perth city, as he addressed the nation in the 83rd edition of his monthly radio programme Mann Ki Baat.

PM Modi said Jagattarini Dasi, who joined the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Iskcon) in 1970, spent more than 13 years in Uttar Pradesh’s Vrindavan before going back to her country.

“She says though she has returned to Australia she could not forget Vrindavan. And that is why she remained in touch with Vrindavan and its spiritual joy. She made a Vrindavan in Australia by making art her medium,” PM Modi said.

Visitors to her Sacred Art Gallery in Perth get to see her art and glimpse the traditions and cultures of India’s well-known pilgrim towns of Vrindavan, Nabadweep and Puri, he said.

Jagattarini Dasi was a leading actor in Australia before she joined Iskcon founded by Abhay Charanaravinda Bhaktivedanta Swami or Srila Prabhupada in 1970, according to the movement’s website.

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