Modi spent about five minutes at the lobby of Hotel Pullman and watched the four male dancers, who also sang, perform a few dance sequences.

Modi, who sat in a chair, also clapped his hands at the end of each sequences. He later shook hands with dancers.

He got a boomerang as a gift from the dancers. A boomerang is a thrown tool, typically constructed as a flat aerofoil, that is designed to spin about an axis perpendicular to the direction of its flight.

A boomerang is designed to return to the thrower. It is well known as a weapon used by Indigenous Australians for hunting.

Boomerangs have been historically used for hunting, as well as a sport, and entertainment. They are commonly thought of as an Australian icon.

Modi, who arrived here from Brisbane after attending the G20 Summit, will proceed to Canberra tonight and later to Melbourne.

"Modi fever grips Sydney," said a headline in the newspaper.

Modi is the first Prime Minister to visit Australia in 28 years after Rajiv Gandhi in 1986.

More than 16,000 members of the Indian diaspora will pack Allphones Arena at Olympic Park here to listen Modi at a community reception. About 5,000 more are expected to be watching the evening event on big screens outside.

"Looks like it's gonna be India day in Sydney," External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin tweeted.

"Enthusiasm builds in Sydney. Even before PM ends Brisbane leg, excitement builds up at Sydney event," another tweet said yesterday.

More than 200 Modi fans left Melbourne on a chartered train dubbed the "Modi Express" to attend Modi's speech at Allphones Arena this evening.

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