Touted to be the highlight of ASEAN Summit’s opening ceremony, the musical version of the epic Ramayana left Prime Minister awestruck as he showered praises on ballet company ‘Rama Hari’ for the “stupendous performance”.

“You would be happy to know that the @ASEAN opening ceremony included excerpts from the musical Rama Hari, based on the Ramayana,” Modi tweeted.

“Various parts of the Ramayana were beautifully highlighted in the Rama Hari. This shows our deep historical bonds and shared heritage,” he said.

“The Ramayana is widely popular among ASEAN nations. I compliment the cast and crew of Rama Hari for their stupendous performance at the ASEAN Summit,” he said in another tweet.

PM Modi, US President Donald Trump, Chinese premier Li Keqiang, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and several other leaders from ASEAN’s partner countries attended the opening ceremony of the two-day summit.

The Ramayana performance was presented by ballet company ‘Rama Hari’ and it drew loud applause from the audience.

The Ramayana in the Philippines is called ‘Maharadia Lawana’ which means king Ravana and it reflects India’s cultural linkages with the nation, which is hosting the summit.

This year marks the 25th year of the India-Asean dialogue partnership and the golden jubilee of the formation of the Asean regional bloc.

The Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) comprises Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.