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The child star of the Expo 2020 Dubai opening ceremony has returned to the site, 10 days after wowing the world with her performance.
Mira Singh, 11, visited the Belarus pavilion as a special guest because her mother, Svetlana, is from the country. Her father, Jitendra Pal Singh, is from India.
Tourists snapped pictures as she toured the pavilion with a guide speaking in Russian, one of the three languages she speaks fluently, along with English and Hindi.
Her parents proudly described the onslaught of media attention she has received since her opening ceremony appearance, but Mira was poised and charming on her first official visit to the world’s fair.
The young actress said she felt at home in the pavilion.
“I love Belarus. My relatives live there, my grandma and my grandfather. What I loved in this pavilion was the tree – I love the nature in Belarus, and the tree really connected with me.”
The three-storey Belarus pavilion includes a trio of exhibits dedicated to innovations, investments and the individual.
Named “the Forest of Future Technology”, the pavilion centrepiece is a textile art installation of a tree. Standing nine metres tall, it was inspired by the idea of nature and technology coexisting.
A new celebrity
After the tour, Mira was presented with traditional Belarusian gifts and asked to sign the visitor book as the pavilion’s first celebrity guest. She said she was thrilled by the opportunity.
“I never treat myself as famous or important, and when they asked me to sign the visitor book I felt really happy, and I just wrote what came to my heart,” she said.
As the sun set, the Singh family discussed which pavilion they should visit next.
“To be in the opening ceremony of Expo 2020 was the biggest accomplishment of my life. It feels amazing to be back.”