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Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Reuters

The Indian community in the United States is all set to welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a grand reception at SAP Center in Silicon Valley on Sunday.

Over 1,200 volunteers have been making preparations for Modi's address in San Jose, California and more people are joining in.

Watch live coverage of Modi's address to Indian community 

"The excitement is growing, volunteers are swelling. People who were not even associated before they are coming forward," PTI quoted the convener of Indo-American Community of West Coast, Khande Rao Kand, as saying on Saturday.

Indian American comedian Rajiv Satyal and Bollywood actress Ashvini Bhave are among the hosts of the grand reception. Nobel laureate Michael Levitt, who won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, will be the distinguished guest at the event.

"I am so excited about this event. As a fan of so many aspects of Indian life and culture, it will be a distinct pleasure to hear Prime Minister Mr Modi's address," Levitt said, according to the official Facebook page of Indo-American Community of West Coast.

The organisers have planned a Madison Square Garden-like grand reception for Modi. The centre stage, from where Modi will address the Indian community, will be a rotating one, similar to the one used during his Madison Square Garden speech in September last year.

Indian singer Kailash Kher, Nrityodaya Kathak Academy and dance troupe Mona Khan Company, will perform at the grand reception for Modi.

Indo-American Community of West Coast, a not-for-profit promoting cooperation between the United States and India, has organised the event in partnership with 313 Indian-American organisations in the US.

More than 45,000 people had registered for Modi's community reception at SAP arena, however, only 18,500 people were given the tickets, PTI reported.

Modi's address at SAP Arena in San Jose will be aired live on the official website of prime minister at 6 pm (California time, PDT) on 27 September and 6.30 am (India time, IST) on 28 September.

The event will, however, begin at 5 pm PDT on Sunday with performances from Indo-Americans and also singers from India, including Kailash Kher. 

Live streaming information of Narendra Modi's Silicon Valley speech:

Modi will address the Indian community at SAP centre and the event will be available live on official website of Narendra ModiYouTube channel of Narendra Modi and PMO India YouTube channel

Live updates and information about Modi's address will also be available at the official Facebook and Twitter accounts of American Community of West Coast and its website.

The security at the venue is tighter than that of an airport, the organisers said, according to the PTI report.

"It (security screening) is tighter than that of airport security. In airport security, magneto meters are a little bit low. In that case you can pass 1,000 people per hour. Here only 500 people would be able to pass through the magnetometer per hour," Rao Kand had said.

Before addressing the Indian diaspora on Sunday, Modi will hold a Townhall question and answer session at Facebook headquarters in California along with social networking site's co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Modi and Zuckerberg "will discuss how communities can work together to address social and economic challenges". Zuckerberg had invited questions for the Townhall Q&A session that is scheduled at 9:30 am pacific time (i.e. 10 pm India time).

The live streaming of Townhall question and answer session will be available online on Facebook pages of Modi and Zuckerberg.

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