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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Indian Royal dinner for Obama

The state dinner hosted by President Pratibha Patil for US President Barack Obama and his wife took place in a very opulent setting at the grand Mughal Gardens on Rashtrapati Bhavan’s grounds. Flowers, rangoli and floating candles added a touch of Indian glamour to the official dinner. So did Michelle Obama

Serenading the President: Musicians played traditional Indian music for the Obamas, who were also serenaded by the naval band that played hits by Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder. All images courtesy: Reuters

What the President Ate: President Obama was given a taste of India. He was served chicken shami kebab, sunehri kalai lamb, fish tikka achari, pista murg and palak papri chat. He also tucked into zeera pulao, rotis, naans, puran poli and pineapple halwa.

Perfect Hostess: President Patil played the perfect hostess as she explained the menu to President Obama. All the food was prepared by Rashtrapati Bhavan chefs and served by waiters dressed in traditional red uniforms with golden braiding and turbans.

Warm Welcome: Presidents Obama and Patil greeted guests as they arrived for dinner at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

A Royal Setting: The lavish dinner took place in a beautifully-lit tent in the Mughal Gardens. Glimmering diyas were set around white and lavender petal rangolis, while rajnigandha garlands decorated the path leading up to the garden. The centre piece for the banquet table was made with floating candles.

Michelle Obama, Queen of Style: At the state dinner hosted by Indian president Pratibha Patil at Rashtrapati Bhavan, US First Lady Michelle Obama dazzled guests in an elegant floor-length creation with jewelled belt by Indian American designer Rachel Roy. Some critics were disappointed she didn’t turn up in a sari, however.

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