Bhubaneswar: Melodies of patriotism and humanity reverberated through Utkal Mandap in Odisha capital last evening when the Indian Naval Band from INS Chilika, performed. Clad in white uniforms, standing upright on stage with trumpets, drums and flute, the naval officers gave the audience an experience that will remain etched on their hearts forever.
The evening began with a short ceremonial tune of Vande Mataram, as the chief guest Rajendra Prasad Sharma, DGP Odisha, arrived. It was followed by a frolic tune of ‘Colonel Bogey (March)’, originally composed in 1914 by Lt. F.J. Rickets.
“Navy Day is observed on December 4. We conduct a lot of activities to celebrate the day which starts mid-November and ends in December. We decided to conclude the Navy Day celebration with a band performance in Bhubaneswar since it’s the capital city and people here are very enthusiastic when it comes to art and music,” said Lieutenant Commander VP Senthil.
The naval band further gave us a whimsical look into America’s popular folk songs like Frankie and Johny, Lonesome Road and John Hnny. Taking the crowd on a musical tour, they performed songs from various parts of the world which included Irish folk, a track from the Lion King, the fifth symphony of Beethoven, theme tracks of Mission Impossible and Ghostbuster, Jamaican farewell and jaw-dropping Bollywood numbers.
The one composition that took everyone’s breath away, was the tribute to Raj Kapoor, a medley of all his evergreen songs followed by the popular song ‘Janam Janam’ from the movie ‘Dilwale’ by vocalist Kamal Chetri.
Towards the end, an inspiring ‘We are the world’ was performed by vocalist Kamal. The choir group proceeded it with the song, ‘Jai Bharti’, a song that symbolizes the spirit of Indian Navy, originally composed by Master Chief Petty Officer Dias Rodricues. The grand evening concluded with an instrumental version of the national anthem.