New Delhi: The Ministry of Defence has stated in a Press communication that the Indian Naval Band captured the hearts and minds of music enthusiasts during the Indian Naval Symphonic Orchestra held at Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium, Lodhi Road, New Delhi, on 21 February. The band, which in the recent past has performed at renowned military band festivals like Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Scotland, Spasskaya Tower International Military Music Festival at Moscow, and Russian Federation Navy Day Parade at St. Petersburg, Russia, regaled and enthralled the audience with a wide range of stirring martial music, arrangements of western classical, Indian classical, and other forms of contemporary popular and folk music, the Ministry said.
During the course of the evening, the band related closely to the audience, incorporating varied choices like swing, waltz, movie themes, disco, funk, popular, and patriotic music. The Naval band had also participated in the recently conducted Beating Retreat ceremony at Vijay Chowk on 29 January with their upbeat compositions and intricate formations including a sailboat. The band performed under the baton of Commander VC D’Cruz, Director of Music (Navy), who is an alumnus of Pilar Music School, Goa, and Trinity College of Music, London.
The musical evening was organised as part of the Navy Day Activities and was hosted by Admiral Karambir Singh, Chief of the Naval Staff. The Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, Anil Baijal, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.
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