Partying after a long hard day...

NAVY BALL

Partying after a long hard day...

 VICTORIOUS Manisha Porwal, Sara Khan and Nicole Lobo. dh photos by P samson victorEarlier held in places like Delhi, Mumbai, Vishakhapatnam and Cochin, the Navy Ball 2010 promised to be one of the best parties even before it started. According to the guests who had attended some of the previous balls, it was surely something to look out for.

When it came to putting the entire ball together, no stone was left unturned. From setting up a grand stage and dance floor at the lawns of the Naval Detachment and Naval Officers Mess at SK Garden, to lining up a stream of entertaining events including the much-awaited Navy Queen, everything was perfect. In short, the Navy Ball had many elements to it such as glamour, fun, excitement, energy and even a feel of patriotism.

“The ball in Bangalore is being canvassed in a big way because of the growing presence of the Indian Navy in Karwar, which is being developed as one of the biggest naval ports. People don’t know much about us and through this event, we want to eliminate all the differences and get to know our community better,” said Janardhan, Naval Detachment Commander.

The guests comprised the officer fraternity from navy, air force, army and also the top strata of civil services and police personnel, with all of them looking their best. The evening also showcased a performance by Shadows, a dance troupe, who danced to popular numbers like Jai Ho and Munni Badnaam Hui.

This was then followed by a fashion show by designer Ramesh Dembla. The highlight, however, was the Navy Queen pageant. The winner of this competition was crowned by actress Ragini Dwivedi.

“The women who participate in the Navy Queen contest represent all those courageous women, who were the pillars of strength for the men, when they were at war. It’s a fun event and a platform for young women to showcase their talent,” said Lavanya, a guest at the ball.

ENTERTAINING A dance performance.Finally, it was Sara Khan who won the crown with Nicole Lobo and Manisha Porwal emerging as the runners-up.

The night also turned out to be a reunion of sorts for many retired navy men, who came alongwith their respective families, as they were meeting each other after a long time. Spirits soared high with many couples hitting the dance floor. 

Interesting titles and prizes were given away to the most fashionable couple, most attractive couple, best dancing couple, most spirited couple and most entertaining couple on the dance floor. “Bangalore has always been an amazing place for people to let their hair down and relax, which one rarely gets to do while in the navy. The ball was an occasion for us to do just that and send a message of goodwill to the civilians of Karnataka,” added Janardhan.

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