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Navy comes marching in

Do you stand a little taller when you listen to Vande Mataram? Do the words to Saare Jahan Se Achcha make you want to sing out loud? Will you be dressed in orange, green and white this weekend?

delhi Updated: Aug 14, 2010 00:32 IST
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Do you stand a little taller when you listen to Vande Mataram? Do the words to Saare Jahan Se Achcha make you want to sing out loud? Will you be dressed in orange, green and white this weekend?

If you’ve answered all the above in the affirmative, then here’s a place you just have to head to today. For two days — August 14 and 16 (today and Monday), the Indian Navy band will be performing at the plaza at Select Citywalk mall, Saket for all those who’d like to celebrate the 63rd Independence Day doing something different.

Apart from playing patriotic tunes, the 25-member band will also show off their other talents with jazz, rock and roll and film songs. “This is a great chance for us to show our talent pool to the civil population here in Delhi, especially since we don’t do many public events,” says Commander Sidhu, who is coordinating the celebrations. “And this way people also get a taste of the Naval life, something North India doesn’t get to experience much.”

The band, which has been brought down from the Naval Headquarters in Vishakapatanam, will play from 2 pm on Saturday and from 5.30 pm on Monday. “We wanted to do something closer to sunset as that’s a part of our routine,” he adds.

Its not just music that the Navy will be showcasing; there is also a life-size photography exhibition that will include pictures of their prized ships and aircraft. The exhibition begins at the atrium inside the mall and is spread across the whole walk-through (till Zara) and offers a sneak peek into all what the Navy has to offer.

And if you’re interested in joining the Navy, a career helpdesk will be happy to answer you queries, pass you brochures and posters. Further incentive, ahem: there are key chains to win.