PM Modi, Ivanka attend gala dinner at Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad
The dinner was hosted by the Union government as part of the ongoing Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2017.Updated: Nov 28, 2017 23:21 IST
The majestic Falaknuma Palace of the erstwhile Nizams of Hyderabad on Tuesday witnessed one of the most spectacular banquet dinners for a special guest – Ivanka Trump, daughter of US president Donald Trump, along with a host of dignitaries from India and the world.
The dinner hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on behalf of the Government of India in honour of Ivanka was attended by more than 1,200 delegates from 150 countries, besides the who’s who of India’s big business houses. The dinner, which was supposed to start at 8 pm was delayed by nearly an hour and a half.
Apart from Ivanka and Modi, the tastefully decorated iconic 101-seater dining room played host to several ministers, dignitaries and other VIPs, including external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Telangana governor ESL Narasimhan, chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, his son and IT minister KT Rama Rao, industrialists Mukesh Ambani, Ratan Tata, Tata Sons CEO Chandrasekharan and Adi Godrej.
For the other delegates, the dinner was arranged on the sprawling lawns of the palace, now under the control of the Taj Group of Hotels.
The vistors were served with mouth-watering delicacies comprising typical Telangana cuisne, besides Mughlai and continental dishes. The Palace’s team of culinary experts, led by executive chef Sajesh Nair, prepared a five-course menu for the royal guest, including local delicacies such as Dahi ke kebab, Gosht shikampuri kebab, Kubani ke malai kofta, Murg pista ka salan and Sitaphal kulfi, complimented by various courses – Aghaz (soup), Mezban (appetizers), Waqfa (sorbet), Mashgool Dastarkhwan (main course) and Zauq e shahi (dessert). Of course, the Hyderabadi biryani was at the top of the menu to entice the guests.
According to highly placed sources, the Prime Minister presented Ivanka with a wooden box of Sadeli craft. This is a highly skilled craft technique, native to Surat, of fabricating geometric patterns in wood. It was traditionally used for decorating doors, windows and furniture. It is now also used for embellishing jewellery boxes, containers and photo frames.