Obama-Manmohan banquet is a Ballet
When US President Barack Obama meets Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh over a Banquet under a white linen representing an Indian marriage pandal in the lawns of White House, it is not just a grand banquet, but a grandiose ballet.
Double Oscar winner A.R.Rahman will join Jennifer Hudson in providing entertainment.
The guest list includes the Honorable Hillary R. Clinton, US Secretary of State, Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen, Pulitzer Prize winning writer Jhumpa Lahiri, Vinai Thummallapally, Film maker Steven Spielberg, journalist Fareed Zakaria and the Honorable house representative Gary Ackerman, United States Representative Sant Singh Chatwal.
The elite guest list is as follows:
His Excellency Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission of the Republic of India, Indian Delegation, Billionaire .Mukesh D Ambani, Tim Dutta (Spouse of Ms. Pia Awal), the Honorable David Axelrod, White House Communications Mrs. Susan Axelrod, Ms Preeta Bansal, OMB – General Counsel, the Honorable Melody Barnes, Domestic Policy Council Marland E. Buckner ,the Honorable Howard Berman, United States Representative, Jane Berman, Spouse of United States Representative, Om Prakash Bhatt, Hunter Biden,. Kathleen Biden.
These will be joined by the Honorable Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Vice President of the United States Dr. Jill Biden, Jr Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs, State Department Sofia Blake, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York, NY, Diana Taylor, the Honorable (Mr.) John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Deputy National Security Advisor for Counterterrorism, Homeland Security Council Mrs. Katherine Brennan and the Honorable Lisa Brown, Office of Staff Secretary Mr. Kevin Cullen.
The other guests include:
Donald Browne Ms. Maria Junqera, the Honorable (Ms.) Carol Browner, Energy and Climate Change The Honorable (Mr.) Tom Downey, William Burns, Under Secretary for Political Affairs, Department of State Ms. Lisa Carty, General James E Cartwright, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mrs. Sandee Cartwright, the Honorable (Senator) Bob Casey, United States Senator (D/Pennsylvania) Mrs. Terese Casey, United States Senate Spouse (D/Pennsylvania), Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Julie Chandrasekaran, I.S. Chaturvedi, Personal Secretary to the Prime Minister of the Republic of India, Indian Delegation, Senator v the Honorable (Secretary) Steven Chu, Secretary of the Department of Energy Jean Chu, the Honorable (Rep.) James E. Clyburn, United States Representative (D/South Carolina) Emily Clyburn, the Honorable Senator Kent Conrad, United States Senator Ms. Lucy Calutti, United States Senate Spouse
In addition.Earl G. Graves, Barbara Graves, .Geeta Rao Gupta, Arvind Gupta, Raj Gupta, Rajat Gupta, Mrs. Anita M Gupta, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Rebecca Olson Gupta, Thomas Friedman and Ratan Tata will grace the occasion.
• Potato and Eggplant Salad
• White House Arugula with Onion Seed Vinaigrette 2008 Sauvignon Blanc, Modus Operandi, Napa Valley, California
• Red Lentil Soup with Fresh Cheese 2006 Riesling, Brooks “Ara”, Wilamette Valley, Oregon
• Roasted Potato Dumplings with Tomato Chutney
• Chick Peas and Okra
• Green Curry Prawns
• Caramelized Salsify with Smoked Collard Greens and Coconut Aged Basmati 2007 Granache, Beckmen Vineyards, Santa Ynez, California
• Pumpkin Pie Tart
• Pear Tatin
• Whipped Cream and Caramel Sauce
• Sparkling Chardonnay, Thibaut Janisson Brut, Monticello, Virginia
• Petits Fours and Coffee
• Cashew Brittle
• Pecan Pralines
• Passion Fruit and Vanilla Gelees
• Chocolate-Dipped Fruit