From Tagore’s ‘Anondo Loke Mongola Loke’ to the lilting theme of Lawrence of Arabia and from Mozart’s serenade ‘Eine Kleine Nachtmusik’ to the foot-tapping ‘Uptown Funk’, the hour-long performance by the Indian Naval Symphonic Orchestra (INSO) in Kolkata on Friday morning had them all.
The audience at Kala Mandir comprised hundreds of schoolchildren, teachers, NCC cadets and music lovers in general.
“I had always believed that the Navy is adept at handling weapons. Today, I learnt that the force is equally adept at handling musical instruments. The Navy serves the nation and we are both proud and grateful. Many of you in the audience are in school now. You may want to join the Navy later on in life,” Debasish Kumar, MMIC, Kolkata Municipal Corporation, who was the chief guest at the occasion, said.
According to Commodore Suprobho K De, naval officer-in-charge, West Bengal, the INSO, comprising over 80 musicians, performed four concerts in the city over the last two days for nearly 3,400 schoolchildren and 1,200 adults. One of the primary roles of the performances is to encourage youngsters to take up the Navy as a career.
The 75-year-old band has performed internationally during the Queen’s Coronation in England, Expo-70 in Japan, the International Music Festival in France, bicentenary celebrations of the Statue of Liberty, International Fleet Review in Australia and other events.
The band was conducted by Lt Commander Manoj Sebastian, assistant director of music (Navy) who is an alumnus of the Royal School of Music, London. The day’s performance ended with the Tri-Services Marching Medley, comprising the marching tunes of the Army, Navy and Indian Air Force.
Source: Times of India