NAMASTE AMERICA| Posted On: 22-Jan-2013

The  U.S. Consul General, Peter Haas and Atul Nishar, President of Namaste America, co-hosted an Inaugural ball in Honour of the 44th President of The United States of America, Barack Obama at the U.S. Consulate in Mumbai. The Consulate’s Inauguration Ceremony featured a live telecast of the Presidential Address from Washington D.C.. Bajaj Group was the presenting supporter of this prestigious event.


The evening began with a dance performance by renowned choreographer, Rahul Saxena and his team of accomplished dancers. Atul Nishar, President of Namaste America with wife Dr. Alka Nishar, & Peter Haas,  US Consul General, Mumbai, with wife Amy Haas lead the first waltz of the evening which met with a lot of applause. The ballroom dancing merited a full dance floor with couples enjoying the Mumbai winter at the open air venue .The very versatile and popular Bollywood actor, Rani Mukherji also graced the occassion and was felicitated for her valued contribution to Indian Cinema.

The event was attended by a diverse cross-section of Mumbai society. Seen exchanging pleasantries were Deanna Abdeen,  Consular Section Chief, US Consulate, Niraj Bajaj, Sunita Menon, Arti & Kailash Surendranath,  Indu Shahani, Nayan Patel,  Queenie Singh, Adam Rodriguez,  (Hollywood star CSI),  Lata Patel, Dalip Tahil,  Sushma Reddy, Parvathy Omanakuttan, Dalip Tahil, Vivek Jain, Mahabanoo Mody Kotwal, Talat & Bina Aziz, Gregory David Roberts & Princess Francoise Sturdza, Madhoo & Satish Shah , Simone Singh , Ananya Dutta and Raelle Padamsee.

The inauguration ceremony theme of “Faith in America`s Future” commemorates the United States’ perseverance and unity.  This year also marks the 150th year since placement of the Statue of Freedom atop the new Capitol Dome in 1863. The naming of inaugural ceremony themes is a new tradition that highlights historic events that helped shape U.S. democracy.

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