Entertainment in the form of music of an invigorating kind gave officers, instructors, students and invitees something to discuss with interest and appreciation at the prestigious Defence Services Staff College (DSSC) at Wellington near here on Wednesday.

Provided by the Mumbai-based Indian Naval Symphonic Orchestra, the entertainment was a welcome change from the serious business which marks the daily routine at DSSC.

The performance by the Orchestra, which is known for its professional compositions and synchronous renditions was a prelude to this year's Navy Week celebrations. Defence sources told The Hindu that the orchestra had been their pride for over 50 years and it had built up an enviable reputation for itself, not only within the country, but also across the world with its sterling and unique performances.

The musical evening is one of the most popular events of the Navy Week celebrations. The presentation led by Lt.Cdr. S.K. Champion included fusion, jazz, western, classical and patriotic numbers.

It kept the audience spell bound for over two hours. A highlight was the never heard before martial musical overtones.

Earlier in the day, the band performed for the benefit of the staff of DSSC and students from various schools in Nilgiris including Hebron, Riverside, Brindavan, Lawrence, Good Shepherd, St Hilda's and Laidlaw Memorial.

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