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Mumbai , Maharashtra Sitaram Mewati 2019-07-15

French Consulate in Mumbai celebrated Bastille Day or National Day celebrations with much fanfare at Iconic Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai on Saturday 13th, July 2019. Consul General (CG) of France in Mumbai Her Excellency Sonia Barbry welcomed each and every guest personally to Crystal room. 

The event began with inaugural speech by CG of France and Chief information Commissioner (CIC) of Maharashtra, Sumit Mullick. Her excellency Sonia Barbry, Consul General (CG) of France in Mumbai in her maiden speech on Bastille Day celebration, surprised everyone when she began her speech in Hindi. Later she continued in English and French.

The event was attended by Consul Generals of various countries, other diplomats, who's who of Mumbai, Archbishop of Mumbai, leading bureaucrats and others prominent personalities.  

The Crystal Room at Taj Hotel was decorated in the shades of red, blue and white. Many cut outs of monuments of historical importance were displayed in every nook and corner. National flags of France, India and European Union were prominently displayed on centre stage.

The officials banquet began with CG Ms. Sonia Barbry and CIC Sumit Mullick proposed a toast to the attending guests wishing them future health, happiness, and success. CG asked others to raise their glasses. A special spread of French food was laid out. Moet & Chandon Champagne, various types of Red wine, white wine, other prominent alcoholic beverages, mocktails were offered to attending guests. Buffet spread included prominent French cuisine, Cold salads, Pate's, vairities of Cheese spread. There were vairities of desserts were displayed along with live crepe station. 

Consul General (CG) of France in Mumbai Her Excellency Sonia Barbry said "This is my first Bastille Day here, and it's fantastic! Our National Day is a day of joy, happiness and popular celebrations hosted in every city and village of our country. We are sharing that spirit of celebrations here. A French National Day has to be full of joy, friendship, French food and wine".

She added "I have a long association with India. Before choosing a diplomatic career, she was associated as a French teacher at Benaras Hindu University. As a diplomat she spent four years as a political adviser at the French Embassy in New Delhi”.

There was a Swingin' Partout, A live band which was especially flown to Mumbai to play in prominent event. The guests were dancing on the floor while e was a live DJ performed.  The quartet Swingin'Partout has played in numerous shows in Europe and other part of the World including Bangalore in India. Swingin'Partout has quickly forged an energetic and moving repertoire, where melodies highlight the sensibility and the virtuosity of the four performers.

Author : Sitaram Mewati - Award Winning Journalist
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