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Obama-PM banquet: Rahman, Jennifer Hudson to perform

A.R.Rahman will join Jennifer Hudson in providing entertainment for the Obama’s state dinner for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, First Lady Michelle Obama revealed just hours before the banquet.

Among the invitees for the bash — Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen, Pulitzer Prize winning writer Jhumpa Lahiri, Obama buddy Vinai Thummallapally, Film maker Steven Spielberg, journalist Fareed Zakaria. The full list of invitees is as follows…

The Honorable (Rep) Gary Ackerman, United States Representative Mr. Sant Singh Chatwal (Guest)

 

His Excellency Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission of the Republic of India, Indian Delegation

Mr.Mukesh D Ambani

Mr.Tim Dutta (Spouse of Ms. Pia Awal)

The Honorable (Mr.) David Axelrod, White House Communications Mrs. Susan Axelrod

Ms Preeta Bansal, OMB – General Counsel

The Honorable (Ms.) Melody Barnes, Domestic Policy Council Mr. Marland E. Buckner

The Honorable (Rep.) Howard Berman, United States Representative (D/California) Mrs. Jane Berman, Spouse of United States Representative (D/California)

Mr.Om Prakash Bhatt

Mr. Hunter Biden, Mrs. Kathleen Biden

The Honorable (Vice President) Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Vice President of the United States Dr. Jill Biden

Mr. Robert O Blake, Jr., Assistant Sec for South and Central Asian Affairs, State Department Mrs. Sofia Blake

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York, NY

Ms. 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

The Honorable (Ms.) Lisa Brown, Office of Staff Secretary Mr. Kevin Cullen

Mr. Donald Browne Ms. Maria Junqera

The Honorable (Ms.) Carol Browner, Energy and Climate Change The Honorable (Mr.) Tom Downey

Mr. 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)

Mr. Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Mrs. Julie Chandrasekaran

Mr. I.S. Chaturvedi, Personal Secretary to the Prime Minister of the Republic of India, Indian Delegation

Senator Satveer Chaudhry, State Senator Colonel Ravi Chaudhry (Guest)

Ms. Rohini Chopra

Mr.Deepak Chopra, Mrs. Rita Chopra

The Honorable (Secretary) Steven Chu, Secretary of the Department of Energy Mrs. Jean Chu

The Honorable (Secretary) Hillary R. Clinton, Secretary of State

The Honorable (Rep.) James E. Clyburn, United States Representative (D/South Carolina)
Mrs. Emily Clyburn

The Honorable (Senator) Kent Conrad, United States Senator (D/North Dakota) Ms. Lucy Calutti, United States Senate Spouse (D/North Dakota)

Mr.
David Cote

Ms.Katie Couric
Mr. Brooks L Perlin

Mr.Greg Craig, Assistant to the President and Counsel to the President Mrs. Margaret D Craig

Mrs.Paula Crown, Mr. Jim Crown

The Honorable (Rep.) Elijah Cummings, United States Representative (D/Maryland) Mrs. Maya Rockeymoore

Senator Swati Dandekar, State Senator Mr. Arvind Dandekar

Mr. Rajesh De, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice

Nancy Ann DeParle, Office of Health Reform, Mr. Jason P DeParle

Ms. Bhairavi Desai, Javaid Tariq Dr.Vishakha N. Desai Robert Oxman

The Honorable (Senator) Chris Dodd, United States Senator (D/Connecticut) Mrs. Jackie Clegg Dodd

Mr. John Doerr

The Honorable (Mr.) Thomas Donilon, Assistant to the President, Deputy National Security Advisor, NSC Ms. Cathy Russell

The Honorable Anita Dunn, White House Communications Director Mr. Bob Bauer

Mr. Ari Emanuel, Mrs. Sarah Emanuel

The Honorable (Mr.) Rahm Emanuel, Chief of Staff to the President Ms. Amy Rule

The Honorable (Mr.) Jon Favreau, Assistant to the President and Director of Speechwriting

Ms. Sarah Feinberg, Office of the Chief of Staff

The Honorable (Mayor) Adrian Fenty, Mayor of the District of Columbia Mrs. Michelle Fenty

Ms.Michelle Flournoy

Mr.Thomas Friedman, Mrs. Ann Friedman

The Honorable (Mr.) Mike Froman, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs, NSC

Dr. Ashok S Ganguly

The Honorable (Mr.) Patrick Gaspard, Office of Political Affairs Mrs. Raina Washington

The Honorable Robert Gates

Ms. Charlene Gaynor,Mr. Richard Heiss

Mr. David Geffen, Mr. Jeremy Lingvall

The Honorable (Secretary) Timothy F. Geithner, Secretary of the Treasury Ms. Carole Sonnenfeld

The Honorable (Mr.) Robert Gibbs, White House Press Secretary

Mr. Anish Goel, Acting Senior Director, South Asia Affairs, NSC

Mr. Senapathy Gopalakrishnan

Mr.Mark Gorenberg, Ms. Wendy Wanderman

Mr.John Gorman, Mrs. Tamra Gorman

Representative Jay Goyal, State Representative, Kiran Goyal

Representative Raj Goyle, State Representative Mrs. Monica Arora t

The Honorable (Governor) Jennifer Granholm, Governor of Michigan (D) Mr. Daniel Mulhern, First Gentleman of Michigan
Mr.Earl G. Graves, Mrs. Barbara Graves, Ms.Geeta Rao Gupta, Mr. Arvind Gupta

Mr.Raj Gupta

Mr. Rajat Gupta, Mrs. Anita M Gupta

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Mrs. Rebecca Olson Gupta

Mr. Lee Hamilton, Mrs. Nancy Hamilton

The Honorable (Ms.) Kamala Harris, Ms. Maya Harris

Mr. Kamil Hassan, Mrs. Talat Hassan

Mr. George Haywood, Mrs. Cheryl J Haywood

The Honorable Fred Hochberg, Export-Import Bank Thomas P Healy

The Honorable (Rep.) Paul Hodes, United States Representative (D/New Hampshire) Mrs. Margaret Hodes

The Honorable (Attorney General) Eric Holder, United States Attorney General, Department of Justice Dr. Sharon Malone, MD

Dr. John P. Holdren, Dr. Cheryl E Holdren

The Honorable (Rep.) Eleanor Holmes-Norton, United States of Representative (D/DC) Mr. John Norton

Mr. Robert D Hormats, Under Secretary of State for Economic, Energy, and Agricultural Affairs, State Department Ms. Camille Massey

The Honorable (Rep) Steny Hoyer, United States Representative (D/Maryland) Ms. Kathleen May

Mr. Chris Hughes, Mr. Sean S Eldridge, Mr. Jeff Immelt, The Honorable (Senator) Daniel Inouye, United States Senator (D/Hawaii) Ms. Irene Hirano, United States Senate Spouse (D/Hawaii)

Mrs. Deepa Iyer, Mr. Parag Khandhar, Mr. Vasudeva Iyer

The Honorable (Administrator) Lisa Jackson, Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency
Mr. Kenneth Jackson

The Honorable (Ms.) Valerie Jarrett, Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor

The Honorable (Governor) Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana, Mrs. Supriya Jindal, First Lady of Louisiana

The Honorable (General) James Jones, Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor Mrs. Diane Jones

Mrs.Ann Jordan

Mr. Vernon Jordan

Mr.Anil Kakani

Mr.Farooq Kathwari, Mrs. Farida Kathwari

Mr.Neal Katyal, Principal Deputy Solicitor General, Office of the Solicitor General

Mr.Jeffrey Katzenberg, Mrs. Marilyn Katzenberg

Ms.Maneesha Kelkar, Manavi Vinay Vaishampayan

The Honorable (Senator) John Kerry, United States Senator (D/Massachusetts)

Dr.Harish Khare, Media Advisor to the Prime Minister of India, Indian Delegation

The Honorable (Mr.) Bradley Kiley, Office of Management and Administration Mr. James Coley, Jr.

Ms.Gayle King

The Honorable (Ambassador) Ron Kirk, USTR Mrs. Matrice Ellis-Kirk

The Honorable (Mr.) Ronald Klain, Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the Vice President, Office of the Vice President

Mrs.Chanda D Kochhar

His Excellency S.M. Krishna, Minister of External Affairs of the Republic of India, Indian Delegation

Ms.Gaitri Kumar, Joint Secretary (Americas), Ministry of External Affairs of the Republic of India, Indian Delegation

Mr.Vivek Kundra

Mrs.Jhumpa Lahiri,Mr. Alberto Vourvoulias

Mr.Marc Lasry,Cathy Lasry

Mr.Jacob Lew, Deputy Secretary, Department of State

The Honorable Gary Locke, Secretary of Commerce Mrs. Mona Locke

The Honorable (Mr.) Christopher Lu, Cabinet Affairs Ms. Kathryn Thomson

The Honorable (Senator) Richard Lugar, United States Senator (R/Indiana)

Mrs. Char Lugar, United States Senate Spouse (R/Indiana)

Mr.Michael Lynton

Ms. Elizabeth Jamie Alter

Mr.Surinder Malhotra

The Honorable (Chief of Protocol) Capricia Marshall

The Honorable (Ms.) Alyssa Mastromonaco, White House Office of Scheduling

Mr.Brian Mathis

Mrs. Tracey Kemble

Ms.Kiran Mazumda-Shaw

The Honorable (Senator) Claire McCaskill, United States Senator (D/Missouri)

Mr. Joseph Shepard, United States Senate Spouse

The Honorable (Rep) Jim McDermott, United States Representative (D/Washington)

Mrs. Therese Marie Hansen

Mr.Zarin Mehta

Ms. Carmen Lasky

The Honorable (Mr.) Jim Messina, Office of Chief of Staff

Mr.Judd Miner, Mrs. Linda Miner

Mr. Newt Minow, Mrs. Josephine Minow

Mr.Sunil Bharti Mittal

Kalpen Modi, Associate Director, Office of Public Engagement

AdmiralMichael Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mrs. Deborah Mullen

The Honorable (Secretary) Janet Napolitano, Secretary, Department of Homeland Security

His Excellency M.K. Narayanan, National Security Adviser of the Republic of India, Indian Delegation

Mr.Shantanu Narayen, Mrs. Reni Narayen

Mr.Raju Narisetti, Durga Raghunath

Mr.Martin Nesbitt

Ms. Anita Blanchard

Mr.Konrad Ng,Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng

Ms.Indra Nooyi

TheHonorable (Rep) David Obey, United States Representative (D/Wisconsin)

Mrs. Joan Obey

The Honorable (Mr.) Peter Orszag, Director, Office of Management & Budget

Mr.Jim Owens

Ms. Katie Owens

Mr.Deepak Parekh

Mr.Eboo Patel

Ms. Shehnez Mansuri

The Honorable (Governor) Deval Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts (D)

Mrs. Diane Patrick, First Lady of Massachusetts

The Honorable (Speaker) Nancy Pelosi, United States Representative (D/California) and Speaker of the House

Mr. Paul Pelosi
Mr. Dan Pfeiffer, White House Office of Communications

Mr.Sam Pitroda

Mrs. Anjana Pitroda

General Colin Powell

Ms. Alma Powell

Dr.Rachakonda D Prabhu, Dr. Lata Shete Prabhu

Mrs.Penny Pritzker

Dr. Brian Traubert

Ms.Kavita Ramdas

Her Excellency Nirupama Rao, Foreign Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs of the Republic of India, Indian Delegation

Ms.Preetha Reddy

The Honorable (Governor) Edward Rendell, Governor of Pennsylvania (D)

The Honorable (Judge) Marjorie Rendell, First Lady of Pennsylvania

Mr.Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting

The Honorable (Ambassador) Susan Rice, United States Ambassador to the United Nations

Mr. Ian Cameron

The Honorable (Governor) Bill Richardson, Governor of New Mexico (D)

Mrs. Barbara Richardson, First Lady of New Mexico

Ms.Robin Roberts

Mrs.Marian Robinson

Ambassador Timothy Roemer, US Ambassador to India

Mrs. Mary Johnston

Ms.Desiree Rogers, Special Assistant to the President and White House Social Secretary

Mr. John Rogers

TheHonorable (Dr.) Christina Romer, Chair, Council of Economic Advisers

Mr.Dennis Ross, NSC

The Honorable (Rep) Edward Randall Royce, United States Representative

Marie Therese Royce

Mr.Michael Sacks

Mrs. Cari Sacks

The Honorable (Rep.) Linda Sanchez, United States Representative (D/California)

Mr. James Sullivan, Guest of Then Honorable Linda Sanchez

Mr.Pankaj Saran, Joint Secretary to the Prime Minister of the Republic of India, Indian Delegation

His Excellency Shyam Saran, Special Envoy to the Prime Minister on Climate Change, Indian Delegation

Mr.Jaideep Sarkar, Personal Secretary to the Prime Minister of the Republic of India, Indian Delegation

Mr.Parag Saxena

TheHonorable (Rep.) Jan Schakowsky, United States Representative (D/Illinois)

Mr. Robert Creamer

The Honorable (Mr.) Phil Schiliro, Assistant to the President for Legislative
Affairs

Mrs. Jody Schiliro

Ms.Annetta Seecharran

Seema Agnani

Mr.Stuart Seldowitz, Acting Director for South Asia, NSC

Dr.Amartya Sen

Ms. Emma Georgina Rothschild

Under Secretary Rajiv J Shah, Under Secretary for Research, Education & Economics, Department of Agriculture

The Honorable Sonal Shah, Deputy Assist to the President, Director Office of SICP, Domestic Policy Council

Mr.Vinod Shah

Her Excellency Meera SHANKAR, Ambassador, India

TheHonorable Susan Sher, Assistant to the President/Chief of Staff to the First Lady

The Honorable (Mr.) Neil Cohen

Mr.M. Night Shyamalan

Mrs. Bhavna Shyamalan

Ms.Amrit Singh, Mr. Analjit Singh

Mr.Arun K. Singh, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the Republic of India, Indian Delegation

Mr.Balvinder Singh

Mr. Mohinder Singh

Mr.Lakhwinder Singh

Mrs. Sukhbir Kaur

Ms.Upinder Singh

Mr.Steven Spielberg

Mr.Sri Srinivasan
Ms. Carla Garrett

Ms.Srinija Srinivasan

TheHonorable (Mr.) Jim Steinberg, Deputy Secretary of State

Ms. Sherburne Bradstreet

Mrs.Semonti Stephens, Deputy Press Secretary, Office of the First Lady

Mr.Andy

Ms. Anna Burger

Mrs.Jane Stetson
Mr. Bill Stetson

Honorable(Dr.) Larry Summers, Director, National Economic Council

Dr. Elisa New

The Honorable (Ms.) Mona Sutphen, Office of Chief of Staff

Mr. Clyde Williams

Mr.Ratan Tata

TheHonorable (Ms.) Tina Tchen, Office of Public Liaison

Ambassador Vinai Thummalapally, Ambassador, Embassy of Belize

Mrs. Barbara Thummalapally

Mr.Jim Torrey

Ms. Rose P Lynch

Mr.Richard Trumka

Mr. Paul H Lemmon

Ms.Urvashi Vaid
Ms. Kate Clinton

Mr.Kirk Wagar
Ms. Crystal Connor

Dr.Eric E. Whitaker

Dr. Cheryl Whitaker

Mr.Brian Williams
Mrs. Jane Williams

Mr.Wellington Wilson

Mrs. Wilson

Mr.Neal Wolin, Deputy Secretary, Department of Treasury

Ms.Alfre Woodard
Mr. Blair E Underwood

Mr.Fareed Zakaria, Ms. Paula Throckmorton Zakaria

Expectedly, the menu had some Indian touches to it…..tomato chutney, green curry prawns, and coconut aged basmati to name some. Desserts included cashew brittle, which folks back home would call chikki.

Dinner Menu

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
or
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

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