The International Fleet Review (IFR) 2016 formally opened this evening at a colourful ceremony, which saw a dash of cultural performance, Andhra Pradesh origin dance forms and scintillating show by the Sri Lankan Naval band and dance troupe. The ceremony was held at Command Stadium, INS Satavahana where Governor of Andhra Pradeshi E S L Narasimhan was the chief guest, while Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu was the Guest of Honour. The highlight was the presence of Bollywood stars Akshay Kumar and Kangana Ranaut, the brand ambassadors of IFR. Cultural performances by Shiamak Davar troupe kept the adrenaline level high, while Joe Barua Band, medley by Sameer and Abhiruchi enthralled the audience. Traditional Andhra Pradesh origin dance forms Kuchipudi and Dhimsa were showcased by the Gandham group. The programme culminated with a scintillating performance of the Sri Lankan Naval band and dance troupe. State Ministers, MPs, Member of Legislative Assembly and Council of Andhra Pradesh and delegation heads of Navies from several countries graced the occasion.
In addition, officers and crew members of visiting foreign ships also attended the mega event. Meanwhile, as part of security arrangement police have said nobody will be allowed at IFR main venue on February 7 without valid entry pass accompanied by an identity card. Police Commissioner Amit Garg said the district administration has issued 1.5 lakh passes for general public to watch IFR activities on February 7 at Beach Road here. The passes will be cross checked with photo ID before admission. Pass holders will have to carry at least one photo identity card such as Aadhaar, driving licence, PAN and passport, for entry into the venue, Additional DG (Law and Order) R P Thakur said.