India flavour of the day at White House

First lady Michelle Obama's strapless, floor-length, champagne-coloured gown - the creation of Indian-born designer Naeem Khan - was accessorised with shiny Indian churis. The deep purple flower arrangements at each dinner table paid homage to the peacock, India's state bird. And, perhaps most notably, in a sign of bipartisan support in Washington for the U.S.-India relationship, guests at President Barack Obama's first state dinner, held in honour of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, dined off plates belonging to George W. Bush and Bill Clinton's state china services.

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