Since Asian Games, its first time when India is going to host world’s second largest sporting event, while celebrations have already started in my neighborhood country and being an excited neighbor I cant wait for this Sunday patiently. Dances, drums, music, yoga, textiles…The sights, sounds and colours of India, encapsulating 5,000 years of the country’s culture, are set to mesmerise at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony Oct 3 and the creative team behind it says they are ready and waiting!
The opening ceremony of the Delhi 2010 will have a total of 7,000 men, women and children putting up as many as six different performances. For the first time in the history of the Games the athletes will march into the stadium during the opening segment of the ceremony after which they will be seated to enjoy the ceremony. The ceremony has been divided into six segments – Rhythm of India, Swagatam, Tree of Knowledge, Yoga, Great Indian Journey and A.R. Rahman’s rendition of the CWG anthem, informed Bharat Bala, who is among the creative team for the event. Rhythm of India will be a blend of different drums from India and will involve around 1,000 drummers creating a symphony. Popular singer Hariharan will then sing a welcome song, which will be a cocktail of Hindustani, classical, Carnatic and folk music, and around a 1,000 school children from the capital will perform on it. Following this would be the Tree of Knowledge. Next will be a “unique segment” featuring over 1,000 yoga performers, followed by the Great Indian Journey, which will give a glimpse of rural India with the help of 1,500 performers. The first 10 minutes of the Games opening ceremony will exhibit the rich textiles and traditional crafts of India. To be shown in the first segment, it will showcase the rich heritage, art and craft of handloom weavers and artisans of India.The crescendo to the grand, two-and-a-half hour ceremony will be brought by Oscar winning composer A.R. Rahman. He will be singing the Games anthem “Jiyo Utho Badho Jeeto”, and will also render his award winning number “Jai Ho” and his most popular number “Maa Tujhe Salaam”.
Bharat Bala says there is elaborate choreography for the last segment that would involve a huge number of performers. To project India’s secular culture, azaan, will be a part of the background score at the opening and closing ceremonies of the Commonwealth Games. A qawwali soundtrack, props on the celebration of Eid and Mughal monuments will also be shown.There will be other attractions at the event too, including the Rs.40 crore aerostat that will be multipurpose, with video content being projected on it. The projections will include animation and graphics.
The Queen’s Baton will arrive at the stadium at 20:26 hours after completing its’ 170,000kms journey across the Commonwealth’s 71 Nations and Territories including Pakistan. The Baton will be received by HRH The Prince of Wales who will read The Queen’s message, which ends with the opening of the Games. The President of India will then deliver her address and signal the commencement of the Games.
In spite of all the criticism Indian officials are determined and excited to produce best ever common wealth games, wish if I could also attend upcoming ceremony but due to a scheduled exam and political barriers it isn’t possible right now (hope things will be much better in future) but wont miss live tv coverage. Best wishes from Pakistan.