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Bollywood rules as IPL-6 kicks off with dazzling opening ceremony

SRK, Pitbull showcase diverse culture at IPL opening ceremony

Kolkata, Apr 3 (IANS):
A dazzling and extravagant ceremony combining Bollywood's glamour quotient and a medley of diverse cultures showcased by American rapper Pitbull and Tagore's compositions heralded the start of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) here Tuesday.

Promising a "great time" and a "party", Bollywood Badshah Shah Rukh Khan and the leading ladies of Bollywood Deepika Paudkone and Katrina Kaif kept around 50,000 spectators at the brightly-lit Salt Lake stadium - and millions more glued to Tv sets in their drawing rooms - with their enthralling performances.

The much-awaited show started with classical dancers serenading two giant lamps, and dancing in white, gold and red with diyas in hands. As more dancers joined in, Shah Rukh's voice boomed Tagore's "Where the mind is without fear" in the background.

Music director Pritam's composition that incorporated Afro beats amped up the music as hundreds of children, holding aloft torches that sparkled in the summer evening, moved gracefully on the ground below the elevated stage to form 'Om'.

Jumping into the arena bordered by artificial crags and peaks, cheerleaders in bright hues of red, white, and blue embraced the stage in jumps and lifts as golden curtains drew back to reveal acrobats cartwheeling across the stage.

Spectators cheered as the flying drummers from Europe descended from the roof while back on the grass children grooved to Pritam's composition in a flurry of pompoms, tassels, umbrellas and shimmering red and gold flags.

Gymnasts in shiny costumes bobbed across the stage and playground whirling streamers as violinists struck up a soulful note.

Meanwhile, Chinese women percussionists positioned across the lawn fired up the musical gala as nine balloons representing the teams synced up to the giant ball that went up sporting the IPL logo.

Amid the cultural mix, cricket also took the centrestage as captains of the nine participating teams joined hands to sign the ICC spirit of cricket pledge "Play hard, play fair" with former Indian cricketer Ravi Shastri administering the oath.

The IPL trophy was dropped into Kolkata Knight Rider captain Gautam Gambhir's hands by a woman breezing through the air suspended to a mass of balloons.

Khan made a grand entrance to a track from "Don" in the much anticipated Bollywood showdown. Breaking out to hits like "Chammak Challo", "Koi Mil Gaya", "Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhen", King Khan garnered maximum audience applause.

Mesmerising spectators by grooving to hits like "Angrezi beat", "Sajday Main" and "Yo Yo Honey Singh", Deepika took to the stage in a black outfit.

The glam quotient went up a notch as Katrina gracefully yet energetically performed to hits like "Tera Hone Laga Hoon", "Chikni Chameli", "Touch Me" etc. looking elegant in a black ghagra and choli.

Indian singer Usha Uthup and Bollywood music director Bappi Lahiri kept the audiences enthralled with disco tracks "Koi Yahan Nache Nache", "Hari Om Hari" and "Rambha Ho".

Youngsters in the audience crooned with Pitbull belting out hits like "Hey Baby", "Sexy and I know It" and "International Love" swathed in a black tuxedo and glares.

Bollywood buffs wanting more were not disappointed as Shah Rukh stepped back onto the stage with Katrina and Deepika in arms to "Gangnam style" playing in the background.

Fireworks lit up the night sky as SRK, Katrina and Deepika rounded off the spectacle.


Comments on this article
Kelvin Castelino, Mangalore/Bangalore
Wednesday, April 03, 2013

When was the last time you went to office/work place, and didnt take your salary! Its true that they earn more than some of us, but its their pay scale! They entertain millions and they get paid for it! You do your work, and you get paid accordingly! So what rights you have to judge their pay and way of life, when yours and mine is similar, but with less pay and expense scale.

SRIDHAR SHETTY, DOHA /BARKUR
Wednesday, April 03, 2013

wow...pitbull in india!!!popa popa i knw u want me!!!! rain over me .... grt show nice pitbull in india ........

Naveen D'souza, Valencia-Kuwait
Wednesday, April 03, 2013

THIS GAME IS GOOD FOR ALL LEVEL OF PLAYER. OTHERWISE SOME STARS THEY WILL NOT GET A CHANCE TO PLAY A INDIA TEAM, THEY WILL HAPPY TO EARN SOME MORE MONEY FROM THE IPL GAME.

SM, Bangalore
Wednesday, April 03, 2013

I had gone to watch a match in Bangalore at Chinnaswamy Stadium ,and later realised that t IPL is totally a commercial event. This is just making a cricketer a little more richer and we loose our hardened money.That was the first and last match for me to go to the Stadium and watch. I have decided to take my family for a Dinner with the same amount that i would spend going and watching a match.Totally agree with Rahul on his comment.

Rahul, Mangalore
Wednesday, April 03, 2013

By IPL the game of cricket has lost its fame..... This IPL is nothing but an money game and its totally an useless, waste and corruption game....

HENRY MISQUITH, Bahrain
Wednesday, April 03, 2013

All these actors become fat on the money spent by 60 percent low income group but they never give back anything to them plus evading taxes plus these gala events throwing away precious resources and (even if that's ok) why don't they conduct shows twice a year to help the needy? Do they only want to use the celebrity status for their enjoyment which was actually given to them by the public.

Ravi Bhaskar Shenava, MANGALORE
Wednesday, April 03, 2013

These actors charge Crores of rupees fees to dance in IPL too, even though some of them are IPL franchisees themselves. No Hindi actor ever does anything freely. The word Charity is not there in their dictionary. such a money-minded people these filmy people are. Now even Indian Cricketers are following in the foot-steps of Bollywood people in being greedy. Australian & English Cricketers are spending lots of money and time for Charity. But have you ever heard any Indian Cricketer spending even one rupees for charity ? They only spend money for visiting Temples or for falling at the feet of fake God-men. After all IPL means Indian Paisa Loot.

 
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