Kolkata : Indian Premier League, the most awaited event had kick started with a grand opening ceremony. The stadium at Kolkata is completely packed with the audience.
Online PR News – 06-April-2013 – hyderabad – Kolkata News in India : Indian Premier League, the most awaited event had kick started with a grand opening ceremony. The stadium at Kolkata is completely packed with the audience. Bollywood Baadshah Shahrukh along with beauties Deepika Padukone and Katrina Kaif had saluted the audience and entertained them with performances. The drum feats by the Chinese women surprisingly are a special attraction at the opening ceremony.
Coming to Shahrukh, he had shaken the stages at IPL opening event, He is entertained many songs along with his favourite 'Kuch Kuch Hota hai'. While he was performing, Bengal CM Mamamta Banergee in the front row of the audience was praising and encouraging the King Khan with her claps.
As per the reports, Shahrukh Khan, the co-owner of Kolkata Knight Riders, has proved what he promised to his fans. As per SRK's promise, the opening ceremony of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) witnessed a grand and extravagant performance by Khan, Deepika Padukone, Pitbull and Katrina Kaif. As per the reports, around 50,000 spectators were present at the brightly-lit Salt Lake stadium.
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, Shahrukh's voice boomed Tagore's "Where the mind is without fear" in the background. It was a dazzling ceremony combining Bollywood's glamour quotient and a medley of diverse cultures showcased by American rapper Pitbull and Tagore's compositions, that kick started the year's most-awaited event at Kolkata. Go through the below slider to check out the pictures of IPL 6 opening ceremony.
Thanking West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and everyone associated with IPL, Khan broke out to a medley of 'Koi Mil Gaya' and 'Ladki Badi anjaani Hai' surrounded by a clutch of children in colourful gowns who lovingly kissed the superstar leaving bright pink lipstick marks. Continuing the 'party', Khan grooved to Pitbull's popular party anthem 'Hotel Room' that merged into rhythmic Afro beats of 'Chammak Challo'.
Giving the mixed audience a dose of nostalgia SRK hit off to 'Yeh Kaali Kaali aankhen' and rounding it up with 'Criminal' as he meandered onto the ground. Khan then invited veteran artists Bappi Lahiri and Usha Utthup, who added to the euphoria with yesteryear hit songs such as 'hari om hari' and 'rambha ho'. It reached a crescendo when the evening's biggest attraction of them all, Pitbull, took to the stage.
The 120,000 capacity football stadium transformed into a magical kaleidoscope of Rabindra Sangeet, Bollywood dance, songs and, above all, unfettered enthusiasm as the 2013 leg formally opened with all the nine team captains taking the ICC Spirit of Cricket Pledge, 'Play hard, play fair'. Flying drummers, Chinese percussionists, fireworks were the some of the other attractions that were on offer for the event.
After that a collection of balloons rose slowly and smoothly into the hot air above to the sound of drums, music and the cheers of people, with a performer carrying the winner's trophy. The 1 hour and 45 minute extravaganza, which was high on entertainment, have surely made the 60,000-plus turnout forget the controversial build up cash-rich T20 league.
The opening though, at times, appeared to have fallen short of the standards Khan had promised prior to the event. Divided into six segments, the evening began with Khan doing a poetic rendition of popular Rabindra Sangeet Aguner Paroshmani with the popular poetry 'Where the mind is without fear " being played in the background. As is the tournament's wont, the build-up to this edition, too, had been blighted by controversies, but the gala opening has put to rest all apprehensions.
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