Sunday, 3 October 2010

CWG Opening ceremony takes spectators to Great Indian journey

Think Gandhi, think India. Think tea stalls and sweetmeat shops, think India. Think Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh and Aamir Khan, think India.

A brilliantly choreographed piece, the 'Great Indian Journey', at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games Sunday evening was a sneak peek into what India is all about.

Setting the mood was a train that arrived with popular TV anchor Hussain Kuwajerwala dancing to the beats of Bollywood number 'Chaiyya Chaiyya' on top of it, just like the on-screen number.

Thereafter it was a medley of scenes typical of India. There were milkmen riding around in bicycles, a mobile bangle shop, a cycle shop, Mumbai's dabbawalahs, rural India's folkfore.

There were people dressed as fishermen, politicians in a white ambassador, blacksmiths and the like.

There was also a wedding band, a kite shop, a moving theatre with huge cutouts of Bollywood actors Amitabh Bacchan, Shah Rukh and Aamir Khan.

Artists performing traditional dances like bihu, Rajasthani dance, bhangra and bamboo dance were part of the colourful show.

The piece culminated with Mahatma Gandhi's portrait floating up on the stage, and artists creating famous Dandi march on sand. Prince Charles and his wife were particularly enthralled to see the fine sandwork done to showcase India's journey to Independence.
A special performance of Yoga by group of over 800 people highlighted India's approach to wellness and health.

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