Sunday, 3 October 2010

Rahman enthralls audience, beckons athletes to perform

A R Rahman had the 60,000 strong crowd at the glitzy Commonwealth Games opening ceremony up and dancing here on Sunday with his rendition of the theme song 'Jeeyo Utho Badho Jeeto', which had received brickbats when it was first unveiled in August.

The Academy Award winning musician had promised to go beyond Shakira's soccer anthem 'Waka Waka' with the composition and he delivered a powerful performance, backed by a spectacle of dancers.

Amidst a colourful play of fire works and 500,000 watts of music, the crowd cheered as the aerostat came alive with vivid imagery.

Dressed casually in a white jacket-and-denims combination, the hitmaker was welcomed by loud cheering as he stepped on to the stage to perform the theme song.

Flanked by dancers in red and white, Rahman also performed his international hit 'Jai Ho' which won him an Oscar last year.

The theme song which is based on the motto of the Games, "Come out and play", was the grand finale to the cultural extravaganza which was put together by some 7000 artistes.

Adding to the special effects were the hundreds of light beams that crisscrossed each other. During the entire song, fire crackers went up in the air illuminating an otherwise dark sky.

The audience included Prince Charles, his wife Camilla Parker Bowles, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, President Pratibha Patil and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and an estimated 2 billion people who watched the ceremony on live television around the world.

The original version of the song had got a lukewarm response and was then tweaked and turned into a peppy sports anthem.

The 44-year-old musician had won two coveted Oscar trophies in 2009 for his compositions in the Mumbai based potboiler 'Slumdog Millionaire'.


Anonymous said...

Starting with begining, we all know what world was takin about CWG corruption in India, kalmadi et al and others were equally involved in curruption,(& yes! they are to some extent), should not they punished for that after the end of CWG delhi. but ok ! we'll discuss about all these after all our guest will have gone to their nations.

now! who is there who hadnt enjoyed the ceremony? well!! im not from them.
I really really enjoyed the opeing ceremony specially the traditional drummer groups, 7 yrs old tabla master, hariharan & what about those school children who quicky in a minute made colorful MEHENDI in white canvas and that too, beneath canvas(or cloth whatever).. there was nothing which went wrong in creation of that art so heartly congrats to those delhi school children..

AR Rehman was again there to thrill everybody. however CWG theme song could be more better( it looks somethng like artists AR havent worked out well for music and what came on mind, they had just put the lyrics on that music).

Dress/uniform wore by Indian sportsman crew was not only traditional but also very fashionble( better than rajashani yellow pagadi plus sherwani & others) . Color was also good and Indian girls are looking awesome in saari( takin about those who had flags of different nations).

about AEROSTAT which several have reported that it was first time to include in any sports ceremony( really!!!) , if it s true,, then really INDIA, u need not to look to others, now everyone will look at u and compare u with their events. Reflections and graphics on aerostat was appearing as if we re dreaming and several colorful pictures are coming in our mind. wow!!

allover, it was a amazing ceremony and hope that next few days till the end of this event would go in similar fashion and our GUESTS would say: INDIA ! u make me happy....

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