2010 CommonWealth Games Opening Ceremony - What a Show - Mind Blasting I Say!!!

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Here the Images and Updates on The Mind Blasting Event .. For Videos - Please Click Here (The First Videos Of the Ceremony On Web)

 
The National Anthem
 
 The Colorful Galore Enchanting the Vistors
 
The Aerostat Played A Great Role
 
The Bodhi Tree Signifying Knowledge
 
The Yoga
 
Whatz This???

DELHI: One could almost run out of words to describe the Opening Ceremony of the XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi. A Big  to the opening ceremony.You can feel the opening ceremony's boundless, relentless energy. When thousands of voices roar in unison and the air reverberates with a force that connects to your core. Waves of sound overwhelm your soul, and for that one fragment of time , you become part of a single, throbbing organism,. 50000-strong.

Minutes after the dignitaries arrived at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, the 60,000 attendees at the Opening Ceremony stood at attention for the National Anthem of India. A countdown took place to the tunes of Nagada drummers for the ceremonies to begin. It kicked off by the rising of the aerostat by snake charmers and a spectacular display of lights.

Several rounds of fireworks lit the skies of Delhi and raised a huge applause from the stadium.   After the aerostat was in place, the Rhythms of India segment brought in drummers from all corners of India; the Pung Cholum from Manipur, the Chenda from Kerala, Gaja Dhol, Wangala, Dholu Kunitha and the Bhangra, including the sensational Keshav on Tabla, a child prodigy from Auroville, Puducherry. The Swagatham song followed the Rhythms of India performed by the famous Hariharan. Words from 18 different languages of India appeared on the aerostat, all translating to ‘Welcome’.

Schoolchildren from all around Delhi swayed to the tunes of Hariharan and later pulled a fabric over their heads and painted two mehndi-stained palms which resemble the ‘swagatham’ or ‘namaste’ gesture.

 After the cultural display, the athletes parade started with the marching in of athletes and officials from all 71 nations and territories ending with India to a huge applause from the audience.A festive crowd of almost 60,000 packed the stadium and lustily cheered through the ceremony. They cheered former President A P J Abdul Kalam (who got the biggest hand), UPA chief Sonia Gandhi, Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit and other luminaries. They cheered the performers. They gave a standing ovation to the Indian contingent. And, in a truly moving moment that warmed the hearts of even the most cynical, they reserved the second-biggest round of applause for the Pakistani contingent.

Spectators already in a trance following the initial part of the show were left enthralled as the Tree of Knowledge sprang to life. Representing the Bodhi Tree, the brilliantly-lit and colourful display was choreographed by some of India’s most famous exponents of dance. Tabla, Sitar and Mridangam players joined Bharatnatyam, Odissi, Kathak, Manipuri, Mohiniyattam and Kuchipudi dancers in paying homage to India’s famed Guru-Shishya tradition.

Images of Gautama Buddha were projected onto the aerostat which, as the centrepiece, changed colours to reflect the passage of seasons.

A sporting event is always about human fitness and health. And what better way to focus on health than a segment on the ancient Indian philosophy of Yoga? Performers displayed some very complicated asanas to depict the famous Yogic way of life – representing the union of mind, body and soul – as the ephemeral shape of a man and chakras representing Kundalini energy rose from the ground! As the lights went dim, Buddhist chants, hymns, azaan and Gurbani sounded to remind the audience of India’s famous diversity, one that permeates to the very soul.

Of course, what would India be without its famous railways? Not just a lifeline that connects all corners of the nation, the Great Indian Journey is an indelible part of our popular culture. The colours of India, the hustle-and-bustle of its markets, the variety of its folk culture and the symbols that touch everyone’s lives, came together to show the vibrancy of its harmonious society that is united in its diversity.

It was then time to pay homage to the Father of the Indian Nation, Mahatma Gandhi in Mahatma and Ahimsa. Skilled artists depicted the Apostle of Peace’s life through spectacular sand drawings.

The audience was then treated to Celebrating India - a graceful exposition of dance from across the nation. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, Oscar-winning composer and musician Mr. A.R. Rahman took his place on stage for the Grand Finale! The audience was in raptures as Mr. Rahman, who enjoys the sort of adulation normally reserved for rock stars, performed his Delhi 2010 Anthem, Jiyo, Utho, Badho, Jeeto and his Academy Award-winning Jai Ho!

What Shown Was Just a Part of Indian aroma - But Still it was Out of the World , Mind Blowing , Grand, Stunning , (My Vocab is pretty poor) .. Thats the variety, colors and vastness of Indian Heart   

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