Bollywood dazzles in Melbourne Commonwealth Games


India’ s rich culture and heritage came alive in Melbourne with the coming together of sports icons and bollywood celebrities for the closing ceremony of the 19th Commonwealth Games on Sunday 26 March. There was a special performance put up by this team of delegates from India. This was an eleven-minute performance to introduce and give a feel of India, as Delhi will be the next host for the Commonwealth games in 2010.
The spectacular performance included sounds of conches, chimes and bhangra music, which delighted over one lakh spectators at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. ‘Shera’ the mascot of the Delhi games was brought into the stadium by former Miss World Priyanka Chopra and former Miss Universe Lara Dutta. Several famous Indian Sports icons like Sunil Gavaskar, Milkha Singh, Kapil Dev, Prakash Padukone, P T Usha, Anju Bobby George, Michael Ferreira and Karan Singh sportingly participated in a parade delivering a message of friendship, love and peace from India.

The Aussies were also thrilled to get a chance to see their favourite bollywood celebs like Saif Ali Khan, Rani Mukherjee and Aishwarya Rai performing their spectacular dance sequences. Rani Mukherjee performed a semi-classical dance, which was a fusion of Odissi style dance performed on her film tracks. She also did the bhangra along with Saif Ali Khan. A 45 second video promoting Indian culture was also showcased along with music composed by Ranjit Barot. As a grand finale, the theme song ‘Chalo Delhi’ was sung by Sonu Nigam, Shiamak Davar, Sunidhi Chauhan and Shreya Ghoshal. The music for the song was composed by Shankhar, Ehsaan and Loy, while the lyrics were written by Gulzaar.

At the end of the programme, the stadium erupted in a dramatic pyrotechnics display featuring the three colours of the Indian flag. The traditionally attired dancers then made a formation to spell out the words ‘See you Delhi 2010. It was truly a breathtaking song and dance spectacle.