Delhi artistes, who performed at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Jawaharlal Nehru stadium feel that the organisers were unfair to them by not telecasting their performances. The live telecast began at 7pm, while their performances were wrapped up half an hour in advance.
Singer Shibani Kashyap said, “We were told that the telecast will begin at 6 pm, but it started an hour later. It was a bit unfair, because they didn’t even tell us that it wasn’t being shown on TV. I had sung a song dedicated to Shera (the Games’ mascot), so I think it made sense to show it on TV.” Music composer Anand Raj Anand, who had a 10-minute performance, said, “I am happy that my performance was received well by the spectators. It’s just that had it been telecast live, my friends would have been happier.”
Singer Vikramjit Singh Sahney said it was a “proud moment to perform” but did not comment on the telecasting bit. An artist, on condition of anonymity, however said, “They were showing commentary on the history of Commonwealth Games at that time, which could have been done later.”