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Celebrating the cultures of sub continent

cricket Updated: Feb 17, 2011 00:46 IST
Debjeet Kundu
Debjeet Kundu
Hindustan Times
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Dhaka’s Bangabandhu National Stadium will turn into an ocean for once, an amphitheatre showing the Bengali Language Movement the next moment and then a rock concert arena to usher in the World Cup 2011.

And with over 4000 performers — apart from 1000 technicians — the organizers of the event say that this is going to be “the biggest opening extravaganza any cricket event has ever seen”.

“The theme of the event will be showcasing Colours of India, Bangaladesh and Sri Lanka,” says Sabbas Joseph, director, Wizcraft, the organizers of the gala show. While folk dance forms like Bihu, Kashmiri, Tamil — among others — will constitute the India part, Sri Lanka’s performance will showcase the nation as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean.

The entire stadium will converted into a sea (through lazer lights),” says Joseph.

Bangladesh will showcase the Bhasha Andolan [Bengali Language Movement] of 1952.

Also, keeping in mind the sub-continental touch, the captains of all the 14 teams will arrive at the stadium on cycle-rickshaws.

Apart from rock legend Bryan Adams and singer Sonu Nigam, composer-singer trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy will sing the Cup anthem in three different languages — Bangla, Hindi and Sinhalese.

Bangladesh prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, will declare the World Cup open.