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Tales of diverse entertainment

cricket Updated: Apr 29, 2008 03:07 IST
K R Guruprasad
K R Guruprasad
Hindustan Times
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Just when the clock struck seven on Monday evening, the floodlights here at the Chinnaswamy Stadium went off. But before you could utter Kolkata, a laser show took over leaving the huge crowd amazed.

The hi-tech light show at what is possibly the most colourful stadium in the IPL could not have more aptly reflected the spirit of the city called the Silicon Valley of India for being the software capital of India. That's pretty much been the case at all venues.

And those who believe that such a league within a country would not offer much of diversity in terms of following and atmosphere as an international series, would need to do a rethink.

One has to only look at the entertainment packages that precede the matches. It is Daler Mehndi and his bhangra that brings Mohali to life. In Chennai, it is the noted percussionist Sivamani who enthralls the crowd bringing them on to their feet before the action in the field takes over.

The Chennai team walks out to the famous music piece from Rajnikanth starrer Muthu. The fans are in a frenzy when the giant speakers dish out songs from Sivaji, a blockbuster movie with the same star.

In Bangalore on Monday, the crowd went hysterical when Kannada singer Gurukiran sang.

Huttidare Kannada naadalli hutta beku (If you are to be born you should take birth in the land of Kannada). The song was originally filmed on legendary movie star late Rajkumar in the film Aakasmika and it can almost be called Karnataka anthem.

Kolkata team franchise owner Shah Rukh Khan unveiled the catchy theme song for his side called Korbo, Lorbo, Jeetbo and this song has become a common thread among fans of this team with golden helmet.

Mumbai, the home of Bollywood, before its first match had film stars Kareena Kapoor, Anil Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan promoting their latest film Tashan.

While fans are getting their dose of entertainment before matches, the diversity or differences between two cities has not yet been a problem among them. Given Tamil Nadu and Karnataka's relationship, Wednesday's clash between Bangalore and Chennai could have been bitter one.

But the crowd was congenial and loud cheer was reserved for the visiting team captain Dhoni when he came in to bat.

And just before cricket took centrestage, the loudest cheer of the evening was reserved for the Bangalore team's cheerleading girls from the USA.