Lyricist Prasoon Joshi, who along with veteran filmmaker Shyam Benegal and poet, lyricist-scriptwriter Javed Akhtar, is part of the three-member core committee set up to envisage the opening and closing ceremonies for the Commonwealth Games 2010, says that the creative concept was submitted to the government many months ago.
“They’ve approved of it and it’s at the execution stage,” informs Joshi, just back from the US. “We had recommended Bharat Bala as creative director and he’s working on the two galas.”
Refusing to divulge details about the cremonies, Joshi says. “There will be plenty of music and dance, amazing choreography that will mirror India’s many strengths and its vision for the future, interwoven by a narrative structure.” Joshi, along with Akhtar and Benegal, was recruited in an advisory capacity but says the trio is available to the government whenever required, right up to the unveiling in Delhi on October 3 and the wrap on October 14 this year.
Point to the confusion surrounding the Games and he reasons that chaos is a part of India. “We work in a certain way and though it would have been nice had things happened faster, believe me, we’re well on track,” he asserts. “There’s no looking back now. With just 40 days to go, we have to do it. This is our chance to showcase India to the world and we will get it right.”