A grand opening, and a grander closing. The Commonwealth Games will conclude in as much, if not more, style as they opened, say organisers. Martial arts performances, a musical by thousands of school children, and a march-past by athletes from all the countries — the one-and-a-half hour long ceremony, to be held in the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on October 14, already has Delhiites scampering for tickets.
“There will be about 5,000 performers,” says dancer Pratibha Prahlad, a member of the CWG opening and closing ceremony creative team. The ceremony will have two major segments — one where school children will perform to Vande Mataram, and the other, showcasing several Indian martial arts forms. “The patriotic segment will bring tears to your eyes. There are 2,800 garments that we’ve created for it,” says designer Leena Singh.
While singer Kailash Kher, who is speculated to perform, refused to confirm, Bharat Bala, the creative head for the closing ceremony, said, “Big names are involved, but the holistic look of the ceremony will steal the show, and not the celebrities. Scotland, which is hosting the 2014 Commonwealth Games, also has a 10-minute segment, which see 400 performers in an act. The last segment of the show will be a musical with 2,500 performers. “There will be Sufi, world, Punjabi, fusion and Bollywood music,” says Prahlad. “The colour palette is completely different from what we did for the opening. The clothes that the performers will wear will be a mix of the modern and classical Indian aesthetics,” says designer Ana Singh.
150 crore: Speculated budget for the closing ceremony
5,000: Total number of performers
9 different forms of traditional Indian martial arts will be performed
6 different musical forms, including fusion and Bollywood songs, will be performed
90 minutes: Duration of the performance