The much-awaited opening ceremony of the fifth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will be a grand spectacle, as international pop star Katy Perry will perform on the big night.
Apart from the American singer, Bollywood biggies Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra and Amitabh Bachchan, along with southern superstar Prabhu Deva — who is choreographing his own act — will also deliver power-packed acts at the event, to be held on April 3 at Chennai’s YMCA College of Physical Education.
"We look forward to Ms Perry’s participation at the IPL 2012 Opening Nite. A performer of her calibre makes the occasion even more special for the players, organisers and fans," says IPL Chairman, Rajeev Shukla, adding: "This year’s ceremony will be something that’s never been seen before in IPL."
Others who’ll be performing are Colonial Cousins — the band formed by singer Hariharan and singer-composer Leslie Lewis, and international artist Ravi Drums. "It will be a two-hour event. Shiamak Davar is putting together the show, and Mudassar Khan will choreograph Salman’s performance," reveals Sabbas Joseph of Wizcraft, the company that is managing the event. Contrary to reports, Big B is not hosting the event.
Cricket feast in the Capital
IPL fever will soon sweep the Capital as city restaurants prepare to lure sport fans with special menus and mocktails named after the field heroes:
Mahi Platter @ Rs 495
Named after Captain Dhoni is a fish platter at Spasso, Saket. Also, there’s Bhajji Balls and Sehwag Special with beer
Tandoor se Bhajji @ Rs 425
If you walk in sporting cricket merchandise at 1 Boulevard, Saket, you get treated to complimentary dishes such as Tandoor Se Bhajji and Sachin Fish curry
Zaheer Khan Seekh @ Rs 250
Get Zaheer Khan Seekh (Rs 250) and Dhoni Burger (Rs 250) with Knock Out, Master Blaster pitchers at Rs 750 at 1440-The 24 hour Lounge & Café at Hotel Vikram, Lajpat Nagar
Virat Strong @ Rs 450
‘Incredible Peelao League’ (IPL) at Out of the Box in Khan Market offers cocktails such as Virat Strong and Sachin King.