The closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games promises to be just as spectacular as the opening event. The spectators are in for a brilliant performance by hundreds of acrobatic men displaying India's age old martial arts prowess.
The organisers have roped in 600 ace performers of Indian traditional martial arts, who are being trained by Samudra Arts troupe of Kerala for the October 14 event.
The performers, roped in from several states, will showcase eight forms of martial arts as ‘Tribute to the Energy in Sports’.
Apart from the usual Kalaripayattu from Kerala, which is arguably the most visible Indian martial art, the creative team of the ceremonies has brought in little-known disciplines as well.
Tamil Nadu's Silambam will have its dazzling display of weaponry; while Punjab's Gatka will show thousand-year-old style of battle-tested martial art.
Ferocious Naga warriors will share space with the spellbinding Talwar Raas of Gujarat, while Maharashtra's Dand Patta will be pitted against Manipur's Thang Ta, which literally means ‘Sword and spear’.
Divided in four segments, there will be a farewell song, Universal Love (music of all kinds), and of course, an act by the Organising Committee for the 2014 Commonwealth Games to be held in Glasgow.
The Aerostat, sources said, will be decked up to resemble a chandelier. Organisers hope that just like the Opening ceremony marked a dazzling start to the much contentious event, the Closing Ceremony will draw the curtains on a spectacular note.
“It was the sheer management of the show producers and the men on the ground that saw us through at the Opening Ceremony, despite several odds,” said veteran theatre personality Bansi Kaul, who is the show director of the ceremonies. “The Closing ceremony, too, will be as dazzling and everything will be alright.”
Kaul is one of the least-credited names behind the success of the opening ceremony that turned the tide for the beleaguered OC.
Kaul arranged for around 4,000 of the 7,000 performers that participated in the event on Sunday, despite joining the team just four months ago.
Kaul was all praise for the grounds staff of event managers, Wizcraft.
“Just a few days before the event, creative executives stayed up all night for days to fill up thousands of accreditation forms for performers because the police had refused to allow anyone inside without accreditation,” he said.