The Commonwealth Games celebrations took off with the launch of the high-spirited Games theme song, Jiyo Utho Badho Jeeto, by Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman, at a glittering ceremony in Gurgaon on Saturday.
“From today onwards, the CWG song will resound for the remaining days and it will be sung by everybody present in the stadium during the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games that would depict India’s 5000-year-old culture to the world,” said Suresh Kalmadi, chairman of the Organising Committee of XIX Commonwealth Games.
He also claimed that Delhi was going to have world-class infrastructure, including the Games village, which would be better than the one at Beijing Olympics.
After unveiling the theme song, Rahman said he was able to decide on the hoot line of the song last night.
He delivered a scintillating performance at the Nautanki Mehal of Kingdom of Dreams with a group of dancers amidst a dazzling show of digital lights.
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda were also present on the occasion.
“We are confident that Delhi with India behind it will be able to achieve what many people believe may not be possible. I also do believe that we with Suresh Kalmadi, his team, the Government of India and the warm and kind support of the Prime Minister will achieve the best ever Commonwealth Games ever,” Dikshit said.
She added, “We are happy that Rahman agreed to compose the theme song. We could not have got a better person to make us sing and make joy become our game.”
Hailing the role of Haryana in providing lodging for visitors, Kalmadi said: “I am happy that the sale of tickets in Gurgaon in the very first two days touched 800 which is better than other cities.”