Seventy thousand spectators, more than two thousand performers and big names from the Indian music industry — the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony may well be remembered as the biggest rock show in the history of the Capital.
Singers Kailash Kher, Ila Arun, Shankar Mahadevan, Sukhwinder Singh and Sunidhi Chauhan performed high energy Bollywood and international hits, which had the audience singing and dancing along.
“It was one of the biggest shows that has ever happened in India. Performing for such an energetic audience from the world over is a new high,” says Kher, who sang his hits, Teri Deewani and Allah Ke Bande. “For every show to be successful, it is very important to have a great audience, and Delhi proved that at the closing ceremony. They reacted to every song and were singing along,” says Chauhan.
Even the foreign athletes, who were prim and proper during the opening ceremony, were seen jumping on chairs, clicking pictures and dancing away to glory to songs such as We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions. “It was a proud moment. The vibe was awesome, but I regret that I was lip-syncing,” says singer Shubha Mudgal.
“The energy at the stadium was mind-boggling. The bonding between the singers was awesome, too. We were proud to be part of history,” says choreographer Shiamak Davar. For Shaan, who performed alongside Shera, “it was a larger-than-life experience. I was glad to perform with the mascot.”
Too much B’wood?
While those in the stadium had a blast, TV viewers felt the Bollywood element was a tad too overwhelming, which became a hot topic online. “They played the wrong song CD,” wrote Varuni on Facebook, while Rohan tweeted, “It sounded like the songs rowdy boys play in their cars.”