Music maestro AR Rahman is all set to rock the inaugural ceremony of the Commonwealth Games with his chartbusters Jai ho from the film Slumdog Millionaire (2009) and Maa tujhe salam from his album among others.
As a tribute to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, Rahman will also sing his favourite hymn Vaishnava jan to for a 60,000-strong audience at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi.
Besides an audio-visual presentation of Yaro India bula liya, the audience will be treated to the Chhaiya chhaiya dance sequence mounted on a Human Train made by a team of 1,500, which will showcase small town India.
The 45-minute cultural extravaganza has been conceived by Shyam Benegal, Prasoon Joshi, Javed Akhtar and Bharat Bala among others.
A video has been made around the theme song, written by Rahman, featuring Sania Nehwal, Milkha Singh, Samresh Jung and other sports personalities.
The opening and closing ceremonies of the Games are estimated to cost Rs 300 crore involving about 10,000 artistes and state-of-the-art equipment.
While Rahman’s Maa tujhe salaam will be the last song of the inaugural event, his composition Vande mataram will be played in the concluding ceremony.